Practice No. 16, scheduled around a morning athletics staff meeting with President Julio Frenk and on-campus meetings for the team's youngest student-athletes, started shortly after 11:00 a.m. Thursday.
"Tomorrow we're going to have a full fundamental day again, so we wanted to give them a little bit of a break," Richt said. "We basically did most everything we normally do, we just kind of condensed the time of it. We also had some orientation meetings with a lot of our freshmen today, so that's why we're doing it in this certain window."
Upon further review, Richt mentioned one quality of the Hurricanes that has remained a constant throughout his first #CanesCamp.
“I thought the players just gave it up - you go back and watch the tape…I just don't see much loafing around,” Richt said. “Usually somebody is dogging it out there and you have to get on them, but that part has been probably the most pleasing thing of camp, is the effort of these guys every day.”
Redshirt senior defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins, a player who Richt identified as having taken the next step from a leadership perspective, said he has seen plenty of positives throughout the early going.
“Definitely tackling. We tackle really well. And competing, just as an overall group. Like I said, technique - there’s not very much we need to improve on, in my opinion,” Jenkins said. “Just bringing those younger guys along, because we’re going to need them at some point down the road.”
Redshirt freshman linebacker Jamie Gordinier said the Hurricanes are getting through what defensive coordinator Manny Diaz called the “dog days” of camp.
“The coaches are setting a really high standard for us,” Gordinier said. “We were doing some extra stuff after practice for things we didn’t do right in the scrimmage. Everyone is kind of sore and tired, but that shouldn’t stop us right now.”
Richt said that the Hurricanes’ energy level on the Greentree Practice Fields is among his biggest takeaways.
“I don't have to get everybody to go,” Richt said. “I don't see anybody feel like he has to grab his teammate and get them to go. They're all doing it, and I think they enjoy that. I think they respect each other enough to do that.”