Richt Breaks Down QB Group

Read on to see everything Mark Richt is saying about his team's quarterback group.

Head Coach Mark Richt

Opening Statement…

"I don't know what practice this was, whether it was [number] 17 or 18, somewhere in there. We're over halfway. We're getting ready to break into scout teams here in a little bit, probably by Monday we'll at least know who's on the scout team and who is working with the one [first-string] and two [second-string] units. We won't be working threes [third-string] much, if any, any more after this point. We have one more day where we'll do that. As far as the quarterback position is concerned, the No. 1 guy, of course, is Brad [Kaaya]. Right now what I'm going to do is work [Vincent] Testaverde and Malik [Rosier] with the twos, and give them all the reps with the twos and kind of let them battle it out. The rest of the guys, I want them to keep competing. They're in still a lot of drill work...if somebody struggles in that two unit match, it might be someone [else] bumps in there. It's not 100-percent solid that one of those two will be the No. 2, but they're in the driver's seat right now. They'll get all the reps with the number twos."

On what he saw from Vincent Testaverde Jr....

"First of all, very tight race. There were times when I would have said Evan [Shirreffs] is in that bunch. There were times where I would have said Jack [Allison] is in that two-man deal. It took a long time to get to this point. No one really was so consistent that I was like, 'This is a slam dunk.' All these guys, even the top two, they've not done everything like we want it done on a consistent basis. But they show flashes, and they're a little more solid, maybe, in their accuracy or the decision-making process. But, even today, a bad decision here and there that we just can't have. Now you're in that position, what are you going to do with it? You're getting the reps, what are you going to do with it? That's part of the exercise. Once a guy feels like it's down to two, what happens to him? Does he continue to focus and get better, or does he spit the bit?"

On if having played for Texas Tech contributed to Testaverde Jr. being in the race for the No. 2 QB job…

"I didn't sit there and say because of that...there were moments when he was out of the top two for the No. 2 spot."

On which of the backup quarterbacks has been the most accurate in practice and scrimmages…

"Part of the reason why Malik and Testaverde are there is because of the accuracy issue. That's part of it - to say one over the other, I wouldn't say."

On what Evan Shirreffs needs to do to get back into the race for the No. 2 quarterback job…

"He just needs to keep taking the reps and knowing what to do, and hitting his target when it presents itself. Just accuracy will go a long way in his cards, like it does for all of them."

On what he has seen from Malik Rosier...

"I think Malik has a tendency to want to do something heroic. I keep telling him I don't need a hero, I need someone to run the system. I need someone to do what they're supposed to do on a down-by-down basis. There's two things that I'm teaching them - if there's a bad play, don't turn it into a catastrophe. In other words, sometimes we call a route and it's a one-high beater route, and we guess wrong. It ends up being two deep - well don't throw it into coverage. Throw the ball away. Or it's perfect coverage, but the guard gets beat by the three-technique [defensive tackle] and he's up in your face. Well, you might have to throw it away if you have time, or take a sack and protect the ball. Don't throw it under duress up in the air and let the ball get batted around and picked. Don't turn a bad play into a catastrophe. The other thing is, like I said before, most great plays are just a normal play that they do at an extraordinary time. Just be consistent in your reads, be consistent in your accuracy, be consistent in getting us in the right place, be consistent in declaring who the mike linebacker is and our run and passing game schemes to let everyone know who to block. Those are the things they have to do."

On naming two players in the race for the No. 2 quarterback job…

"This is about competition still. I'm not sure who the No. 2 is. By the time we play, I want to know who is the first guy in the game. Right now, I don't know who it is. That's why I'm doing that."

On if he has ever named two players in the race for the No. 2 quarterback job before…

"Sure. I'm not naming anything. I'm just saying these two guys are battling for the No. 2 spot. I might have said co-No. 2, but to me, there's two guys left that are going to get reps with the two units that is going to help us decide who should be in the game first."


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