Day-after comments from Mark Richt, who spoke to reporters via conference call Sunday evening:
* Linebacker Michael Pinckney (chest) is “day-to-day,” as are “all the other guys” who are hurt — cornerback Dee Delaney included. On its College GameDay show Saturday morning, ESPN reported Delaney was “out 6-8 weeks” with an injury. Richt said that is inaccurate. “It’s more day-to-day,” he said. “I don’t even know where that number came from.” Safety Sheldrick Redwine missed the game with an unknown issue.
* Another player who is “day-to-day”: Ahmmon Richards, who didn’t play against Georgia Tech. “He warmed up pretty good. We considered using him. He wasn’t 100 percent,” Richt said of Richards, who strained his hamstring in camp and has played in two of five games. “We don’t want this to last the whole season. We want to get him well and get him going. Our hopes would be he will play this week, but we had those hopes last week.”
* UM’s plan was to play both Corey Gaynor and Hayden Mahoney at right guard. Mahoney finished the game. Richt “doesn’t know” if Navaughn Donaldson (ankle sprain) will be ready against Syracuse.
* Regarding end-zone fades to smaller receivers — rather than big targets like Darrell Langham or Chris Herndon — Richt faulted ball placement. “We had three shots, and every single time [Mike] Harley was in good position if the ball was thrown where it should be thrown, and it just was not,” Richt said. “Big guys in the end zone are good too, no doubt about that.”
* Richt on Langham: “He’s grown a lot since I got here. He was a guy who had some tools, his height, his size, he’s 225-230 pounds, good speed, not unbelievable speed for a big man, good ball skills. I think there’s a level of consistency and confidence he didn’t show early on. He is blooming right before our eyes.”
* In the first half Saturday, “we missed a couple open receivers, we missed a couple reads, we might have had a couple drops,” Richt said. He wants “more efficiency across the board.” UM’s third-down issues, he said, have been “mostly about execution.” Georgia Tech, with an extra week to prepare, held UM to 2-of-12. Richt said UM struggled to pick up the Yellow Jackets’ blitzes. Malik Rosier has been “not bad,” but he’d like better. UM ranks 97th nationally on third down.
* Syracuse, Richt said, believes it can “beat anybody in America” after taking down Clemson, and is “dramatically different” than Georgia Tech. Its offense is “much more spread, much more uptempo,” Richt said. “Our biggest challenge is getting lined up” and defending a quick-pace attack. “They’re faster than anyone I’ve seen in lining up and playing ball,” Richt said. The Orange plays a lot of man coverage on defense, against which Miami has had “good moments and bad moments.” UM’s conditioning isn’t where it should be, Richt said, but he feels his team is “in pretty good shape.”
* A top-10 ranking, Richt said, “is good. What can I say? You’d rather be ranked higher than not.” The end-of-season ranking matters the most, he said, and a high midseason ranking “just gets people more excited about people knocking you out of there.”
* Georgia is ranked No. 3 this week. Richt, who was pushed out at UGA in 2015, on how well it all worked out: “To this point, it looks like it.” He watched the Bulldogs’ Saturday night game and called Kirby Smart‘s team “very impressive. … Hopefully it is a win-win for both schools. I know I’m very happy here and I’m sure everybody’s happy there with the job Kirby’s doing.”