2009 Spring: Day 1 Practice Report

Posted Mar 17, 2009

ATHENS -Under sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s, the University of Georgia football team opened up spring practice Tuesday by holding a two-hour workout.

The Bulldogs practiced in shorts for their first non-contact workout of the spring. Georgia worked on all phases of the game from special teams, offense and defense during the workout. The first practice in full pads is slated for Saturday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said it’s tough to gauge a lot when everybody is in shorts and there’s no contact, but overall he was pleased with the first day.

“You can see the difference between the veterans who know what to do, they understand the system, the technique and are in good shape, guys like Michael Moore and Prince Miller for example,” said Richt. “Then you look at like the true freshman quarterbacks, I watched them a lot, and you can see they are talented, they can throw. However it’s not easy to pick things up in meetings or off the board and then take that out to practice and hit your targets.”

Richt added that senior quarterback Joe Cox and sophomore quarterback Logan Gray had a solid first day of practice.

“Joe’s always been able to take control in the huddle,” said Richt. “It’s not unnatural for him to step in and be the leader. Logan had a very good day too. He knows what to do. He’s off all the special teams for the spring. He’s going to be involved in all the quarterback meetings and drills now.”

Last season, Gray served as one of the team’s punt returners with six returns for 72 yards. He did not see any game action at quarterback. Cox is the starting quarterback now after Matthew Stafford opted to leave early for the NFL. Stafford and former Bulldog linebacker Dannell Ellerbe attended Tuesday’s practice.

“It was weird to see Matthew and Dannell in the stands watching today,” said Richt. “However that’s college football. There’s a certain point where the guys finish in college and move on, and it’s up to the next guy to rise up and do the job. We’ve got a ways to go as a team but we’re confident about this team.”

The Bulldogs will practice again Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week. On Wednesday, former NFL head coach Tony Dungy will be in town for a joint news conference with Richt as they announce the expansion of the national fatherhood program, All Pro Dad, into college football. Also, Dungy will speak to the Georgia football team prior to its practice.

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