Dawgs Hold Practice Under The Lights

LBs Curran and Ellerbe

LBs Curran and Ellerbe

ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 1-ranked Georgia football team went under the lights for Thursday’s practice, their second in shoulder pads.

A late-afternoon thunderstorm pushed the Bulldogs’ practice to 7:15 p.m. The later start, which included a picturesque sunset over the adjacent Spec Towns Track, meant Georgia’s players got to work out in temperatures in the 70s rather than in the 90s.

 

“We have a lot of energy on the defensive side, but tonight was the most energy I’ve seen,” linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said. “Everybody was going hard.”

 

“I think everybody was excited to go out later,” cornerback Asher Allen said. “We got in some good work, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do before Aug. 30.”

 

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he felt the cooler temperatures led to a good practice session.

 

“The players loved it,” Richt said. “It was very nice to practice in cooler temperatures. Sometimes you want to do that as coaches, but if you don’t condition in the heat, you can get whipped when you play. You’ve got to practice in it and you’ve got to condition in it. But it was a beautiful night to throw and catch.”

 

The Bulldogs will put on full pads for Friday’s practice, but will not tackle, according to Richt. The first two-a-day practices will take place on Saturday.

 

The annual Fans Picture Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs, who topped the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released last week, open the season at Sanford Stadium against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Aug. 30. Kickoff against the Eagles is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by CSS.

– Courtesy of Georgiadogs.com

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