Mark Richt shares his incredibly specific prediction for the Florida-Miami game
Mark Richt may be new to being a college football analyst but he is already filling the role quite well.
The former Georgia and Miami head coach was a recent guest of the “Hochman and Crowder Show” on WQAM radio out of Miami and opened with a solid joke when discussing his thoughts on Florida being “back” under Dan Mullen.
“I don’t think they are going to win but the are back,” Richt said to open his appearance on the show.
The big news out of Miami entering the Week 0 showdown with the Gators came when redshirt freshman Jarren Williams was named the team’s starting quarterback. While that news may have been a surprise to many, Richt was not among those surprised by the news. It was Richt’s staff that recruited Williams to Miami and the former Hurricane coach gave his assessment of what to expect from the young signal-caller on Saturday night.
“In my opinion, he is a pocket passer,” Richt said of Williams. “He throws a beautiful ball – deep ball, intermediate. You know, early on QBs don’t make the best decisions in practice, 7-on-7, all that. I mean, he throws it to the wrong guy from time to time, but he was so accurate that he would stick it on his heart. Whatever he threw at, he hit and that was really important. And then when you really understand what you are doing and why you are doing it, you become really dangerous as a passer.
“It helps to move, he can move a little, he can run the zone read, scramble out of issues and maybe get a first down but I don’t think they are going to be designing a lot of quarterback runs for him — but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good athlete at the quarterback position.”
To end his interview, Richt was asked to give his prediction for the game. Not only did the ACC Network analyst offer up a score to the game, he went into some detail while explaining how Miami would beat the Gators.
“16-13 as the clock expires, Bubba Baxa hits a 47-yard field goal, left hash,” Richt predicted.
The show host gave Richt props for his incredibly specific prediction, at that point Richt showed some more of his newfound analyst personality.
“I would never do that as a coach, I can have some fun now,” Richt concluded.
The Florida Gators face off against the Miami Hurricanes in the opening college football matchup of the year in Orlando, FL on Saturday night, August 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. ET.