UAB Week: Tuesday Practice Report

Posted Sep 12, 2006

ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) practiced for two and a half hours in full pads on Tuesday afternoon in Athens, their most physical workout of the week in preparation for Saturday's game against UAB (1-1, 1-0 CUSA).

"Tuesday is the biggest work day we've got," head coach Mark Richt said. "It's the only practice we have in full pads and the only one where we'll actually block and tackle at full speed. Also, it's a huge day for installation. We're installing everything, and the scout team is trying to learn what to do to give us a look. There are all kind of things going on on Tuesday."

Richt took part in the team's weekly press conference earlier on Tuesday to discuss this weekend's game with the Blazers.

³UAB is a very good football team," Richt said. "Coach Brown has done a fantastic job there. They have done a fantastic job with recruiting. I think just by witnessing highlights of their Oklahoma game you would see that they are a heck of a football team. They took Oklahoma to the limit, just as theydid to us a couple years ago and just as they did to Tennessee last year. Sooner or later I¹m sure they¹re feeling like they are going to win one of these games that they¹ve been so close to doing. I just hope it¹s not this week.²

Richt said that although freshman Matthew Stafford will be making his first collegiate start this weekend, that fact did not alter the Bulldogs' game plan. Stafford will start due to the high ankle sprain suffered by senior Joe Tereshinski at South Carolina.

³When we looked at the film of UAB to make a determination of what to do I don¹t know that we would have done a whole lot different as far as the planning of the game," Richt said. "Joe T could handle any check that we needed him to. Matthew can handle it too one at a time, but if you throw too many of them at him you¹re probably ask him too much. I will probably just have to be a good guesser sometimes. There will be some things that Matthew decides on the line of scrimmage. We¹ll still allow him to do some, but probably not as much as we would with Joe.²

Among this weeks polls, Georgia is No. 9 in the USA Today and No. 10 in the AP rankings.

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