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Richt Updates Injuries & More

Read on to see everything Mark Richt was saying on Wednesday.

On Wednesday’s practice…

“I thought it was good. Versus the scout team, some of that…a little frustrating. A lot of it is just that we’re so thin on scout team. Our scout team guys are busting their tails, going every snap. On offense, you’ll have a [first-string] one unit run five plays then a [second-string] two unit runs three plays. Guess what? The scouts are running all the plays. It’s just tough on those guys. I love those guys, and they’re really giving all they got for us, but it’s tough for them to give a great look when there’s just not enough of them to keep them fresh. That becomes a little frustrating, as far as the look they get and the simulation of what we’re trying to get. Then, like I said, we go offense versus defense – ones versus twos, twos versus ones. We script it so the two defense gives our offensive ones the best look possible. Our two offensive team can give the best look for the number two defense…you can kind of see where we’re at. I thought part of the practice was really good. We start the practice with it, we end the practice with it, and it was very good.”

 

On the group of players behind the offensive line “starters” has performed…

“They’re second team for a reason right now. Some of them are on the younger side and developing. Some of them are just trying to prove they can play at this level. We think we’ve got the best guys in the starting lineup, and of course if you lose a guy, you have to put another guy in there. We have a deal with [Alex] Gall that he has a class early in the day. So he misses almost the first half of practice. That puts us in another bind to just get through the first half of practice. You’re putting guards at tackle and guards at center…it’s not ideal. The good news is you only need five one you kick it off.”

 

On the status of Trevor Darling and Demetrius Jackson…

“I think they’ll both play in the game. I don’t go over injury reports right now, really. They will both play...I don’t want to get into injury reports. That’s why there’s a certain time we give them out at the end of the week. We’ll go with that.”

 

On the resulting energy from the return of a player like Demetrius Jackson…

“He’s a teammate like everybody else. I think the guys love and respect him, but I think they feel that way about most of their teammates. It’s always good to have a guy back and just add more energy to the group, add more depth to the group. It’s thin right now.”

 

On freshman Joe Jackson and how he has contributed…

“He’s a happy guy. He shows up with a good attitude, he loves to play football, he loves to practice. He’s very excited about being at The U. And he’s getting to play not more than he should, but more than a lot of times you do when you’re a young guy like that. Usually there’s enough depth in there where you don’t play a whole bunch. But he’s played so much, he’s a veteran now. I like his attitude that he brings every day.”

 

On the development of Joe Jackson with a look towards the future…

“I don’t know how much he has gained since he has been here. He’s still a pretty slim and trim guy. He is going to muscle up and really be fantastic, but the experience that he has been gaining right now has been huge. And he has made plays for us. He’s playing in games when everything is on the line. That won’t be a shock to him in the future.”


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