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UM’s Richt doesn’t need convincing; Rosier shoulder ‘a little sore’

Mark Richt
Mark Richt

A UM six-pack on a day that UM offensive coordinator Thomas Brown called last Saturday’s offensive performance “embarrassing, the worst performance we had the entire year, embarrassing to be a part of”:

• Much of the country doesn’t exactly know how good UM is, even at 7-0. Mark Richt doesn’t need these next two games against top 15 teams Virginia Tech and Notre Dame - UM’s first against teams now ranked - to know how good his team is.

Asked if he knows exactly what he has, he said: “We’re a good team. We’ve won a lot of games. We play hard. We do a lot of things that winning teams do. We respect everybody we play and know we’ve got a great challenge this week” against Virginia Tech.

• Malik Rosier is 32nd in the country in quarterback rating, has 17 touchdown passes and four interceptions and is unbeaten as a starter.

So Richt isn’t concerned about Rosier’s 56.7 completion percentage, which ranks 87th in the country.

“It's not bad, when you consider his yards per completion is super high,” Richt said. “We’ve thrown balls that are not high percentage throws. We’ve had some drops. He's thrown very few balls up for grabs. For the most part, he's done a really good job of protecting the ball. We have done a really good job of securing the ball. Turnover ratio has been great.”

• Rosier’s shoulder, which forced him to miss one offensive series against North Carolina, was a “little sore,” on Tuesday, Richt said, but he participated in much of practice.

“Malik did good,” Richt said. “He threw the ball. He didn't do how much he would [normally] do. It was a little tender early. He finished the day throwing all the drills.”

• Michael Irvin Jr. has frustrated coaches at times with his conditioning and off-field issues, but tight ends coach Todd Hartley said: “We can always get better. Michael is not a finished product by any means. But he has definitely put himself in position to play more. Last game, he played more reps than all season. He’s got great hands, unbelievable soft hands. Has great receiving ability. He understands routes and how to get in and out and leverage and angles.”

• Hartley said Scott Patchan’s move from defensive end to tight end has gone well. “Scottie has done a nice job,” he said. “I’m very pleased where he’s at.”

He said of freshman tight end Brian Polendey: “Very physical kid. Needs to get more understanding of what we want to do passing game wise.”

• ABC assigned Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit to Saturday’s 8 p.m. UM-Virginia Tech game.

Here’s my 6-pack of newsy Canes notes from last night, including a UM player asking fans to stop complaining and a UM NFL concern.

Susan Miller Degnan will have more on Brown’s rant today in a post this afternoon.