Richt Talks UNC, Injuries, & More

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

Opening Statement…

Wednesday. Work day. Overall, it was a good day. We got it in. It took a little extra time for the offense to get it right after practice, but better than yesterday, so that’s a good sign. We just have to make sure we get every assignment right, every technique right, all the effort right on every snap. We have to script the plays that we’re going to run, and it’s all designed to be done within the framework of the practice time, but it took us just a little bit longer. It’s not all that unusual.”

 

On what he told the offense after Tuesday’s practice and if he saw anything differently…

“I told the offense, ‘Here’s the script. We’re going to run these plays, and we’re going to run them right. If you don’t, we’ll run them again. If we don’t get them done in time, we’ll run them after practice or early tomorrow. If we have to go to school, we’ll do it at a time when there’s no responsibilities.’ I just said that everybody in America has to make a decision about whether you’re going to get better or get worse today, whether you survive the day or you thrive today – what’s it going to be? You choose. This game is about players. Coaching matters, but they’re the ones who got to do it, got to want it, got to care enough…I’m trying to make them understand that.”

 

On how next week’s Thursday game affects practice for this coming Saturday’s game as far as timing and preparation…

“Not right now. We do have a plan set for next week, which we had the discussion as a staff about how we wanted to handle it. We will not practice SundayMonday will go like a TuesdayTuesday will go like a Wednesday and Wednesday will go like a Thursday. Right up [after] that practice Wednesday…we’ll get right on the bus and get ready to go.”

 

On having injuries…

“We got issues there. We cut down a little bit of the team time against each other, the higher tempo. If you’re going to have a guy injured in practice – which you shouldn’t, even in that format, because we do everything ‘thud’ and everyone stays up – there’s a greater chance of something happening in that drill than against the scouts. We cut it down – not a lot, a little bit. Yesterday, we cut down eight plays, which is a decent amount, then today, we only cut out four plays. Because we had to work on our third downs and our red zone stuff.”

 

On how quarterback Brad Kaaya practiced Wednesday

“I don’t even think twice about it. He just came out to practice and got to work. No doubt. We just want him healthy first…I’m triggering a bunch of questions. I’m not in there lecturing as much as asking, ‘What do you do on this? What do you do on that? What’s your read on here? What’s your progression?’

 

On North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky…

“I’ve watched some, but other than that, I haven’t studied him. I’ve seen in a couple of games on TV. They do a lot of run-pass option. Last week, we played Florida State’s defense, so we’re watching North Carolina’s offense versus Florida State’s defense. I definitely got to look at him. He’s impressive.”


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