Hard work pays off for Dawgs

Tony Taylor (Photo: Dean Legge)

No doubt, the preparation taken by Georgia's coaching staff and the sacrifices made by its players have put the Dawgs in a position to win championships. This week the Dawgs will rely on their hard work once more as they aim add one more championship to their season with a win over Georgia Tech in the Governor's Cup.

Last week was the first week since early September that Georgia has had an off week. And although the SEC East champs are getting ready for Georgia Tech, they point to months of hard work as the reason for this season's success.

"We tired to give the players a little bit of a break in the middle," said Mark Richt of the 10 straight weeks of games for Georgia. But Richt said that the team's lone practice day off came on a Monday night during the middle of the stretch. "These guys have been working extremely hard," added Richt.

Richt said that it's not just the players that have been giving all of the effort, but that the coaching staff has been too.

"Our coaches have not has a single day off," he said.

Richt went on to say that after the win over Auburn he encouraged a day off for the coaching staff, but that they declined. "I guess they can't stay away. I saw some of them popping around the office," Richt said.

With at least three more games remaining, and all of them critical ones, Richt said that reenergizing the team is critical to a good performance the rest of the season.

"We are trying to get everybody a little bit of rest," he said.

Tony Taylor said that all of the hard work in the off-season is the main reason that Georgia has had a championship season. Taylor said that exercises such as matt drills and weight training go a long way to winning titles.

"The way that we look at it we are working harder than our opponents. And we take that to the game with us, it is a part of the game," Taylor said.

No doubt, the preparation taken by Georgia's coaching staff and the sacrifices made by its players have put the Dawgs in a position to win championships. This week the Dawgs will rely on their hard work once more as they aim add one more championship to their season with a win over Georgia Tech in the Governor's Cup.

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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