Mark Richt hasn’t looked much at Appalachian State yet, but rest assured his team won’t overlook the Mountaineers.
“How can anyone who watches football take this team lightly?” Richt asked. “They know. … It’s really almost an insult to have to answer the question. Not being rude to you. This is a really good football team. Everybody knows it.”
What about the Hurricanes? After watching film of the offense on Sunday, Richt said he liked the running game most.
“When we ran the ball we ran it well. We had some good blocking up front,” he said, including the tight ends, wide receivers and fullbacks.
Any concern on pass protection? “There were a couple issues,” he said. “Tackles got bull-rushed a couple times and got squeezed into the pocket, made it uncomfortable in there for Brad [Kaaya]. … We’ve got to set a little better edge.” But he also said he didn’t coach Kaaya to drop back deep enough on a few plays.
He continues to fine-tune Kaaya’s performance, and isn’t worried about his junior quarterback. “There was one time I gave him an action off a play-action that wasn’t going to give him the greatest chance of success,” he said. “That’s on me.”
Kaaya “hit the nail on the head” in his post-game press conference, Richt said, when Kaaya (17-of-31, 191 yards, two interceptions) assessed his play as not great, but good enough to win, getting Miami in the right plays ir
Most of the third-down struggles (4-for-11) were “throwing and catching” issues,” Richt said. “That’s not awful. I’ve seen worse. But every time it’s a possession down, we need to convert.”
On defense, “we tackled well and played extremely well on defense, just as we thought” — other than that 38-yard touchdown run, on which two Hurricanes missed tackles. That was FAU’s only touchdown.
About the penalties (nine for 90 yards), which were “all different types,” Richt pinned the blame on coaching. “We’re not doing a good enough job” teaching, he said. He didn’t agree with a chop block call, but said he didn’t like talking after the play, which led to a personal foul call.
Richt on injuries (Chad Thomas, Corn Elder, Kendrick Norton all appeared to be hurting during the game): “I think we’re in good shape.”