Kaaya: This team is excited about Richt

Read on to see what quarterback Brad Kaaya is saying about the hiring of new head coach Mark Richt.

Sophomore QB Brad Kaaya

General thoughts on the hiring of Mark Richt…
“It’s a great hire. I think he’s the best possible candidate that we could’ve gotten. He’s a good dude. The team really responds well to him, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

On his first impression of Coach Richt when he met with the team…
“Just talked about his background, his foundation, just what he expects from us. He expects guys to do the right things, guys to buy in, which I think our guys will. He just gave a lot of his background just what he’s done as a player and a coach.”

On Coach Richt’s work with quarterbacks…
“Of course, I watched them a lot when I was young, in middle school. I watched his teams. He had some really good teams at Georgia [with quarterbacks such as] Matt Stafford and Aaron Murray. I used to always watch Matt Stafford. So, [there are many] good quarterbacks who he’s developed. I’m just looking forward to talking ball with him, talking plays and concepts with him.”

On if he feels he is a good fit for Coach Richt’s offense…
“Yeah, he’s an offensive-minded guy. He told us this morning, he’s not trying to come in here and make it Georgia. He’s adapted to his players as well and his biggest thing is making sure the players can play fast.”

On Coach Richt’s calmness and confidence…
“Yeah, real calm dude. His biggest thing is just earning our respect, that’s what he said. He knows that we’ve been through a lot as a team, he realizes that. He’s also been through a lot himself, so right now, at this point, it’s just earning our respect.”

On if Coach Richt had the team’s respect from the start…
“Yeah, all the guys responded very well so far. It was real positive feedback from the guys. I’m just looking forward to getting to know him better.”

On how excited the team was when they found out Coach Richt was being hired…
“A lot of guys were excited. I know all the running backs were. He’s had some good running backs at Georgia. I was excited, my parents were excited, my quarterback coach, Rudy Carpenter, was. It’s just great for everybody in the building.”

On if this gives the team a sense of stability going forward…
“Yeah, no doubt. He’s a good dude. Mark is a really good guy. At this point, our team doesn’t have to worry about who our coach is going to be. We’re about playing this bowl game and finishing strong for our seniors.”


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