Georgia head coach Mark Richt talked with his local media on Monday and the topic of playing Nebraska for the second straight-year in a bowl game came up.
“We've got a lot of video, obviously, from this season and also from a year ago,” said Richt. “There are not a lot of changes with either team, quite frankly, so I'm sure last year's game is going to be very valuable for both coaching staffs to try to decide how to attack this year. I do know that they have had some injury issues, as we have. Obviously both quarterbacks are out of this game that were starting the season, and they run the ball extremely well. They've got (Ameer) Abdullah rushing for almost 1,600 yards, so that's very impressive. I think they've got about seven starters back on offense and about four starters back on defense, but that's about as far as I'll go as far as the scouting report goes until I can study them a little bit better and do it some justice."
Richt was born in Omaha, before graduating from Boca Raton High School in Florida. He played four seasons at the University of Miami, backing up eventual NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
"I was kind of hoping we would play the U,” said Richt. “I heard there was a chance we could play my alma mater, but this will be great because Nebraska was the team I grew up admiring. That was my team as a kid, so it worked out."
The similarities between both squads in 2013 could not be very much similar – the biggest in the injury column.
“They're a team that's a lot like us. They've been hit by the injury bug, they're 8-4, we're 8-4, and if you look at their games, one thing I've noticed is that they were one drive, one play from being 9-3, being in a bigger bowl, or playing in a conference championship just like us,” said Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason. “I don't think 8-4 describes their record, just like I don't think 8-4 describes our record. They've got a lot of talent and it's going to be a challenge.
"It's going to be a challenge to be able to throw, complete balls, and move the ball. If you just go back and watch last year's game, it took us a while to get going.”
* I will surprised to not see Ameer Abdullah on Pete Fiutak’s “Way Too Early Heisman 2014 List” on Monday: http://cfn.scout.com/2/1357185.html. I will give credit, he did say it’s likely that no one on his list wins it, but after almost 1,600 yards this season I’m surprised the national media still is not giving the junior the credit he deserves.
* Nebraska practiced on Saturday, the Huskers first official practice since the Iowa game. It’s likely the media will be invited to one post-practice this week for bowl questions.