Dean Legge/Dawg Post

Monday Q&A with Mark Richt

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

Head Coach Mark Richt Post-Practice Availability Transcript

West Virginia – Russell Athletic Bowl – December 19, 2016

 

On Monday’s practice…

“It was more scout team work today, just starting to get a feel for the plan and all that kind of deal. There wasn’t a lot of competitive stuff going on today. We were in shorts and hats today. It was more assignment-based.”

 

On simplifying practices during bowl season…

“If you have too much time on your hands, you tend to maybe start thinking of a bunch of new plays and a bunch of new defenses, blitzes and twists, and all that. If you try to add a lot of plays, all of a sudden, can you really execute that many plays, is the question. We just have to make sure we’re not going crazy trying to add too much of this or too much of that – just do what we do, play hard, secure the football, tackle well, block well, do all those things. That’s what wins games, most of the time.”

 

On if any individual player stands out on West Virginia…

“I’ve studied most of their defense. I just see a lot of guys, like they’re front three, they’re in the 285[-pound], close to 300 range. They’re strong, they’re athletic. I see a team that can run. I see a team that is in shape. I see a team that’s physical, they fly around the ball. I see them more as a unit than trying to earmark one guy. Their corner [Rasul Douglas] has a bunch of picks, and he’s a very good player, but I think they have a lot of good players.”

 

On his philosophy about players skipping bowl games…

“I think you should finish what you started. That’s my thought. I think people should do that.”

 

On if future professional aspirations comes in conflict with bowl game…

“I don’t think so. Football is football. Something could happen Game 1. What are you going to quit the team Game 1?”

 

On how Adrian Colbert is performing in practice, and the difficulty of returning after missing time…

“He’s doing great. He’s going to play. I don’t see any reason why he won’t play. Maybe a rookie, maybe a guy that doesn’t keep his mind in it the whole way. I know Adrian kept his mind in it the whole way. He kept in condition the whole way. He was working very hard from the very beginning to play in this game. He knew the timeline would allow him to, if he was ready. He prepared. He’s ready to go.”

 

On what Colbert has shown in his only season at Miami…

“He has shown that he’ll be physical. He has shown that he can run fast. He has shown that he’ll play special teams. I think he had at least one pick, didn’t he? That was a heck of a pick. I think he has shown ball skills. He has gotten their attention, I’m sure. One way or another, he’ll end up in an NFL camp, I’m certain of that.”

 

On Stacy Coley and Corn Elder’s decisions to return to school for their senior years…

“First of all, if they haven’t graduated, they’re a lot closer to graduation. That’s huge. Both of those guys, from what I saw in spring to what I saw by the end of the season, I saw both of them improved greatly. I’m sure the NFL sees the same thing.”

 


Canes Time Top Stories