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Richt Talks QB Situation Saturday

Read on to see everything head coach Mark Richt was saying following Saturday's practice.

Head Coach Mark Richt – Spring Practice Transcript – April 15, 2017

 

On assessment of the quarterbacks…

“No, they weren’t live today. They weren’t live today. I’ve probably got to watch the film to really get a good feel, but it just wasn’t great execution by the offense on the whole. There were some plays that were made here and there. Nothing that you could consistently try to drive the ball. You saw, probably at best averaged one yard per rush. Not very impressive running the ball, having to throw it more than you probably want. Still want to learn about these guys, but I’ll have to watch the tape to really see. I know we missed some open targets at times. I think we caught the ball pretty well. I can’t think of many drops. I didn’t really remember any of those. And you know, we took some shots deep and they had some good coverage bailing out of there pretty deep. Some low percentage shots, which is why the stats were down a little bit.”

 

On the defense…

“Well, I don’t know, because I don’t know what kind of challenge they are getting right now, to be honest with you. I would love to say, I hope they are going to be that dominant against everybody else. If they are dominant against our offense because we are struggling offensively then it is hard to gauge how good they are. If our offense is pretty stinking good and they are just having these kinds of outings, then I would say they are pretty good. But it is hard to say. You can only [play] who you line up against. They are playing hard. They’re making plays. There is a lot of juice on that sideline, a lot of enthusiasm.”

 

On freshman athlete DeeJay Dallas’ touchdown…

“It was a little route where we make it look like we are running a dig and then we went vertical on it, and caught the corner off balance. And [redshirt junior quarterback] Vincent [Testaverde] laid it in there nice, he had nice protection on that play. It was a really nice throw. He had another couple nice deep ball throws, but [sophomore defensive back] Malek Young made one of the most acrobatic interceptions I have seen on a deep ball where the offensive player really had the advantage of where the ball was coming down. We tried to put the ball where the offensive guy has a better shot, obviously, but Malek just went and jumped and twisted and found it and snatched. I mean, you just don’t see that very often. You might see a guy rake it out, bat it out, something like that, at best. But it looked like a sure touchdown and he found a way to not only break it up, but intercept it. It was probably the most impressive play of the day.”

 

On naming a starting quarterback …

“You know, I don’t know. I mean, after today I don’t know if my thought process is changing. I just don’t know. But I am going to say somebody is the No. 1 or co-No.1, or whatever. I will have some type of pecking order when this thing is over, going into the summer.”

 

On how they rotate players in a scrimmage…

“Well, we really roll our guys. We can’t really have the receivers running every play. If you’ve got No. 1 receivers running eight in a row and you are no huddling, you really can’t do that. So we are subbing receivers. And the d-line can’t go eight in a row, because they would be gassed. So, we are really just subbing when guys get tired almost like you would in a game. So you’ll see, we call it ‘1 v. 2’s’ and all that. Our offensive line is probably the only ones you can count on, and our quarterback and maybe our running backs. But the skill guys you’ve just got to roll them around so they don’t just pass out.”

 

On who impressed on the offensive line…

“I’ll never know that, unless I watch tape, because I am definitely not watching the guts. I know what protections should hold up. I know what runs should hold up versus looks. But I am watching more QB play. But we will watch the tape. Going in, I feel like [junior offensive lineman] Tyree [St. Louis], I don’t know what he did today, but I think Tyree is getting to where I am getting a lot of confidence in him. I am getting more confidence in [freshman offensive lineman] Navaughn [Donaldson]. And I think in time when he really knows what he is doing, he will do well. [Junior offensive lineman] Tyler [Gauthier], I feel good. [Senior offensive lineman] Kc McDermott, I feel good at left tackle. [Senior offensive lineman] Trevor [Darling] still has got to show me something, if he is going to be the guy. So I think those four are game ready and the rest are going to try and get game ready. And certainly some guys come back from injuries to help us out. And I guess three more freshmen will come in and compete as well.”

 

On the alumni visiting this week…

“It’s fun. You know, we had dinner last night, not only with our football alumni but with our current players. It is just kind of men’s town. And we have the former players there with our current players and they get a chance to get to know each other. We spread our guys around to make sure they are sitting with some of the, I won’t say old guys, but some of the veterans of the program. And I think they had fun.”


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