Day 10 practice report

Posted Aug 16, 2005

ATHENS – Due to a weather delay (lightning in the area), the University of Georgia football team moved its single practice from the afternoon to the evening on Tuesday. A little more than three hours after the original start time, the Bulldogs took to the practice fields and worked out under the lights for a little more than two hours.

According to Georgia head coach Mark Richt, the team was still able to get a lot accomplished despite having the sudden change in schedule. Richt said the change in climate was a contributing factor to the solid practice the team had on Tuesday.

“I’d say it was between 20-25 degrees cooler than the usual temperature (the team has been practicing in) and it showed,” said Richt. “I was very pleased with it.”

When the Bulldogs line up to play Boise State in their season-opening game they will be without their top two wide receivers – Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson – from last year who are now playing in the NFL. There are several candidates who will be looked at to fill the void. Among them is sophomore T.J. Gartrell, who Richt said has been impressive in preseason workouts.

“T.J. has had a nice couple of days,” said Richt. “He has high energy and has been a hard worker, coming back to balls and working hard on blocks. He has impressed me.”

Tomorrow the Bulldogs will go through their last set of two-a-day practices before classes start for UGA students on Thursday.

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