Jacksonville, FL - The Georgia Bulldogs continued preparations for their TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl game against Nebraska with another two-hour workout Saturday.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said both teams have strong running games, and consequently there will probably be a lot of single coverage in the secondary.
“(Ameer) Abdullah is a great back for Nebraska, he’s already rushed for more than 1,500 yards this year, and he’s a guy you just can’t knock down,” Richt said. “He’s a back you have to wrap up and tackle. Also, there will probably be enough quarterback runs in the game that you’ll have to be able to tackle in space.”
Abdullah, who is a 5-9, 190-pound junior, is averaging 6.2 yards a carry this season. He has gained 1,568 yards with eight touchdowns. The Bulldogs feature a talented tailback in Todd Gurley. The 6-1, 232-pound sophomore has tallied 903 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in only nine games this year. He is aiming to become only the third tailback in Georgia history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The other two were Herschel Walker (1980-83) and Knowshon Moreno (2007-08).
Richt was asked about a couple of veterans in the Georgia secondary in junior cornerback Damian Swann and junior safety Corey Moore. Last year in the Capital One Bowl win over 21st-ranked Nebraska, Swann registered a pair of interceptions.
“Damian hasn’t played as well as he’d hoped this year, and he’s hungry to finish strong and have a great senior year,” Richt said. “We need him and Corey Moore. They are the obvious choices on the back end of our defense to provide leadership and take ownership of the group. We’ve had some young guys play a lot of downs for this year, but Damian and Corey are two guys that I feel comfortable are ready to lead the way next year.”
Richt was asked about the status of junior flanker Chris Conley who was not practicing Saturday.
"Chris hurt his ankle running a route and competing for the football yesterday," Richt said. "We're not ruling him out, he's just sitting out today."
Conley leads the Bulldogs with 42 catches for 605 yards and four touchdowns. Earlier this season, he missed a pair of games due to an ankle injury.
Following practice, the Bulldogs (8-4) are slated to spend the afternoon at the beach. Practice will continue on Sunday with another morning workout scheduled at Jacksonville University.
Georgia will be making its 49th appearance in a bowl game this season. The Bulldogs sport a bowl record of 27-18-3. The Bulldogs will battle the Cornhuskers (8-4) on Jan. 1 at EverBank Field. ESPN2 will televise the game with kickoff slated for noon ET.