Live updates, full video: Mark Richt’s press conference, Florida A&M week

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Keep it here for live updates from Mark Richt‘s first game-week press conference as Hurricanes coach.

* Richt noted “we didn’t know for sure” if they’d be playing Florida A&M at Hard Rock Stadium, but said kudos to everyone involved for getting the stadium ready. “The field itself is immaculate,” he noted.

* Richt: “I feel like our coaches and players have done all we can do. Now it’s time to line up and play and see what we’ve got.”

* Richt said Florida A&M coach Alex Wood, who won two national championships as a Hurricanes assistant, has a fine offense. He spotlighted a bunch of players and read off stats. It seems that’s something he might do every week.

* On Miami’s three freshmen linebackers: “All three are going to play a lot. … They’re not freshmen to us.” Asked if he can remember a team that played three linebackers: “Not really. I don’t have the best memory.” He added: “Thank goodness for mid-year enrollees.”

* On freshmen nerves: “When I played, it takes a minute. I guess at a contact position like linebacker, it doesn’t take long to get those feelings out.”

* On Al-Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace: “Football is a game of attrition. … There’s a lot of reasons where somewhere along the way, someone’s not there. … Everybody knows the next guy’s got to be ready.” On the other hand, he said, “it hurts. It hurts us as coaches. It hurts the fans. It hurts their teammates. I’m sure it hurts those gentlemen.” Richt said people ask him about his coaching style and whether he “wears guys out” for “messing up.” His style: “once something is in the past, you can’t change it. All you can do is react to it and make it positive for the future. That’s how I’m looking at it.”

* More on that: “Players are resilient. They know Miami football is going to be here longer than I’m going to be here or they’re going to be here.”

* One more thought: “It’s not ‘if’ adversity strikes. It’s ‘when’ adversity strikes.”

* On what he has to “guard against” playing an FCS team, where fans may expect a big win: “Our goal every day is to try to execute what’s in front of us [and] get better.”

* Malik Rosier, Richt said, won the backup job because (in part) “he’s started to figure me out.” He also has a bit of athleticism, enough for him to design a quarterback run. He’s solidly in the No. 2 spot, Richt said. Vincent Testaverde and Evan Shirreffs are battling for No. 3. Shirreffs’ mid-camp injury on his throwing hand hurt his accuracy in the battle for the backup job, Richt confirmed.

* In general, Richt said, he feels his safeties have the skill set to play nickel (UM may do this more this year given its inexperience at linebacker). He feels a lot better about that group than he did in the spring, when he “didn’t know if we could tackle anybody in space.” Plus, he said, “there might have been more interceptions this camp than I’m used to seeing.” That didn’t excite him as the team’s offensive leader, and part of it, he conceded, was working with four quarterbacks hoping to be the backup. But it’s a good sign, he said.

* Richt said he can judge if he’s working his players too hard if Braxton Berrios. “If Braxton is dragging, we’re probably doing too much.”

* Interesting thought from Richt: he mentioned he didn’t want to use the GPS system that the last Miami staff believed in. Why? “I want it to be tough. I want them to push hard. … I gauge it by eyeballing it rather than using that other stuff.”

* On Saturday, “There will be so many things to keep me busy,” he said. “I won’t have time to be nostalgic.” The pregame Cane walk, he said, might be when he gets reflective. After that, it’s business.

Mark Richt addresses the media on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in advance of Florida A&M. (Matt Porter)

Mark Richt addresses the media on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in advance of Florida A&M. (Matt Porter)

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