Richt talks after Tuesday's Practice

Read on to see what head coach Mark Richt was saying following Tuesday's practice.

On the play of Al-Quadin Muhammad wanting to be the best defensive lineman in the country...
"If he plays hard every down, and he plays with that relentless effort that I mentioned before, he has a chance. There's a lot of good players on there. I want our guys to believe in themselves, and I want them to have those kinds of goals, within the framework of the team. If he plays great, it does help the team - that's true of anybody at any position. He has some really good tools, he has a great motor, and if he can stay healthy and really play up to his potential, he'll have a chance to be pretty good."

On the play of safeties...
"I think they're doing a nice job. They're doing a really good job of disguising coverage. [When] coaching quarterbacks, you want to key safeties to make decisions on where to go with the ball. I've had the toughest time keying these guys than anybody in 33 years of coaching. I think Coach Banda is doing a great job. Coach Diaz does a nice job of really teaching these guys to understand how important them disguising things is to keeping us from going to the right person. A guy goes deep-middle, I'm going somewhere. If he stays Cover 2, I might go another place. If I can't distinguish which one it is, I have some issues as a quarterback. We've had a lot of misreads because of that."

On if reshaping the offensive line was a major focus...
"The major focus is everything. That's part of it. You can't do anything if the line isn't playing well. I think Coach Searels has done a nice job of teaching these guys. It's showing up every practice. We're getting a little bit better, a little more time to throw, a little more space to run. Guys seem to be sticking their hat in the right spot, giving the effort that you need. Sometimes you don't need a devastating block - you just need to get your hat placement exactly where it's supposed to be, and force the defender to decide if he's going to keep contain or jump inside of a block. If you can't block the right guy, and you don't put your hat in the right spot, you have no chance. If you get assignment right, technique right and then you can physically impose your will, you've got something really special."

On the status of offensive linemen Sunny Odogwu...
"He's just out there encouraging his teammates right now, trying to learn the best he can in the meetings and in practice."

On Scott Patchan...
I'm not going to make any comment on injuries around here.

On Bar Milo...
He's a lot like the rest of them. He's scrappy, trying to learn. Until they know what they need to do it's hard to judge the athleticism of a lineman. It looks like he's improving athletically but it's more of him knowing what to do now.

On the group of running backs...
I think we have a group that can help us win. We have some good backs. I don't know if any of them are great yet. We'll start to see in a scrimmage to see. I didn't watch a whole bunch of film from last season.

On the offense coming along...
You gain confidence when you know what to do. You gain confidence as a unit when everyone does it right and it works. They're gaining confidence in their assignments. We'll be OK.

On backs blocking better...
We're getting better with assignments and with striking. There are times when our tailbacks need to block that big ole joker. When you get your pads down and you strike, you have a chance. Quan Muhammad was running through those guys in the beginning and now they're slowing him down some.


Canes Time Top Stories