Matt Cashore / Irishillustrated.com

Richt Talks Notre Dame

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

On how the team practiced Wednesday

"Practice went well. Third downs - third and medium, third and long, third and short and red zone - high red zone, low red zone - that was the main focus. But kicking game as always, and just a few other things we’re working on. But for the most part, that was the focus of the day.”

 

On the energy level at practice Wednesday

“Good. It got a little feisty out there. Guys wanted to get after each other a little bit today, which was healthy.”

 

On using Gus Edwards and Travis Homer more in the running game…

“I think we have the right backs in there. I’m not saying Gus won’t get any work, because he has practiced well this week. So he might get some playing time. But I don’t think there’s an issue with the runners. We just have to create more space and block better downfield.”

 

On the decision to name Travis Homer a special teams captain for the week…

“We grade the film every week, and whoever we feel is captain-worthy by his effort and production…really not many true freshmen get chosen as a captain, because if it’s close, we tend to go with seniority. But he has been doing it all year long, just covering kicks, covering punts, just doing the things we’ve been asking him to do on all the special teams. And he does it every day in practice – great attitude. Off the field, he does everything right. So he’s a guy that deserves to be rewarded for that.”

 

On if any former Hurricanes have called him about the upcoming Miami / Notre Dame game…

“No, they haven’t. No former players. Steve Walsh was here today and spent a little time, but we haven’t talked about Notre Dame.”

 

On his relationship with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly…

“I don’t know him well at all. I just know of him through watching him and admiring his work. He’s a great coach.”

 

On how a team with Notre Dame’s talent starts the season 2-5…

“There are a lot of good football teams out there. It’s not easy to win games. Every game is a battle. Every game is a fight. Every game is a struggle. Like we’ve been saying, everybody gives scholarships. Everybody has offseason programs. Everybody has scheme, everybody has good coaches. There’s going to be times when that happens.”

 

On if he thinks Miami’s team is similar to Notre Dame’s team…

“I don’t know about that. We’re similar in that everybody is going to have a battle royal every Saturday to try to get a victory. There’s very few teams that are dominant out there. There are a lot of them, where on any given Saturday, either team can win. That’s for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it’s because of the youth of their guys…young guys. Sometimes they’re up, sometimes they’re down. Sometimes it has to do with injuries you gain along the way and any type of attrition you have in your program. Sometimes maybe it’s just how your schedule falls and you’re battling some really good teams…there’s a lot of reasons why. If you look at Michigan State, one of the better teams…how did that happen there? It happened because they play good teams. There are very teams that are going to line up and just whip you physically and beat you down. It’s a battle every week.”

 

On missing out on a potential ‘chess match’ with former colleague and former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder…

“It’s interesting, Brian did coach for me and I know a lot about what he did. Watching the tape, at least there’s a familiarity, but he’s familiar with me too. I’m sure it would have been maybe relatively equal as far as having an idea of what the other person at least likes to do. More than likely, we would have done something a little different, and thrown a curveball. I’m sure he would have too. Brian, you just look at this record overall, he’s a great coach, a Broyles Award winner. Things just didn’t work out.”

 


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