Richt previews Saturday's scrimmage

Read on to see everything head coach Mark Richt was saying after Thursday's practice as his team prepares to scrimmage for the first time on Saturday.

On Saturday’s scrimmage:
I’ll call offense and Manny will call the defense. It’ll be offense vs defense – ones versus ones, twos versus twos and threes versus threes.

On what he hopes to see Saturday:
Just guys knowing what to do, playing with great effort and technique and competing to win the day. On how much of the offense is installed at this point in spring camp... "I would say about 80 to 90 percent of what we're going to install this spring. We still have a little more installation to go this spring, and defensively, there's a few more things I have to put in too."

On the expected tempo of the upcoming scrimmage...
"It'll be full-speed, it'll be tackle. It'll be a live scrimmage, except for the quarterbacks."

On if he is happy with where his team is with learning everything...
"Not yet. Two days ago, I would have said yes. Today, I'm not so sure."

On running back Gus Edwards, who returns from injury in 2016...
"He practiced better today. I think he had a couple of runs two days ago, where we really gave him a lot of space and he just didn't finish the runs the way we wanted runs to be finished. Obviously Coach [Thomas] Brown made a point, because today, when he did get some space, he was running hard, like he needs to, knocking people back in the runs, which was good. He has ability. He just has to learn to practice hard every single snap."

On if his team is 'bought in', and if so, how he knows that to be the case...
"Just watching [players] react to coaching right now, I would say yes. There's going to be good days and bad days. On the bad days, guys can't lose heart or anything like that. It's not always going to be perfect. Like I said, offensively, two days ago was a very encouraging day. I think everybody walked away saying, 'We'll be alright.' If you go by today, I think offensively there would be some guys that would say, 'I don't know, I'm not sure about this yet.'

“Everybody has to keep believing, keep banging away and keep trusting, and we'll be fine. This is a proven system, it has had success for basically over 30 years. It'll work if everybody does what they're supposed to be doing.

“On defense today, we did some situational stuff. We did third and short, third and medium, third and long, which we hadn't done the whole time through. We did red zone stuff we hadn't done yet. There was a lot of newness, and usually when it's new, the offense struggles a little bit, which they did today."

On how he plans on divvying up quarterback snaps during the upcoming scrimmage...
"That's a good question. Probably very similar to what I've been doing - that's Brad [Kaaya] with the [first string] and everyone else rotating between the two's and three's. It'll probably be the same exact role."


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