Richt talks WRs, injuries, and more

Read on to see everything head coach Mark Richt was saying following Friday's practice.

Head Coach Mark Richt

Opening Statement…

"Today we worked hard on our short yardage offense and defense, red zone offense and defense, installation down there, which went well. Teaching, learning, still competing. Short yardage, it's hard to say, but offense probably got the nod on that, at least the ones [first string] did. That may not be true - it was about a dead heat on the short yardage. Defense won the red zone today, and overall, the defense won the day again. I know it's getting frustrating for the offensive guys, but we have to keep competing, keep executing. A lot of it is execution issues. A lot of it is getting beat physically. I'll take my share of the blame as well for not putting them in the best position, at times. When you install, you're kind of calling plays that you're installing that day. We haven't really started gameplanning anybody yet. That's about how the day went."

On if he has any frustration with the offense…

"At times. It's a process, I know that. It takes time. You're working ones, twos [second string] and threes [third string], so it's hard to get continuity right off the get-go, with that many groups. But if all I did was watch our ones, every time our ones were in there, I'd feel pretty good...our twos are going against the number one defense, and they're swarming them pretty good. If you just went our offensive ones, on every tape from there, I would say the offense was winning the majority of the days. Defensive ones have been winning, but they've been winning by a larger margin, if that makes sense. And that's why that's been a difference most of the time."

On the team’s first-year wide receivers…

"Dayall [Harris] is farther ahead. Ahmmon [Richards] is in pretty decent shape, and there's Sam [Bruce], by virtue of the fact that he got here later than everybody else...we have some first-year tight ends too that have a ways to go, just learning what to do. There's so much to master as a tight end in this system. They're struggling a little bit mentally. When you're not sure, it's hard to be physical. The young guys in general are struggling, but Dayall and Ahmmon are a little bit further ahead at receiver."

On the rotation at running back….

"There won't be just one featured back. We'll figure out who the starter and see what kind of shape he's in. But I feel very comfortable with more than just one or two tailbacks right now. We'll be fine, we keep them fresh and keep them healthy."

On the absence of tight end Stan Dobard, defensive back Robert Knowles and fullback Gage Batten from practice…

"Stan had an ankle thing. I think Stan's was ankle. Knowles, it could have been a hand. He had something to do with his finger, it got jacked up a little bit. [Gage’s surgery] went well, but it will be a little while before he can practice."

On the progression he has seen from defensive back Ryan Mayes…

"Good. He's the kind of guy that, like anybody else, you have to do things on a consistent basis. Even sometimes when you're getting an interception here and there, it's exciting, but also you have to make sure you're in position to make a play if somebody decided to make a double move or something like that. You can't be reckless, but his picks have been pretty calculated. Very good breaks on the ball. A couple of times the quarterback threw the ball behind the receiver, which gave him that opportunity, as far as the picks. But overall, I think he's having a really good camp."

On working with the team’s quarterbacks and his son, quarterbacks coach Jon Richt…

"I'm enjoying it. They're a really good group of guys. They take it real serious. We'll have moments when we enjoy each other's company and have a little fun, but when it's time to get down to business, they do a good job. I don't have any issue with anybody as far as focus or just trying to take care of business."

On what he expects from wide receiver Stacy Coley this fall…

"I see a guy who is in shape. I see a guy who is focused. I see a guy who wants to be great. I see a guy who came back for a purpose. He wants to help the team win, but he also wants to be in as good of shape as he can with his future as a football player, which I think he has. He has done all the things we've asked him to do. He's always had a little soft tissue stuff - hamstring, whatever it is. He did an unbelievable job all summer. I'm not going to sit here and say he can never pull a muscle, but he really hasn't been bothered by it so far because of how hard he has worked all summer long."

 


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