Richt muzzles Georgia players four days before Missouri game

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Mark Richt usually approves a long list of interview requests submitted by reporters each Wednesday before the Bulldogs’ games. But Georgia’s coach, by his own admission, “put a big X through everybody’s name” this week.

Richt was asked why during his post-practice news conference, which he always conducts on Wednesday evenings.

“Sometimes it’s just Groundhog Day; the same guys all the time,” he said. “And some of the guys I don’t want them to talk right now because some of them are young and some of them are coming off injuries. So I said I’ll spend extra time with you guys.”

Among the players that were requested that won’t be heard from this week were backup quarterback Brice Ramsey, wide receiver Malcom Mitchell, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and tailback Todd Gurley.

Asked if he thought it might be a good idea to let his Heisman Trophy candidate talk to media, Richt smiled. “I really think if he keeps running really good and jumping over people and throwing touchdown passes, he’s got a chance.”

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