Bulldogs closing in on first scrimmage
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia football team continued preseason camp Friday morning with its ninth practice on the Woodruff Practice Fields.
“We’ve got more stamina than we’ve had in the past,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It’s obvious we had a good offseason with conditioning. It’s still tough there in the warm weather. The guys are tired, but they’re pushing through the nicks and bruises that are typical of this time of year. They’re fighting through it physically and mentally.”
The Bulldogs are scheduled for another practice Friday evening, followed by their first scrimmage on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Richt was asked what he is looking forward to in the scrimmage.
“That’s the first time we put it all together,” he said. “(At practice), we do the fundamental drills, then group work, then 11-on-11 without really moving the ball. In the scrimmage, we’ll have drives and we’ll see how we handle live tackling and live blocking.”
Richt said Georgia’s offensive continues to show improvement.
“Coach (Will) Friend has been mixing and matching the No. 1 unit, so our No. 1 and No. 2 are pretty good,” Richt said. “We can run our plays and we can protect. We’re not worried about if we have five who can play. We want to make sure it’s the right five. If we have a rotation, what does that look like? We’re also cross training guards and tackles in case of injuries. We can create depth with guys knowing more than one position.”
Overall, Richt said he feels “good about what we’ve done so far.”
“We see flashes from guys on both sides,” Richt said. “One play, they’ll do it just right. The next play might not be as good. Consistency and dependability are what we’re looking for. We want to do it right all the time. That’s why we have 29 practices before the first game.”
The annual Fans’ Picture Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium and will feature Richt, football players, cheerleaders, other UGA athletic teams and mascot Uga IX. Special ticket coupons are required for access to the location for Uga IX and Richt. Those tickets will be distributed to the first 150 fans at 10 a.m. from the East End ticket windows on East Campus Road.
Gates will open at 2 p.m., on Picture Day, and the Georgia cheerleaders, Dance Dawgs and Hairy Dawg will be available from 2-6 p.m. Uga IX and other University of Georgia sports teams will be available from 2-4 p.m. Ticket holders to see Uga IX must be in line by 2:30 p.m. Georgia football players will be on hand for autographs from 4-6 p.m. Richt will also be available from 4-6 p.m. for those with ticket coupons. Ticket holders to see Richt must be in line by 4:30 p.m.
Georgia, ranked No. 12 in the Amway Coaches Poll, will open the season against No. 16 Clemson on Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.