Richt: I told them just keeping whipping their tail, defense

With three offensive line starters on the bench with injuries, the Georgia offense struggled to move the ball much on the Bulldogs’ defense in the open field.

Mark Richt stated, "There was one defensive huddle where I kind of jumped in there and told them to not get tired of whipping (the offense's) tail. Just keep whipping it. Don't get tired of it or get bored or feel sorry for them. Just keep whipping it."

Richt admitted, "There wasn't much of a pocket today. Let's face it, when Jones is out, Cordy's out and J.D. is out, it's just not the same. It's not the same. You don't want to sit there and make excuses, but it's not the same."

"In the red-zone and goal-line areas, the defense did not keep that edge. Whether it was the No. 1 defense or the No. 2 defense, they were having their way until the end. But on the goal line, I think our No. 2 offense took three shots and the offense scored on two of them. At the end, the defense didn't dominate like they did and they didn't finish like they would have liked to."

Georgia hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in the season-opener on September 4th.

Sunday morning Coaches Quick Hits

Some interesting quotes from aroung the country:

Quoting TCU head coach Gary Patterson: "Defense terrible. Every job is open. We gave up almost 600 yards today."


Quoting Mack Brown: "I do think this could be our best defense. We should be really, really good on defense."


Quoting Will Muschamp: "There no such thing as a cover corner. You have to play physical in this game."


Quoting Nick Saban: “The offense is way ahead of the defense. I don’t defensively (that) we played very well at all. We didn’t tackle. We didn’t finish. We’ve got to grow up. We didn’t have the intensity we needed (on defense) and that’s all 11 of them.” 


Quoting Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson: “Overall, since I've been here, it's probably the best first scrimmage that we've had. Particularly our offensive front, that first group played pretty well. I thought offensively for the first time it was well executed.” 


Quoting BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall: "Too early to say. I will watch the film. Anything I say today regarding the quarterbacks will be really well thought out and really well-evaluated. I will have to go watch them and will be able to tell you later in the week, or at the beginning of the week, what I thought. I thought it was an excellent day. I thought we were able to see a lot of really good things." 


Quoting Bobby Petrino: “We wanted to come out and be physical and I thought there were times in the scrimmage we were physical on both sides of the ball,” Petrino said. “I didn’t think it was good enough.”


Quoting Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster: "I'm pleased that we got 117 plays in today. We came out of the scrimmage healthy. We had a chance to evaluate a bunch of young guys. I saw some really good things. Overall, it was a very important day for us from a development standpoint. I feel like we accomplished what we set out to do. "

"I thought we ran the ball well. Defensively, I thought we really ran to the ball well. We attacked the football. I feel like there were a lot of good things. But there are a lot of things we need to clean up. At this point, we're 19 days out and we've got a lot of work to do in a short period of time. But I like the urgency with which our players were working."


Quoting Gene Chizik: "We cut down on the mental mistakes in terms of penalties and things, it was much better. That was what we were looking for, a noticeable improvement from scrimmage one to scrimmage two. I think we got that today."


Quoting Les Miles: (on true freshman QB Zach Lee) "He's going to know what to do. He comes onto the field with that. He gets the ball where it's supposed to be. He's a team guy. He understands what he needs to. He's got a quarterback mentality. It's very difficult for me to predict where he might end up."

"He's very bright. He has great moxie. He's going to know what to do. He understands the position really well. He'd be a guy certainly that will compete to play snaps this fall."

(on if Lee will redshirt) "Nooo. We would well have had he come in like, 'Gee willikers, gosh, this is really.' But no, he came right in, is picking it up, understands it and is very bright."


Quoting Marshall defensive coordinator Chris Rippon: “The strength of our team is our defensive line. Potentially, they are a BCS conference defensive line. Athletically, every one of them would walk into a BCS camp and they would say, 'Yes, come. We want you.' And they'd run the tires and all that other stuff and they'd say, 'Wow, we've got us one.'”


Quoting Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone: "We’re looking for multiple uses from that position (tight end). We’ve got some players who can run at that position, which I think is important. It can open things up on the perimeter, and I think it keeps people honest down the middle of the field. But we also have some big targets, which is always good for the quarterback. You’ve got to have the combination, and that’s a hard thing to find."


Quoting Lane Kiffin: (on trying to replica past USC teams) “We do it a lot. We talk that way. We show them the film. I think we’d be crazy not to. If something was really successful like it was here before, why not try to have the same product? Why not try to get the same type of pieces. We try to do that in the recruiting classes. We tried to move people into those slots and recruit that way. It worked before. If we can figure out that magic formula we had here before, I think we’ll all be happy. You even see it with jersey numbers. Robert will go into [Steve Smith’s old] No. 2 next year when C.J. [Gable] is gone as well.”


Quoting Dabo Swinney: “I thought the offense performed well.  Very crisp.  I don’t think we had a single penalty with our first two groups.  I thought it was a very good performance today offensively. “

“Defensively, and we were down a couple of guys today, but it looked like there were some busts on defense, but good offenses will make you do that and I think we have a good offense. We did have a big stop of 4th and inches, so that was good.” 

“I'm pleased where we are right now, but we’re not game-ready yet.” 


Missouri beat writer Dave Matter writes: “In every Pinkel scrimmage I can recall covering, the first play from scrimmage starts from the worst field position imaginable, the offense’s 1-yard line.”


Dan Mullen to ESPN: Dan Mullen will be in Bristol, CT on Wednesday for the ESPN “car wash.”


Cincinnati training camp week #1 Behind-the-Scenes: Watch it here.

Brian Kelly to reporters: This whole conversation can be in a few words

Brian Kelly summed it up for reporters, who were asking multiple questions after Saturday’s scrimmage.

After fielding several questions, Kelly tried to make reporters aware of what this whole thing really boils down to. 

Kelly stated politely, “Look, at the end of the day, this whole conversation can be in a few words, ‘Dayne Crist is getting better everyday.’ The rest of this other stuff, it’s good, but it’s really going to focus on Dayne’s ability and the upshot is ‘he’s doing a nice job.’”

The first-year Notre Dame head coach added, “More than everything else, we’ve learned how to practice in terms of fighting through the bumps and bruises.  We’re still trying to find ourselves relative to what our strengths and weaknesses are.  I think we are starting to focus on, in week 2, ‘who we are.’”

“We’re going to be able to run the football.  That’s pretty clear after a week, that we have solid backs.  The big question I have with Armando is could he answer the bell with every snap, and he has answered the bell.”

Notre Dame hosts Purdue on September 4th.

Holtz & Fitch want passing game to improve after 150 play scrimmage

Skip Holtz led the Bulls through a 150 play scrimmage on Saturday in Vero Beach.

Holtz said, “Kind of a tail of 2 halves. I thought we were somewhat lethargic, didn’t have a lot of energy, didn’t have a lot of passion.  We went about 50 plays in the first half, kind of regrouped, decided we were going to get some things done in the second half.”  

“Right now, we are a long way from being productive as an offensive football team.  I made them drive 80 yards every time.  With the penalties, dropped passes, miss an open receiver…inconsistencies in the passing game, I mean we have a lot of work to do, but they’re attitude is going and they are willing.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch added, “First half…very very sluggish. I thought we were tentative a little bit. Second half, I thought we got more physical, more down-hill natured with our run game, which was good to see. We gotta make some plays in the passing game.  I thought we had people open, and maybe, didn’t see them.  Maybe open, didn’t catch ‘em.  First scrimmage, passing game is always going to be a little an issue probably.”

“Probably the biggest thing I come out it (scrimmage) saying is that we gotta play with a little bit better tempo, better chemistry.  Our running game has been better at that during camp, but didn’t really show it until the second half.”


A 200 play scrimmage in the SEC?

Petrino officially worked the dog out of the Hogs today.

On Friday, Arkansas beat writer Brandon Marcello tweeted, “Expect 100-plus plays (in Saturday’s scrimmage).”

Well, that number increased more than slightly.  According to Marcello’s lunch-time tweet from today: “Approaching 200 plays in scrimmage. Most I've ever seen at Arkansas.”

We’ll have more on the Hogs and Petrino's latest quotes later on today.




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