Coach Richt talks about team after Day 4

Read on to see what Mark Richt was saying following the team's fourth spring practice.

On how the team looked during Tuesday's practice...
"Not bad. Not bad. I think we're learning a lot. I thought offensively; we had a better day. I thought we're starting to come closer to the execution that we need - or, at least, close enough to say, 'hey, see how close we are to getting it right?' Execution is not easy offensively, especially when we're defending a very talented bunch of guys, some guys that are bringing some good blitzes and twists and things of that nature. It takes a little while to get it going. But I saw improvement there.

"The defense is still playing extremely hard, making some plays. But they're learning as they go. We have to learn how to practice a little bit better...it was supposed to be not time to tackle yet, and we had a little tackling going on. It's understandable that everybody is hyped up and ready to go, but we need to learn to practice against each other and go with the tempo we choose. We'll have days that we tackle and days that we don't - today was one where we were not supposed to. Now we did, earlier in the practice, had a little three-on-three competition that was a nice, heated battle and I thought everybody got excited about that."

On how many quarterbacks he likes on a roster at once...
"I don't know if there's really a limit, but the least amount of guys I would want to have is five on scholarship. That would be my goal. Sometimes it's four, sometimes it's six. But I've had a bunch of guys over the years, have two in the same class, and both go into the NFL. The other thing too is sometimes one guy redshirts and one guy doesn't, and you can get some separation that way as well."

On the importance of footwork…
"We do. What happens is, we'll throw routes versus air - basically wide receivers versus nobody. The footwork, if you just film the footwork there, it's really good. Then when you start putting defenders over there - like our seven-on-seven or pass skeleton, as we call it - when you're starting to make decisions downfield, all of a sudden your feet kind of go bad here and there. Then you had defensive linemen to it and a little pressure, and all of a sudden your footwork goes to crud. They have to learn to keep their footwork consistent, regardless of the drill. It's versus air, it's skeleton, it's 11-on-11, it's a scrimmage then it's a game. It's a progression of getting used to doing it. They'll get there."


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