Bulldogs Start Bowl Practice
Jay Rome

Posted Dec 14, 2013


ATHENS----- The 23rd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs returned to practice Saturday for the first time since posting yet another win over Georgia Tech to end a regular season.

The Bulldogs (8-4) held the first of seven scheduled sessions in Athens, which are set to conclude on Dec. 21. Then, they will take a four-day break for the holidays. Georgia will reconvene in Jacksonville on Dec. 26 to begin final preparations for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against Nebraska (8-4). Last year, the Bulldogs capped the season with a 45-31 victory over the Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

After Saturday’s 75-minute practice in the rain in full pads, Georgia coach Mark Richt said it was good to get started despite the downpour.

“There was 100 percent chance of rain all day, and we didn’t want to skip practice so we just got it in, doing some running and fundamental work,” Richt said. “It’s a weird time of year with recruiting, watching game clips, bowl practices, and our senior awards banquet, you can’t focus on one thing. Everybody is looking forward to tonight’s senior gala and be dressed in their tuxedos.”

Richt indicated that sophomore tight end Jay Rome would miss the bowl game due to a foot injury. It caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season and coupled with an ankle injury earlier this year, the 6-6, 254-pound native of Valdosta was limited to eight games. He ends the season with nine catches for 99 yards.

“He missed a lot, and it’s a shame but at least it’s not his senior year,” Richt said.

The Bulldogs will be making their 49th appearance in a bowl game, and they sport a record of 27-18-3. Georgia is 2-0-1 in previous trips to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. Georgia’s last appearance at the Gator Bowl came in 1989, a 34-27 win over Michigan State.

ESPN2 will broadcast the Georgia-Nebraska game with kickoff set for noon ET on Jan. 1 at EverBank Field.


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