"We treat this week like an open date," head coach Mark Richt said. "We're going to have two dress rehearsals the next two days in shorts. We're doing what we normally do for an opening game, but it is ahead of a normal schedule."
Richt also announced the captains for the opener, including a trio of Athens-area products. Defensive end Quentin Moses, who played at Cedar Shoals High, and linebacker Tony Taylor, from Oconee County High, will serve as captains of the defense. Clarke Central alum Gordon Ely-Kelso, the Bulldogs' punter, will be the special teams captain. Center Nick Jones is the offensive captain.
Earlier on Tuesday, Richt discussed this week's game at length in his weekly press conference. He has been pleased with the effort and concentration in preparation for the opener against Western Kentucky.
"I feel like our players have done an outstanding job of working really hard and doing the types of things they need to do to be prepared for this game," Richt said. "I think our coaches have done an excellent job in preparation for the season. We know we have a very good challenge here. We are playing a team that not long ago won a National Championship at the I-AA level. They are a team that is used to winning. I have said many times, I would rather play I-A team that doesn¹t know how to win than a I-AA opponent that does. Winners are tough to beat and the Hilltoppers are that kind of team. Coach Elson has done a fine job of putting this team together."
Richt also announced that the Dog Walk with the team's trek from Lumpkin Street into Sanford Stadium will be at 10:45 a.m.
"We are always shooting for and hour and 45 minutes before kickoff just to let our fans know when to be there," Richt said. "We really appreciate it. It means so much to our players and coaches to have our fans there. Historically I have gone to the first one because we are undefeated and everyone is in a good mood. It is an emotional thing for our players and I think it means a lot to our fans as well."