South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier takes jab at Dogs' troubles

ATHENS, Ga. -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was back to his old ways this week. In an interview published on on Thursday, Spurrier was asked how he felt about the South Carolina-Georgia game being moved to October.

"I don't know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended," Spurrier said.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt laughed when the quote was read to him.

"How 'bout that," he said. "I think that's funny. That sounds like Steve."

Defending Bobo

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo draws plenty of carping from fans for his play-calling. But he still has support from the man who matters most: Richt.

"Well, I like what he does, or he wouldn't be there," Richt said after Thursday's spring practice session.

The fan criticism is just part of the job for a play-caller, Richt said.

"We don't worry about that. Anybody who's a play-caller is 100 percent guaranteed to be criticized and critiqued and helped and anything else you could imagine," he said.

"It comes with the territory."

Richt then harkened back to his days as the offensive coordinator at Florida State, where he called plays before taking over at Georgia in 2001.

"I caught heck all the time," Richt said. "I had one guy that was the president of the Evict Richt club. He had his website up and running. That was before websites, I think. It's just part of it. And so you can't really worry about that."

Injury updates

Safety Shawn Williams, who suffered a knee injury in last week's scrimmage, won't play in Saturday's G-Day game, but Richt reiterated that he will not require surgery.

"He's going to be fine," Richt said. "It won't be long before he's doing everything."

Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), Keith Marshall (hamstring) and quarterback Faton Bauta (knee) are also out for G-Day. Freshman offensive lineman Zach DeBell sprained his ankle and was not at Thursday's practice, so he likely seems out, as well.

Running back Richard Samuel (concussion) could play after returning to practice.

No updates on suspensions

Richt said there was no further word on suspensions for players who have been reported to fail drug tests.

Bacarri Rambo is facing a four-game suspension, pending appeal, according to his high school coach. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree is also facing one for an uncertain length. Same for cornerback Branden Smith, who was arrested for marijuana possession while on spring break.

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