Dawgs Wrap Up First Week Of Practice

ATHENS, Ga. — With five practices now under their belt, the No. 1-ranked Georgia football team will hit the field twice Saturday including their first workout in full pads.

Georgia will hold the first of four two-a-day sessions of preseason camp Saturday, and in preparation for the long day, Bulldog coach Mark Richt eliminated a couple of conditioning sessions from the end of Friday’s workout. Richt’s announcement met with unanimous approval by the players following a 90-minute practice.

“The good news is nobody got hurt today so you don’t have to ask me anything about that,” Richt said with a smile to the assembled media after practice. He also praised the 53 student-athletes who posted a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher from the summer session including 16 who recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA.

While there were no injuries to report, Richt was asked why sophomore tailback Knowshon Moreno was wearing a green jersey in practice, which are reserved for players who are not to be involved in any contact.

“Knowshon has a nagging shoulder injury, but he’s fine,” said Richt. “He’s not the type of guy who is going to go to the trainer and say my shoulder hurts. (Coach) Tony (Ball) saw it in drills yesterday. It’s hard for Knowshon to avoid contact or bump into something during drills. He will be fine.”

Earlier in the week, Rich was asked about true freshmen that were doing well, and he mentioned receivers A.J. Green, Tavarres King, cornerback Brandon Boykin and place-kicker Blair Walsh. When the question was posed again Friday, he added offensive linemen Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn, defensive back Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Marcus Dowtin to this list.

“Right now, we want to find the best five up front and Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn are fighting for playing time and a starting position,” said Richt. “Rambo has given us a spark lately and Dowtin had a nice day today too.”

Richt added that he had a chat with the entire Bulldog freshmen class earlier in the day, something he does annually after the first week of practice.

“I met with them as a group and told them that I was pleased with their work ethic and wanted to encourage them and tell them to stick together,” said Richt. “I told them they can be very good especially when they will make up our junior and senior class a few years from now. I wanted to keep their spirits up, they realize they are behind at this point but it’s not talent just experience and strength. They are used to being the best in high school and now they are going up against guys of equal talent who are stronger and that’s different for them.”

– Courtesy of Georgiadogs.com


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