2013 Fall Camp Day Six: Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia conducted the first of two two-a-days scheduled for the 2013 preseason camp with a pair of 90-minute sessions on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs focused solely on special teams during the morning practice at Sanford Stadium – the first preseason workout between the hedges - then returned to the Woodruff Practice Fields later in the day.

"We did a lot of drills this morning, and it was a lot about guys learning how to protect and cover and block punts," head coach Mark Richt said. "It was a good morning. This afternoon we decided to do shorts and helmets prior to the scrimmage tomorrow. I thought the guys had a good level of energy and did what they needed to do.

"I told them that the NCAA at this point doesn't force us to go in shorts today," Richt said. "It was a decision made by myself and the staff. If they can learn to practice without the pads on, we can continue to do that from time to time throughout camp and the season. I thought they took that to heart and did a good job today."

Following the morning practice, senior Blake Sailors was asked what it takes to be an effective special teams player. The Athens, Ga., native has played on special teams in each game over the last three seasons.

"I think you just have to want to do it," Sailors said. "It's literally lining up and sprinting 40 or 50 yards down the field and trying to hit someone. You have to want to do it and have the toughness to do it and be fearless. You have to have the ability to tackle someone or make a play in the open field."

The team is slated to hold its first scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday morning.

"I told them after practice that (the scrimmage) is the closest thing we have to simulating a game," Richt said. "We are trying to evaluate what's going on, but we are evaluating every single drill they do. We are trying to evaluate who is ready to play, who is capable, and who is dependable enough to play."

Fall semester classes begin at UGA next Monday, Aug. 12, and the annual Fans Picture Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. between Gates 2 and 4. Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.

Georgia will travel to No. 8 Clemson for the season opener Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m., and the game will be televised by ABC.

DawgPost.com Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next