Sugar Bowl Week 1: Practce Report

Jeff Owens

ATHENS – Head coach Mark Richt ran the Georgia football team through their second practice in preparation for the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Hawaii on Thursday at the Woodruff Practice Fields. The practice session lasted 75 minutes in helmets and shoulder pads.

"This is practice number two," Richt said. "This is actually a practice where we do know who we are going to play although we haven't had much time to look at tape."

Richt added that the reason for holding a couple bowl game practices prior to the end of the fall academic semester is to keep the team fresh.

"Today we're still more concerned about working on fundamentals and just letting the guys run around and play a little football and not forget completely how to play," Richt said. "That's the main reason for last Thursday and today. Next Friday, after exams are over, our coaches will have studied (film) pretty well."

When asked about the status of injuries, Richt noted that Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson feels like by next Friday everybody might be ready to practice, including senior place kicker Brandon Coutu, who injured his hamstring in Georgia's last contest, a 31-17 win over Georgia Tech.

Richt also was asked about going up against Hawaii's wide receiving corps, which includes three players with at least 1,000 yards receiving.

"People that have played them have said their receivers are as good as any in the country," Richt noted. "With the quarterback and receiver situation there, you won't go to any school in America and find a better bunch."

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (10-2) face 10th-ranked Hawaii (12-0) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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