Florida Week: Thursday Practice Report

Posted Oct 29, 2009

ATHENS - Georgia team put the finishing touches on its game plan for Saturday’s showdown against Florida with a 90-minute practice Thursday at Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2 SEC) will travel to St. Augustine, Fla., on Friday before facing the No. 1 Gators (7-0, 5-0 SEC) in Jacksonville. This will be the fourth time in school history Georgia plays the No. 1 team in the country including the third time against Florida.

“This is the last little bit of preparation here as far as on the field,” Richt told the media prior to practice. “I feel good about the preparation that we’ve had to this point. This is the last little bit in the stadium with the crowd noise before we feel like we’ve done everything we can do. With the crowd noise, you have to concentrate and you have to focus.”

Richt also stressed the importance of effective special teams play against the Gators.

“There are six phases of special teams, and if you win four out of six, you win the special teams game,” Richt said. “It’s a situation where you are going against one of the better special teams in the league and the country. It will be a challenge. Everybody is going to be up for it.”

The Bulldogs are coming off a bye week following the 34-10 win over Vanderbilt on Oct. 17. This marks the sixth time in the history of the series that Georgia enters the game after an open date. The last time it happened was in 2007 when No. 20 Georgia upset No. 9 Florida 42-30.

Georgia will renew its rivalry with Florida for the 88th time Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 47-38-2.

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