Mark Richt

Friday Q&A with Mark Richt

Read on to see everything Mark Richt was saying after Friday's practice.

Head Coach Mark Richt Post-Practice Availability Transcript

West Virginia – Russell Athletic Bowl – December 16, 2016

 

On the third bowl practice and improvement from Thursday’s practice…

“Yes, we had one Saturday, a week ago I guess. Then we waited until exams are over. This was [practice] number three. It’s hard to know what day of the week it is…from yesterday to today, huge [improvement]. I didn’t talk to you after practice [yesterday] because I wasn’t really in a great mood after that one. The practice was decent, then we ran a little bit of conditioning, and everyone acted like they were dead. It was a bad image. But today, they got their mind right and they got it done. They looked like a team. Yesterday, they looked like…I won’t even say it. It just wasn’t good.”

 

On if slowdowns around exam time can be typical of a team…

“Here’s the deal – all their lifting and running was not mandatory during exams. We wanted them to have the freedom to do that. It’s like I told them – nobody studies 24/7 through exams. There’s probably a day in there, or two days maybe, where you have to get after it. But on a five- or six-day period, you might have three exams. You can probably take an hour or two to get your blood pumping a little bit. I think a lot of them didn’t. Then when we came back to work, it was not good.

But the good thing is that we’re going to be going from here all the way through the game. A lot of times, if you have a January 1 bowl, you’ll practice, you go home for four days then you come back, then all you got left is those couple of days at the site. Those are the times you really worry about your conditioning more. I know we’ll be in good shape by the time we get to this game, because we’re going straight through.  There’s one day for travel, but other than that, we’re really going every day.”

 

On if the focus of practice is on West Virginia preparation or more internally focused…

“We’ll start scout team work tomorrow. The first two days were fundamentals. To me, fundamentals will help us win the game. I think it’s still in preparation for West Virginia. It’s not like we’re scrimmaging or doing a spring ball practice. We’re doing a normal [Miami] practice, working hard on fundamentals and not having to do a lot of thinking and scheming the first couple of days. We’re just focusing on blocking, tackling…all the things you have to do to be great fundamentally. Starting tomorrow, we’ll start hitting our scout team work. We’ll start it. We’re not going to go the whole day in scouts, but little by little, we’ll get more and more as we go.”

 

On recruiting in South Florida, with the addition of Charlie Strong and Lane Kiffin as head coaches…

“I don’t know. We’ll see. They’re great coaches, really good programs. It’ll be attractive to guys. We just have to try to be more attractive. Everyone wants to talk about it. They are good coaches. They know what they’re doing. I think this state is blessed with those coaches, and also coaches are blessed with the talent base in this state. That’s probably a big part of the attraction. I don’t think you’d have that lineup in a state that didn’t have enough great players to support everybody.”

 

On the travel roster for the bowl game, and if every player attends…

“Yes. Yes they do.”

 

On the status of redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Gerald Willis III…

“He had his knee cleaned up. He’s not ready to be outside yet.”

 

On if any players are standing out in bowl practice…

“Like I’ve been saying, it’s not like we’ve got a big patch of guys that we’re redshirting and getting ready, and they’re going to be the next guy. All those guys are playing. There’s nobody that hasn’t been either getting reps in a game or practice to this point, so it’s not like all of a sudden we’re seeing something new. Like I said, if I had 20 guys either redshirted or guys who were just not getting a lot of reps, special teams only – I might be going eight-play drives for scrimmages maybe once a day or every other day, just to develop them. But we don’t have enough bodies to do that right now.”

 

On offensive lineman George Brown, Jr., who transferred from LSU…

“He’s been getting in the mix the whole time. We’ve been getting him [second-team] reps a lot, even though he’s ineligible to play. We want to teach him and train him. We’ve been trying to develop him the entire season.”

 

On the potential for players transferring, and if anyone has reached out to him…

“No. They haven’t. That’s this time of year. Those kinds of things happen. I’m not talking about them specifically, but guys that want to stay and be great, that’s wonderful. Guys that choose to go, for whatever reason, God bless them. Again, I’m not saying I’d be excited about any of those guys leaving. I don’t want them to. But we’re not going to beg anybody to stay at The U. It’s too great of a place.”

 

On holding off on NFL Draft Advisor Board’s comments on draft-eligible players…

“What it depends on, yearly, is really when you get the information. You give it to the NFL and some years I didn’t get it back until three days before the game. I’m talking about January 1 games. Some years I get it back quick. Depending on when I get it back, might have a determination on when I’m going to talk to them about it.”


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