Bulldogs kick off game-week practices
ATHENS, GA – The 12th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs kicked off the week of the season opener with a two-hour practice in full pads on Monday on the Woodruff Practice Fields.
Georgia opened its training camp on Aug. 1, but when the Bulldogs reconvened after classes on Monday, they finally had reached game week. The Bulldogs will entertain No. 16 Clemson on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN.
“I liked the energy and the tempo I saw today,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It’s been long, tough month of practices, but we’re here now closing in on the Clemson game. The guys were focused on their assignments and got the week off to a good start. We just need to make sure we continue to prepare well for the challenge we have coming on Saturday.”
“Around campus today, people were asking, ‘Are you guys ready?’ and ‘Are we going to win?’” linebacker and special teams standout Kosta Vavlas said. “Today definitely had a different feel because it’s game week. You could feel the blood rushing and you could see it everyone’s eyes.”
Richt announced the captains for Saturday’s game will be quarterback Hutson Mason and center David Andrews on offense, end Sterling Bailey on defense, and Vavlas on special teams.
“Special teams will play a huge role on Saturday,” Vavlas said. “We’ve been stressing it so much through the summer and through camp. Our coaches have stressed the fundamentals in each phase of special teams, and we’re ready to have a breakout season in that part of our team.”