Arizona State Week: Wednesday Practice Report


Posted Sep 23, 2009


ATHENS - Georgia continued preparations for their game with Arizona State by conducting a two-hour practice Wednesday.

The Bulldogs (2-1, 2-0 SEC) are coming off a 52-41 road win over Arkansas last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) cruised to a 38-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe to remain undefeated. This is the second all-time meeting between UGA and ASU. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 27-10 last season in Tempe.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday’s workout was very productive.

“The defense did a fantastic job, they played with energy, they were focused, and it was as good a practice as we’ve have had in a while,” said Richt. “I was very pleased. Overall, it was a very up-tempo day.”

In school history, Georgia is 9-4-1 against the Pac-10 while ASU is 0-4 all-time against SEC schools. Richt said he is impressed with the Sun Devil linebackers.

“They are the personality of the defense,” said Richt. “They are all fairly tall, around 6-3, 235 to 245 pounds, they all run good and are brutal hitters. They are very physical, old school, tough guys. They represent the identity of the team. They are not super fancy, They just line up and say here it is and here we come.”

In reference to Wednesday’s news regarding the Georgia-Florida game remaining in Jacksonville through 2016, Richt said the following: “My only focus on that game or any game is trying to win it, and I’m not concerned with where it’s played.”

On Wednesday, the UGA Athletic Board voted unanimously to keep the game in Jacksonville. The current contract ends after the 2010 game and negotiations are underway for a new six-year contract.

ESPNU will televise the Georgia-ASU game live at 7:05 p.m. ET. Saturday will mark the first appearance on the ESPNU network for Georgia, which is ranked No. 17 and No. 21 in this week's USA Today and AP top 25 polls.


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