Friday’s practice was the seventh practice of 14 before the annual G-Day spring game at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, April 16. This practice also wrapped up the two-day coaching clinic for high school coaches that the Bulldogs were hosting.
After practice, junior linebacker Cornelius Washington talked about working in the 3-4 defense and helping to replace All-SEC standout Justin Houston.
“Everything for me is going so good so far,” said Washington. “I feel like I am making some plays that I wouldn’t have last year. Last season, I thought this defense was a whole lot harder than it actually is. It’s easy once you catch on. I feel like I am at a point where I have put the work in and now I have to go out and earn my spot.”
Jakar Hamilton, who will be suiting up for the final season as a Bulldog in 2011, said every practice at this point is high intensity.
“There’s competition at a lot of spots so every day out there matters,” Hamilton said. “We think about playing Boise State on September 3 every day so each practice is huge for us getting ready for that. Personally, I am just trying to be a student of the game more than I was last year. I think that so far, I am doing a whole lot better deciding when to try and make a big hit and when to just tackle.”
One of the guest speakers for the coaches’ clinic was former Bulldog All-American Richard Seymour. Seymour, an 11-year NFL veteran, is currently with the Oakland Raiders after already winning three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and being named to six Pro Bowls. The sixth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft has tallied 452 tackles in his career, including 48.5 sacks.
At Georgia, Seymour was a force on the defensive line. A two-time All-Southeastern Conference First Team selection, Seymour started 25 games and finished with 223 tackles (106 solo). The Hopkins, S.C., native was named a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association as a Bulldog senior in 2000.
“I tell my teammates in the NFL all the time that the SEC is the toughest and best conference there is,” said Seymour. “And that playing for the University of Georgia was an unbelievable experience. It was an inspiration to know how many people were behind us week in and week out and we tried our best to exude the same effort on the field.”
The Bulldogs are scheduled to practice at Sanford Stadium on Saturday morning, which will complete three consecutive days of practice.