Bulldogs Begin Preparations For Tennessee In Full Pads

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - The Georgia football team began preparations for this week’s game against Tennessee with a 90-minute practice in full pads.

Typically, Monday practices are conducted in helmets and shorts and are geared more toward conditioning and special teams. However, this week, the Bulldogs “changed things up,” according to Coach Mark Richt.

“We did a little spring ball by putting on the pads,” Richt said. “We went ones against ones and twos and against twos and knocked heads a little bit. I thought they responded well. … We got after it. We had a high-tempo, great-energy practice. It was physical and spirited. Great competition.”

The Bulldogs are off to a 1-4 start and are 0-3 in the SEC. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will entertain Tennessee, which is 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC under first-year coach Derek Dooley, the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley.

“Tennessee has a very physical football team,” Richt said. “They will try to knock us off the ball and make big plays from a physical standpoint. We’ll have to try to match that.”

Richt said the captains for Saturday’s game will be Clint Boling, Ben Jones, Akeem Dent and Darryl Gamble.

Saturday’s game between Georgia and Tennessee will kick off at 12:21 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network.

It was announced Monday that the Saturday, Oct. 16, SEC football game between Georgia and Vanderbilt in Athens will be televised by the SEC Network with kickoff set for 12:21 p.m. ET.

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