He stayed true to that when asked about how the secondary lined up in Wednesday’s closed practice.
“You mean, you’d like to know who’s starting and that kind of thing?” Richt said. “I know, but I’m not going to tell you.”
Asked if there’s a plan if quarterback Hutson Mason were to go down injured Saturday, Richt said: “Absolutely. I know but I’m not going to tell you.”
The stance from Richt continued a preseason in which information coming from coaches or the school was scaled back.
Daily injury reports were done away with.
New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t available this week for interviews.
A depth chart was issued but Richt a day later downplayed the significance of it indicating positions were still in flux. He said Wednesday inexperience in the secondary remains a “concern.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is paying attention to the comings and goings out of Athens on defense.
“We study them as much as we can but some of these guys we don’t have a lot of film on,” Swinney said. “Some of these guys are obviously great players. You know (Leonard) Floyd, (Jordan) Jenkins, (Amarlo) Herrera, (Ramik) Wilson and (Tim) Kimbrough these are guys who have played well for them. (James) DeLoach and (Sterling) Bailey and (Ray) Drew. They’ve got a bunch of veterans back that we’ve seen play and we’ve got a good feel for the type of players that they are. (Damian) Swann on the back end is a great corner, but there’s some unknowns as far as how they’re going to use them with a new staff and position them.”
Richt said he could see more rotation in the secondary than last year and alluded to the weather Saturday.
WSB’s Brad Nitz tweeted tonight a forecast with a kickoff temperature of 89 with “scattered storms around.”
“If you look at the forecast, you’ve got to be thinking in terms of who besides your starter can go in there and function,” Richt said. “I think it’s going to be a really hot day or evening and I think it’s going to test everybody, both teams, both sides of the ball.”
Richt ended the session that lasted less than nine minutes with this: “It’s just time to play. It’s time to play.”