Published on September 12, 2018 by

Mark Richt…. On if QB N’Kosi Perry did enough vs. Savannah State to elevate himself as the back-up quarterback… “We haven’t defined that. I thought he did well. I thought [Cade] Weldon did well. On the first play, he got fooled a bit on the coverage. We saw a bit of a two-deep look and I kind of planted the seed that it might be a split safety look and that first progression might be in good shape – ‘make sure you take a peek at it.’ They looked just like that [pre-snap] and then on the snap, they rotated. For a freshman quarterback, to say all that to him beforehand, was not very smart. I felt like I set him up for failure on that particular play. But everything else, he did extremely well.” On play of freshman tight end duo of Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory compared to expectations… “They’re getting better fast because they’re playing. We knew they were going to have to play. Obviously when Michael [Irvin II] got hurt, it accelerated it even more. But we felt like even with Michael healthy, we were going to play both those guys. We had no thoughts on slowing down on their ability to get in a game. But now they’re first team in our two-tight end set and they’re first- and second-team in our one-tight end set. They’re doing a really good job. “You’ll see the number of catches, or see Mallory jump up and come down so strong with the ball, with a guy got his arm in there raking it out – most veteran guys don’t hang onto the ball in that case. That was a big-time play. You see those plays and you get enamored with them. Brevin is ahead of Mallory, right this minute, in the blocking phase. There’s times you have to block in this system, too. Mallory has a tougher job because Brevin is basically playing one spot. That one spot has a lot to learn, but if it’s one-tight end set, he’s the guy. If it’s a two-tight end set, he’s the same guy. We call him the ‘F.’ We have ‘X,’ ‘Y,’ ‘Z,’ ‘H’ and an ‘F.’ In a two-tight end set, Mallory is the ‘Y’. In a one-tight end set, he’s the ‘F,’ where Brevin is. So he has a lot more to learn, just learning plays, ‘am I a ‘Y’? Am I an ‘F?’’ Then all the blocking – he has to learn how to block on-line, but then he’s a perimeter blocker, too. When he’s in the slot as a ‘Y,’ he’s blocking guys out there in space. It’s tougher for Mallory, right this minute, because he has almost double the assignments and, maybe not double the technique, but has whatever Brevin has and plus a third more when it comes to technique.” On the play of RB Lorenzo Lingard, who impressed Saturday vs. Savannah State… “He’s another kid that wants to play. He is very mature, in that he doesn’t sit there and go, ‘I’m a five-star, I should be playing.’ He’s like, ‘I know I have to get better at certain things.’ So he’s working at it. To his credit, we’re really proud of that kind of attitude. Not all of our freshmen are that way, but a majority of them are. And the guys that we’re maybe thinking that playing time is a right rather than something you have to earn, a lot of them learned that you do have to earn it. Like I said before, these kids have got a skillset that God gave them that made them the best guy in the park as a kid, the best guy on the junior high team, the best guy on their high school team, or one of the best. They were going to be the man no matter what – and I’m not saying they didn’t work hard. But now, they got a bunch of guys like them and they have to learn how to compete and also function in a system where it’s more than running the ball if you’re a runner. It’s more than just catching the ball if you’re a receiver. You have to learn to block as a receiver. You have to learn to block as a runner runner. They’re learning that, and getting there.” On what he anticipates Saturday’s game to be like on the road at Toledo… “It’ll be wild. We’ll get everything they’ve got. I’m sure they’ll have every single seat sold and they’ll be standing room only. Their fans are going to be ready for a great battle. They’ve been excited about this for a while. Let’s face it – they played a game, had an open date, so the fans had time to get ready for two weeks. The coaches had time to get ready for two weeks, and the whole offseason. We really don’t know, for sure, what we’ll get. The only thing we do know is, historically, they don’t try to make up a whole bunch of stuff. They just line up and win. They just line up and execute. With that much time, we have to expect that they’re going to be doing a few things a little differently – and a few curveballs on both sides of the ball and the kicking game.”

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