Miami-Pitt 2017: Mark Richt knows ‘rat poison’ affects some players

Sebastian the Ibis gets ready for the Virginia game. (Getty Images)

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Some of what Mark Richt said at his Tuesday press conference before traveling to Pittsburgh (noon Friday, ABC):

* On ‘rat poison,’ which is what Alabama coach Nick Saban calls positive comments that inflate a player’s ego: “Some guys can’t handle you saying ‘good job’ to them. I’ll be honest with you. For whatever reason, they relax. ‘Coach said I did good, so I can relax now.’ Some guys you just can’t do that to.”

* Another round of College Football Playoff rankings are released at 7 p.m. Would Richt care if Miami, for some reason, wasn’t ranked in the top four? “No. You can’t control it. It doesn’t matter what I think, so I don’t worry about it. I’ve learned to just try to focus on the things I can control, and the things I can’t, just don’t worry about them. Trust God with everything else, and that’s a good way to go.”

* Did Richt think Travis Homer would be a starting-caliber ACC back? “I didn’t know for sure,” he said. “I never try to put a cap on what a kid can do. I didn’t know how big he would get. … For his size, he’s a pretty powerful back. He’s a physical back, I’ll say that. He’s a good pass-protector, route-runner, he’s got great vision, good game speed, his ball security’s excellent. Very coachable, teachable. He’s a high-quality back.”

* Richt said he’s grinding hard at this point. “I don’t know if I can go any harder than I’m going,” he said. “For me, I’ve got to stop and rest sometimes. Last night, I tried to go to bed at 9 and try to go to sleep. I don’t sleep after the game. I get nothing Saturday night. I try, but I don’t get anything. So I get behind the 8-ball a little bit.” Miami coaches typically work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said.

* The early signing day won’t help matters; UM assistants are going right out on the road after the Pitt game to evaluate, while also preparing for Clemson. “I don’t think I’m going to be going on the road much next week,” Richt said. “We’ll do the best we can.”

True freshman Amari Carter (Palm Beach Gardens High) was named special teams captain this week. The others: Travis Homer (offense), Jaquan Johnson and Trent Harris (defense).

* Manny Diaz was named a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, as top assistant coach. He is one of 15. What would Richt’s pitch be? “I don’t get into all that,” he said. “I’ll let them decide. Just like, if you have a Heisman candidate, I don’t think you promote him. I think he just plays and promotes himself. Same thing with coaches.”

* Freshman defensive end DJ Johnson (personal) returned to practice.

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