"It was tougher with the pads on," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "It wasn't unbelievably hot, but it was hot enough to test these guys. ... This was thepractice where I say we don't look very good right now. It's just a matter of trying to get 105 guys ready at the same time. You just can't do that. When you have a bunch of brand-new guys, it looks like a Chinese fire drill."
Richt announced following practice that senior Dale Dixson has moved from the defensive line to the offense line. The move of Dixson, a 6-2, 305-pounder from Garland, Texas, will shore up the Bulldogs depth at center and guard. At one point during the practice, Richt, a former quarterback, took snaps from Dixson.
"Dale has a big enough body and he's unselfish enough to help us by trying to get ready to play," Richt said. "We don't have a lot of veteran players on the offensive line, so he will strengthen us there. We need help inside, and Dale is a guy that we can lean on and a guy who will sacrifice for the team."
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. Georgia will open the season Sept. 2 at home against Western Kentucky in a 12:30 p.m. game to be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports. The annual Fans Picture Day will be held Aug. 19 at Sanford Stadium.