Bulldogs prep for first scrimmage
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs practiced for just under two hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Thursday afternoon, the 11th session of fall camp and the final one before their initial scrimmage on Friday at Sanford Stadium.
“We’ve gotten a lot of work in, and now it’s time to scrimmage and get an idea of what we’ve got,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We’ll look to see how far everybody has come. Also, we’ll see who’s ready to play and schematically the things that we’re good at and the things we might need to throw out.”
The Bulldogs’ freshman offensive players were available for interviews following Thursday’s workout and all asked seemed eager for Friday’s scrimmage.
“It’s always been cool driving by Sanford Stadium and going to the games,” lineman Sage Hardin said. “Finally, to be on the field and play football is going to be a dream come true. You’ve got to treat each day the same, though. You don’t just give tomorrow extra attention because you’re playing at Sanford Stadium. You have to address every day with a positive approach and try to get better in every single facet or try to pick out one thing you want to try to do better that day.”
While Hardin grew up a Georgia fan, wide receiver Michael Chigbu trekked from New Orleans to play for the Bulldogs.
“My teammates are helping make Georgia feel like home,” Chigbu said. “All the seniors have been really helpful with that.
“It will be a little different tomorrow,” he added. “There will be a little more competition and it will more up-tempo, and for me it’s a little bit more than practice. I have to give it my all.”
Following Friday’s scrimmage, Georgia’s annual Fans’ Picture Day will be held Saturday in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium and will feature Richt, football players, cheerleaders and other UGA athletic teams, as well as “Que,” grandson of mascot UGA IX and a candidate to become UGA X.
Special ticket coupons are required for access to the location for Richt and “Que.” Those tickets will be distributed to the first 150 fans at 10:00 a.m. from the East End ticket windows on East Campus Road.
Gates will open at 2 p.m. and the Georgia cheerleaders, Dance Dawgs and Hairy Dawg will be available from 2-6 p.m. Que and other University of Georgia sports teams will be available from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ticket holders to see Que must be in line by 2:30 p.m. Georgia football players will be on hand for autographs from 4:00-6:00 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.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs open their 2015 schedule Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe at noon Eastern. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.