Sugar Bowl: 12/16 Practice Report

ATHENS - The 2005 SEC Champion Georgia Bulldog football team returned to the practice fields Friday to begin preparations for their Nokia Sugar Bowl game against West Virginia.

Friday's session, which lasted approximately 90 minutes, was the first of eight scheduled workouts over the next six days before the Bulldogs break for the holidays. Georgia will work out twice on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and then hold a single session on Wednesday. Georgia (10-2) will reconvene in Atlanta on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and begin final preparations leading up the Jan. 2 game against the Big East champion Mountaineers (10-1).

Earlier on Friday, Georgia held its bowl media day and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Neil Callaway, defensive coordinator/secondary coach Willie Martinez and selected student-athletes visited with the media. Head coach Mark Richt was out of town Friday due to a family matter.

Callaway said the Bulldog offense will use the practice time in Athens and Atlanta to help prepare for West Virginia's defensive scheme.

"West Virginia's defense is a little bit different than what we're accustomed to," said Callaway. "They run a 3-5-3, which is an eight man front that is more or less designed to stop the run. They can also go to a cover 2 look that is more to defend the pass."

Kickoff for the Nokia Sugar Bowl will be 8:30 p.m., and the game will be televised by ABC.

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