Vanderbilt Week: Wednesday Practice Report


Posted Oct 14, 2009


ATHENS - Due in part to another soggy afternoon in Athens, Georgia worked both indoors and outdoors Wednesday as they continue preparations for their upcoming road date with Vanderbilt.

The Bulldogs (3-3, 2-2 SEC) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak while the Commodores (2-4, 0-3 SEC) are searching for their first league victory. The Bulldogs spent the first hour of practice Wednesday at Georgia’s basketball practice facility with the offense and defense working in separate gymnasiums. Then, the team headed to outdoors for approximately 30 minutes featuring mostly special teams work.

“We went inside not so much because of the weather but in part to take a bit of the pounding and running off today so the team would be fresh Saturday,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “We finished up outside because you can’t simulate kicking inside, and we got some offense and defense fundamental work in and some throwing and catching. Overall, it went well and we stayed on track and actually finished a little early.”

Richt provided an update on the status of a few Bulldogs who missed last week’s game, saying that running back Caleb King and split end Tavarres King should be back Saturday. However, he said starting fullback Shaun Chapas is doubtful due to “burners,” which are injuries to one or more nerves between your neck and shoulder and are common among athletes who play contact sports like football. If Chapas were unable to play, junior Fred Munzenmaier would be in line to make his first career start and senior Justin Fields would be the backup.

“Fred can do a good job and (Justin) Fields too, they will both hit you, and they know what to do,” said Richt. “It would be a good opportunity for Fred.”

During Richt’s tenure, the Bulldogs are 31-6 in an opponent’s stadium including 1-2 this season. Georgia opened the year with a loss at ninth-ranked Oklahoma State, won a shootout over Arkansas in Fayetteville and fell to Tennessee last week in Knoxville.

“It’s been a battle with them (the Commodores) every time we go up there,” Richt added. “Priority number one is to focus on preparing for Vanderbilt and to win this game.”


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