Bulldogs conclude bowl practice in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia football team held its final practice of the season in Athens Saturday morning with a 90-minute workout in full pads.
The Bulldogs will now have a three-day break for Christmas before they reconvene in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 24. Georgia (9-3, 6-2 SEC) will take on Louisville (9-3, 5-3 ACC) Dec. 30 in the Belk Bowl.
“We finished our last bowl practice here this morning,” UGA coach Mark Richt said. “The guys are getting packed right now, and we’ll all meet up the afternoon of the 24th. Today was a little different from some other last days. We felt like we had to maximize everything we did this week, so we scrimmaged without tackling to ground. We got a lot out of it and had a lot of energy, so I thought it was a good day.”
After they arrive in Charlotte on Wednesday, the Bulldogs will hold the first of four practices Thursday afternoon.
Following practice, senior quarterback Hutson Mason was named recipient of the GATA (Gracious Attitude Toward Answering) Award by the beat writers who cover the Bulldogs on a daily basis. The award is named in honor of graduate assistant and former linebacker Christian Robinson, the inaugural recipient in 2011.
Said Richt: “I’m real proud of Hutson. I think he’s been a great leader and I think he’s been very productive in what we’ve asked him to do. He’s a great teammate and a great team leader.”
The 2014 Belk Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. This marks the 50th bowl appearance for Georgia and its 17th in a row. The Bulldogs, who will be playing in the Belk Bowl for the first time, are 27-19-3 all time in bowl games.