Vanderbilt Week: Thursday Practice Report

Posted Oct 15, 2009

ATHENS - Georgia made final preparations to their game plan for this weekend's SEC encounter with Vanderbilt by holding a 90-minute practice at Sanford Stadium on Thursday.

Following the team's normal protocol on Thursday's prior to road contests, the Bulldogs held the practice Between the Hedges with crowd noise being played over the stadium speakers for half of the workout to simulate game day atmosphere.

Georgia (3-3, 2-2 SEC) will travel to for Nashville, Tenn., to meet Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3 SEC) on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET at Vanderbilt Stadium. Prior to Thursday's practice, Georgia head coach Mark Richt talked about how the team has done in this week's preparation.

"They're showing up, they're going to work and they got a reasonable amount of enthusiasm considering what's been going on," said Richt, who has won seven of eight meetings against Vanderbilt during his tenure at Georgia. "You don't want them to just be out there having the best time of their lives during practice because Tuesday's and Wednesday's are pretty tough work days anyway. I would say they are still grinding, they're still battling and they still want to prepare well."

Saturday's contest is the second of three consecutive road games for Georgia. The Bulldogs fell to Tennessee in Knoxville, 45-19, on Oct. 10 to open the road swing. After this week's game against Vandy, Georgia will have a bye on Oct. 24 before meeting top-ranked Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 31. The Bulldogs will have gone 35 days without playing a game at Sanford Stadium when they return home to face Tennessee Tech on Nov. 7.

"We need momentum," Richt said in regards to the importance of the game against Vanderbilt prior to the bye week. "You gain momentum by executing well and by ultimately winning the ball game. It's like I said Sunday to the team – priority one. There's no priority but to focus on the preparation of this football game. The best thing that can happen to us right now is to win this game, but we got to earn it. This game is crucial. It's big."

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