Mark Richt appeared on WQAM on Tuesday morning for his weekly hit.
Here’s most of what he said:
* On Bethune-Cookman: “We secured the win. … There’s things we can get better at, but we got the victory and we got to play a lot of guys.”
* “Most of the time” Malik Rosier “was going to the right guy for the right reasons. … Not one ball, in my opinion, was thrown in harm’s way.” He said Rosier also had “good ball security” when he was running. “A lot of good things happened for Malik.”
* On the run game: “I liked it a lot.” He said UM was getting a lot of movement on inside zone runs, and “pulling and hitting people on the run.” More than once, he said, Navaughn Donaldson did that. Receviers “weren’t perfect” but effort was high; “even if you’re just chicken-fighting a guy,” that’s what he wants to see.
* UM wasn’t “ready to take” Dee Delaney “out of the game” because of how he practiced leading up to the game. “There were just a couple times where he was gassed. He lost a little bit of his technique.” As noted in our review, Delaney played more snaps than any defender. “We think he’s going to be a great one.”
* Diaz was asked and repeated the origin story of the turnover chain (how Diaz told him about it). He said he still hasn’t seen it in person. (He noted UM also has a sledgehammer. UM calls that the “hit stick.” They had that last year.)
* Overall, Richt said, he got to play “just about everyone” he wanted to play. “There’s a lot of guys on both sides we knew we were going play early and often. I told the coaches, don’t wait for a guy to get under the gun.”
* Richt on Justice Hansen, Arkansas State quarterback, who threw 68 passes at Nebraska last week: “You’ve got to sub guys. You’ve got to let guys play.”
* How to stay away from thinking about Florida State next week: “Nobody was trying to think about overlooking [Arkansas State]. … We know what good players look like. … You know you’re in for a battle. You know you’re playing against speed. You know they’ll be physical. … These guys can play. We all know it. The players know it. They also know we need to get better.”
“There’s time for that down the road. You guys talk about it. We’ll worry about Arkansas State.”
* Michael Irvin II showed he can run block, Richt noted. “It wasn’t just [Chris] Herndon.”
* “Travis Homer, it wasn’t until I watched the film when I realized what a fine game he had,” Richt said. “He did a super job. … I don’t know if he’s blazing fast, but he’s quick, he’s strong.” Richt wants to see him pass-protect better, though he noted he didn’t get much of a chance to do it against Bethune-Cookman.
* On Hurricane Irma prep: “We’ve got more water than [we need]. If you want to borrow some water, let me know.”