Chick-fil-A Bowl: Dec. 27 Practice Report


Posted Dec 27, 2006


ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs continued game preparations Wednesday with a two-hour workout inside the Georgia Dome and then particpiated in an array of Chick-fil-A Bowl activities.

After practice, approximately 35 Bulldog student-athletes vistied children at Scottish Rite Hospital. Meanwhile, Georgia coach Mark Richt and overall team captains senior center Nick Jones and senior linebacker Tony Taylor participated in a bowl press conference. Richt and the Bulldogs commented on their season, playing experience in the Georgia Dome and their bowl opponent, the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies.

"Virginia Tech is a team that wins and wins a lot," said Richt. "They have a great formula including oustanding special teams, a super defense and power football on offense. They don't beat themselves and they are used to winning. It will be a great challenge for us."

Jones said the Hokies remind him of the Bulldogs on defense. On film, they appear very physical, fast and well-coached. Meanwhile, Taylor complimented Virginia tailback Branden Ore who has tallied 1,095 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

"He is one of those running backs that you have to put at the top of the list of the ones we've played against this year. I was watching one play of him running on a film, and then I fast forwarded to the next one, and they were lining up for an extra point."

Using senior Quentin Moses' helmet as an example, Richt announced that Bulldogs who have recently graduated and/or made at least a 3.0 grade point average this past semester would have extra decals on their helmet. For the 10 Bulldogs who graduated, they would have an additional 10 black bone stickers on their helmet. Also, Georgia had 50 student-athletes who made at least a 3.0 GPA, and they would have a 3.0 sticker on their helmet. Throughout the season, Georgia awards white bone stickers for athletic performance and black bone stickers for academic honors.

Both teams will attend a dinner event billed as "Delta Football Feud" Wednesday at the Marriott Marquis. Following dinner, student-athletes and assistant coaches from each team will participate against each other in a format like the popular gameshow "Family Feud."

Georgia will practice Wednesday and Thursday morning followed by various bowl functions later in the day. On Friday, the team will have a walk-through and a luncheon.


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