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Richt Recaps Day 2

Read on to see everything Mark Richt was saying following the second day of fall camp on Friday.

Opening Statement…
“Much better day of everybody handling the tempo, handling the heat, handling everything that we’re asking them to do. I thought we practiced like champions today. We got to keep doing it, but it was a very good day in regards to that.”

On what it means to practice like a champion…
“Effort. Focus. Energy level. Just doing what you’re coached to do, down after down. It wasn’t perfect by any means. We had too many penalties today, we had some issues on assignments – you’ll always have that when you rep two [second-string] and three [third-string] teams. I know what it looks like to have the type of practice where you’re going to get better every day, and today was one of those. Yesterday was close, but today was.”

On the play of junior wide receiver Braxton Berrios, who impressed on third downs as a freshman…
“He’ll be an every down option. With the tempo we’re going to want to go at, I’m hoping to be two deep at three-receiver sets and two-receiver sets. I don’t see him as a situational guy. He can do anything first, second or third down. A lot of it is just going to be running a bunch of plays, and when one guy gets tired, the next guy comes in and he starts going. He can do it all.”

“I’m all for [third-down catches]. The thing of it is, our offense is structured where we don’t have him as the main target. He may be the first progression, second or third. The defense, a lot of times, dictates where the ball goes, if the quarterback does it right.”

On the play of the team’s safeties through the first two days of camp…
“I like it – the veterans, especially. You can tell a big difference between the young guys and the old guys – just learning how to disguise coverage better. There’s a cat-and-mouse game every snap, with the quarterback trying to figure out what the coverage is. The more the safeties and secondary can disguise it, the tougher it is for the quarterback to be right. It makes him hold the ball longer. The veterans do a great job of that, and the young guys are still learning it. Overall, the safeties, especially the older guys, are doing a great job.”

On his early impressions of transfer defensive back Adrian Colbert…
“I like him. I liked him since the day he got here – his energy, his maturity. He should be mature. He has been at a great program, and came here and could keep pace in some cases, show the way. He did a good job.”

On the difficulty of transitioning from safety to cornerback, like Colbert is doing…
“Oh yeah. He’ll play. He’ll play a lot. He’ll play on special teams too. He’s long, athletic, fast. I know most every safety works on man coverage skills anyways. He’s not really that rusty at all.”

On the progression of redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Rosier…
“He’s in the pack. [There’s] Kaaya, [then] pack. That’s what I got right now…Malik knows what he’s doing. Malik has to take it from the meeting room to the field, like the rest of them. I think when plays break down, he has a tendency to want to make something special happen. Sometimes, you just [have to] burn the ball. Sometimes you just take a sack. I think that wanting to make every play a great play, sometimes it’s not good. I always say, ‘don’t turn a bad play into a catastrophe.’ If it’s a bad play, burn the ball. We’ll punt. I’m okay with that. Sometimes he has a tendency to want to stretch more out of a play than he should.”

On the timeline of naming a backup quarterback…
“I’m not making any promises, but it could be as early as the first scrimmage. I just want to have peace that I’m doing the right thing. Sooner or later, we have to get the reps for the number two guy. If I have to wait until even after the third scrimmage, which gives me still 10 practice days prior, I think we’ll still be okay.”

On the status of freshman linebacker Michael Pinckney, who was seen riding an exercise bike…
“I think it’s a quad or hamstring. Something is bothering him a little bit. We don’t think it’s serious, but enough to where he wasn’t going full speed.”

On the status of junior linebacker Jermaine Grace, who was not seen at practice…
“Final day of exams. We had a few guys doing that today.”

On the idea of wanting his players to be bored with the playbook due to consistency and repetition…
“There’s still a lot to learn, a lot of variables. I want them to be bored in that it’s the same thing, it’s a consistent message. In this coverage you do this, in that coverage you do that. In this look, you run this way, in that look, you run that way. It never changes. In some ways, I want it to be boring in that they know it so well, that when the heat comes, they’ll be able to function well and not panic.”


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