The morning session, which was Georgia¹s first practice in full pads, lasted over two and a half hours and took place on the Woodruff Practice Fields. Head coach Mark Richt decided to give his players a break from the afternoon heat, taking the squad to the Ramsey Student Athletic Center in lieu of practice for a swim in the pool and a few efforts off of the diving boards. The players then came back to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to finish up the day with evening meetings.
³We¹ve been working hard and haven¹t missed a day yet,² Richt continued. ³It¹s been extremely hot with record temperatures. We try to do something like this every year for camaraderie and fun, and I think they enjoyed it.²
³This morning was our first day of full pads,² said Richt. ³This was an exciting day, an exciting morning. We had 25 minutes of tackling going three-on-three with the defense winning seven to six. The number one defense dominated the number two offense while the number one offense and the number two defense were pretty even. The number one defense did a really good job today and that doesn¹t surprise me. I think the defense has caught some slack, but they were the No. 8 defense in the country last year and I think people thought too much of the spring. Today was a good day for the defense.²
Richt went on to say that freshman John Knox, who just joined the team, will be in shorts for a mandatory five-day acclimation period and might be up to speed with the team on his fourth day and could go in shells on that day or it might be on his fifth day with the team when he is able to practice in shells.
When asked about the depth chart, Richt indicated that no depth chart alterations are being made right now, but that everyone is getting equal reps. If depth chart moves were to happen, he said it would probably be after the first scrimmage.
Richt also mentioned that Mikey Henderson hurt his hip and that he would have to wait and see on his status. Richt also noted that Chester Adams sprained his ankle and Quentin Banks was hit in the head but believes he will be all right.