Mark Richt press conference on 2017 Miami Hurricanes media day

Mark Richt leads a practice in Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald)

[Two goals this week: Narrow QB race, make depth chart]

[Video: Watch QBs throw on Monday]

[Practice observations: Pinckney back, Walton OK]

CORAL GABLES — Live updates from Mark Richt on Miami’s media day:

Today was the first day, he said, he saw “guys feeling sorry for themselves.

“Week 3 grind,” he said.

* A rewatch of Saturday’s scrimmage showed him more of what he  thought about his quarterbacks: the veterans  looked a lot better than the youngsters. Richt said Perry’s interception “put him in a bad situation,” since they hadn’t practiced it enough.

Richt said he needs to “stay patient” and won’t narrow the race until after the next scrimmage, which is Saturday. He noted he gave answers in Saturday interviews that alluded to him cutting his list from four to fewer this week.

Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs are “playing like veterans,” but he’s not ready to say who’s ahead.

* Asked what he needs to see from N’Kosi Perry this week, Richt said he needs to see “from all his quarterbacks,” but particularly the young ones, “to go to the right guy for the right reason.” Sometimes young QBs, he said, tend to “get lucky” when they make the proper throw.

* “The four guys I’m giving reps to can all play this game and run this system, and I’m excited about that,” Richt said.

* Richt, on player maturity: “You can say ‘no social media,’ but I’m trying to let them manage life as a man.”

* Richt seemed to grow slightly irritated by repeated questions about Perry, correcting a reporter who asked by saying, “I’ve got two young guys playing well.” The reporter re-asked his question to reference Weldon.

* The competition post-naming of the starter will be ongoing, Richt said. He swapped Corey Phillips and David Greene at Georgia in 2001, before Green emerged. In 2008, he rotated two quarterbacks along with future No. 1 NFL draft pick Matthew Stafford before emerging.

* “I love the leadership of Chad Thomas,” Richt said, adding that he’ll have “a wonderful career” in both music and football.  “Shaq Quarterman loves football, he loves coming every day.” Zach McCloud and Jaquan Johnson are in the same category, he said.

“I see enough guys that are trying to lead by example and flat-out not allowing anybody to not meet the standard.”

Kc McDermott, Chris Herndon, Mark Walton and Braxton Berrios are in the same category. Richt had lots of praise for Berrios’ leadership.


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