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Coach Mark Richt’s quick takes from UM news conference

Quick hits from UM football coach Mark Richt at his weekly news conference heading into Saturday’s Georgia Tech game (3:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium on ABC):

▪ “This is a game where your offensive scout team against your defense has to get after it...You cannot do a walk-through on assignments and get ready to play...They’re going to have a blocker for just about every defender. You’ve got to not only be able to defeat a block,’’ the coach says you’ve then got to go make a tackle afterward.

▪ “I think the weather cooling down the second half has helped us the last two games.’’

▪ On new starting running back Travis Homer: “Travis is a very serious young man...He’s very businesslike. He knows what to do. He’s in unbelievable condition.”

▪ Richt said receiver Darrell Langham, who made the winning touchdown catch against FSU, earned more playing time, but “Ahmmon [Richards] (hamstring) is struggling now. How far along is he? Did he get set back. We have to find out. We gave him the day to rest...’’

Hurricanes running backs coach Thomas Brown talks about his new starting tailback before the Georgia Tech game.

▪ On right guard Navaughn Donaldson, who had a large boot on his right leg/foot: “He didn’t practice today. He’d be questionable for this game. Ankle sprains are just... You gotta go day by day.’’ Note that Donaldson is still listed as the starter on the newest depth chart just handed out. But it appears as if “questionable’’ would be highly optimistic for a sprained ankle.

▪ On safety Sheldrick Redwine and cornerback Dee Delaney, “I can’t say status so much for them. by day.’’ When I asked if Redwine had a concussion, Richt declined to discuss it. Delaney is still listed as a first-team cornerback and Redwine is still listed as a first-team safety.

▪ Receiver Braxton Berrios was at practice, but wearing a green, no-contact jersey on Tuesday. “He’s just banged up and we didn’t need him to get banged up again,’’ Richt said. “He’s sore. I think he’ll be fine.’’

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