Dawgs Report; Geathers Waiting on NCAA

Dawgs Report; Geathers Waiting on NCAA

ATHENS - Georgia welcomed its football student-athletes to campus Monday as they officially reported for the start of fall camp.

On Monday, the team's activities included physicals, meetings, freshmen orientation and a team dinner. Fall practice begins Tuesday following the team's first media session of the season.

All 104 players expected to report arrived. Bulldog freshman signee Kwame Geathers of Georgetown, S.C., is slated to report once he receives clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse, according to Georgia coach Mark Richt.

"We're ready to start camp and begin the next phase of preparation for another season," said Richt. "It's good to see everybody together again."

Georgia's first five practices will serve as the NCAA-mandated acclimation period. The acclimation period went into effect by the NCAA in 2004 with the intent to lessen injuries and heat-related illnesses. The period is free of multi-practice days that were common in college football prior to the legislation.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team will practice in helmets and shorts, while on Thursday and Friday the squad will wear shoulder pads as well. After a Saturday practice in shells, the first two-a-day practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 10 with a full-pads practice during the morning session.

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