The Georgia football team opened its preseason camp Tuesday afternoon with a two-hour practice in shorts and helmets at the Woodruff Practice Fields. The Bulldogs will practice again in shorts and helmets on Wednesday before wearing shells for the first time on Thursday.
“It was a typical day one as far as a lot of reps,” said head coach Mark Richt. “There was a lot of good and bad. You could see that the veterans were ready to handle these types of practices with the knowledge and the strain of it. The young guys are learning.”
Georgia will practice 11 consecutive days to begin fall camp, and earlier Tuesday, Richt spoke at the Bulldogs’ annual preseason media day.
“There’s five days of acclimation that the NCAA has everyone do as far as just getting used to heat, getting used to contact, those types of things,” Richt said. “We’ll spend two days in shorts and helmets and two days in what we call shells or at least shoulder pads and helmets. So day five we’ll be able to put on the full pads for the first time. That’s kind of how we’re going to go. We’re looking forward to this camp. There’s been a lot of preparation between the end of the season and today to get us to this point. This is just another phase of preparation for game one, Louisiana Monroe. We’re looking forward to that.”
Richt also addressed the competition at the quarterback position under new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Said Richt: “We’re going to rotate the top three guys, the three scholarship quarterbacks (Faton Bauta, Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey). We’re going to rotate them one guy with the first unit, one guy with the second unit, one guy with the third unit, rotating it around on a day‑to‑day basis until we think it should stop. It could go all the way to the first game. At some point we may drop it to a two‑man race. It’s just hard to say how it’s going to go. But that’s our starting point.”
Georgia will play host to Louisiana-Monroe in the season opener Sept. 5 at noon ET. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.