Richt Breaks Down WR Group & More

Read on to see everything Mark Richt was saying following Tuesday morning's practice.

Head Coach Mark Richt


Opening Statement…

"It was one of those short and sweet practices. We have two today, so I didn't want to wear them completely out before our kicking scrimmage. We also have a scrimmage tomorrow. We wanted this to be short. We did get the lovely horn [lightning alarm] to stop everything. I think the closest strike was 28 miles away, but the horn did go off, because we predict lightning around here, we don't detect it [laughter]. Anyways, we had to have a game delay, go in there for about 20 minutes and come back out and practice. It turned out to be a good day. We needed it - offensively, especially. Offense had a big day today - had the best day of the camp, as far as the point system we have. When you go red zone, if you catch one in the endzone, that's a two-pointer for the offense. So it's tougher for the defense to win that day, just by the point system. It was a good day, a good morning, a good practice."


On how much he’s looking forward to an indoor practice facility…

"It would be nice. Today, it would have been nice. The horn goes off, we go in there and we finish. We don't get 20 or 30 minutes behind. We were at the mercy of the horn to go back on. If we had waited another five minutes, I would have shut it down, because I just didn't want to wait all day. But then it was 63 miles away, the nearest strike, so I thought we had a good chance of the horn going back to let us get back out again [laughter]."


On if he is conscious of incoming weather when scheduling practice…

"I've learned to just go with plan A. If I think about plan B every day, it makes me crazy. I've been doing it for 15 going on 16 years now. I just start with plan A and adjust on the fly."


On the format for Wednesday’s scrimmage…

"We're going to practice here, and have it similar to what we did last Wednesday [during the first scrimmage]. In other words, we'll have four drives with each unit - ones and twos - one is a minus-25 start [offense starts on 35-yard line], one is a minus-35 start, one is a 50-yard line start, one is a plus-40 start. We'll also sneak in a one-minute drill before the half. We'll also do our third and medium and third and long, which we did last time. We'll do a one-minute drill at the end of the game. We'll do an overtime, and we'll do two-point plays. We're adding basically some one-minute drills, overtime, instead of a plus-16 drive...kind of a red zone thing. We're going to practice an overtime session and we're going to practice two-point plays."


On what specifically he is looking for out of Wednesday’s scrimmage…

"The biggest thing for me and Jon [Richt, quarterbacks coach] in our room is who is going to be the No. 2 quarterback? We need to find that out. That's the biggest question for me right now."


On what the offense did better during Tuesday’s practice…

"We placed the ball better, and guys made good catches for the most part. We had opportunities last time we were in the red zone. Last time we got together in the red zone, we had short yardage - which is third and two and third and one - and red zone. That means the offense should win that day, and we got beat. They stoned us, pretty much, in short yardage, or at least got a tie. You should win just about every one of those, with that kind of yardage. Then in the red zone, we didn't throw and catch at all. We pretty much called the same plays, we placed the ball better, the guys made catches, and it was just a better day because of that."


On if he thinks Malcolm Lewis has shed his “under-the-radar” label…

"As far as I'm concerned, he's very reliable, he's very consistent and he's making plays. He's a good athlete, he has good speed, good hands. He's going to play a good bit for us."


On the battle at the ‘X’ receiver position…

"The biggest issue with Ahmmon [Richards] has been, I don't know if it's turf toe or something. Something has been bothering him. He hasn't been full speed. He looked really, really good, and then I think it was a turf toe-type deal that he was kind of fighting through. He's really not what he was. Dayall [Harris] is ahead of everybody. [Darrell] Langham and Ahmmon, I would say, are probably battling for the next spot right now. If Ahmmon gets healthy, that may change. But we were teaching [Malcolm] Lewis a little bit of 'X' just in case...you just never know what can happen with an injury. We had one more guy learning X that we thought could play, and that was Malcolm."


On the play of Darrell Langham at wide receiver…

"Langham, the last couple of days, has shown a little more. He has a little more juice in practice, a little more energy, competing harder. Him, like many, they have to do it on a day-to-day basis. It can't be one day of this and one day of that. He has been inconsistent in camp, but the last two days, I'll hand it to him - he is coming on."


On the play of Sam Bruce at wide receiver…

"He’s still learning. Still learning what to do - that's part of his issue. Just not being certain of what to do. Like the last play of red zone, he ran the wrong route. True to form, we tend to throw it to the guy who runs the wrong route, for some reason around here. The worst part of it was he scored. Maybe we invented penicillin right there - he's learning what to do [laughter]. The ball-catching, I would say he has pretty good ball skills.

"He has great quickness and speed. He has not unbelievable speed, but he has very good game speed. He competes. that's one thing I like about him. He's a little like Berrios, in that, at the end of the practice, he still got a lot of juice. He still goes fast, and some guys kind of run out of gas on a day like this, but he tends to be in the kind of condition where he can keep going."


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