Richt Recaps Day 4 of Camp

Read on to see everything head coach Mark Richt was saying following day 4 of fall camp on Sunday.

Head Coach Mark Richt

Opening Statement...

"Another nice, smoky, hot, humid day in south Florida. It was awesome. Today, like I told the team after practice, we're doing the right things. We're practicing with the right kind of effort and attitude. I thought the offense competed better today. If you would have kept score, like we did, the defense would have had the upper hand in the scoring, but a lot closer competition today, a lot more fight from the offense.

“Before the last break I was really encouraged, because guys were really just fighting the heat and playing hard as heck, physical - all the things you want. Then at the end, it tapered just a tad. I might have given them too many breaks, I probably should have just kept going. But I wanted to keep them hydrated and keep them safe. Considering this smoking hot heat and humidity, I think we might have had one guy have an I.V. for dehydration on the whole team. That's a pretty good indication of how hard they worked this summer and what a good job our strength & conditioning coaches and nutritionist did. My hats off to them."

On the collective speed of the receiver group, which was mentioned during the spring….

"We have good game competitive speed now, especially for our number two unit on defense. We had a few guys - I wouldn't say in the whole receiver group no one had speed - but as a group, we didn't have that much speed. Now we have more guys that can run and really be competitive, and test our defensive backs. We're doing a lot better. Hopefully we'll continue to recruit well and get more guys. We don't have enough still, but we have more than we had."

On the leadership within the receiver group…

"I'd have you ask Coach Dugans, he's in there every day. I don't really know for sure. One kid, Malcolm Lewis, is kind of under the radar to me a little bit. He has really practiced well in the spring and the fall. I think he's a very good player, and I think he is a guy we're going to have to count on this year, and I think he'll do well for us. He's a senior in there as well. I think he leads by example."

On what he has seen in the play of wide receiver Stacy Coley…

"Him, and everyone else, just pushing a little bit harder and longer than maybe they're used to. This is a team thing, not a Stacy thing in particular, but a lot of times you're running a deep ball and in the end, the defensive back and the receiver go to the ground because the ball was short or somehow they get tangled up. Now, guys are starting to pop up off the ground and hustle back and run the next play, instead of laying there and assessing whether they're too tired or something hurts. Just get up and come back to the huddle and play another down. We're doing a lot better in that area as a team."

On fullback Marquez Williams, and his ability to pick up the offense…

"First of all, it's not going to be super complicated for him. He is in our '21' package, which is two receivers, a tight end and two backs - a true fullback and a true tailback. We'll run other personnel groups that don't even have a fullback in the game. The package that we run – ’21 - he is picking it up pretty good. But it's kind of what he has done his entire career at Mars Hill. They did a good job coaching him at Mars Hill."

On how the staff identified Marquez Williams, who transferred from Mars Hill…

"I think it was my son Jon's relationship to Mars Hill - that's where he went to college. He knows all the coaches there. I don't know if Marquez was there right when Jon was ready to leave, because he was a four-year guy. I'm not even sure he was there all four years. But somehow there is a connection there, and, believe it or not, he was also at a local high school in Athens. That's where he is from. I don't even remember him in high school, but I sure remember him when I watched his film from the Mars Hill days."

On if Marquez Williams is actually capable of cleaning 381 pounds in the weight room…

"If it's on video - that's one thing about [strength coach] Gus [Felder]. A lot of times strength numbers can get exaggerated and all that. Gus, he videos everything we do. If somebody says he didn't get that quite big of a clean or a squat or whatever it is, he videos every one of them. If anybody wants to say, ‘Oh, that isn’t real,’ just look at the tape. It's on the video, it's hard to fake it."

On if Marquez Williams is the strongest player on the team…

"You'd have to ask Gus. I would be shocked if anybody was stronger than him."

On what he did in the offseason to prepare for his return in play-calling responsibilities…

"Memorize. Just memorizing formations, protections, plays in general. Codenames, hand signals. I made flashcards. I made my wife give me flash cards, so I can remember all the code names and stuff. I wanted to be able to spit it out, and keep the tempo. If I'm asking the guys to have tempo, I better have tempo, and I better be right."

 


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