ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) practiced for just under two and a half hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Tuesday, a day ahead of their traditional game week routine. Last Saturday's open date allowed Georgia to begin work for this week's contest with North Texas (2-1, 0-0 C-USA) early.
Georgia's assistant coaches answered questions from the media following the practice. While he enjoyed last weekend's break from competition, inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti is excited about returning to game action and this Saturday's matchup.
"You only get a certain amount of games every year," Olivadotti said. "You prepare all year for 12 games. You're guaranteed to get 12 games. This is one of those 12 games so it's a big deal. You spend 353 days preparing for 12 of them and this is one of those 12 coming up. It's a special thing when you get the chance to go out there and play. That's what makes it so exciting. They all matter. They all matter. There's a lot of people who go to work every day and they don't know whether they were right or wrong of if they were good or bad. There's a scoreboard and at the end of the day, you either won or lost and that's one of the great things."
Head coach Mark Richt talked about Saturday's matchup with the Mean Green earlier on Tuesday during the Bulldogs' game week press conference.
“With North Texas, I’m very impressed with what I see on film," Richt said. "Coach (Dan) McCarney has done a great job with his team. One of the things that sticks out to me is the number of junior and seniors that they have playing and starting for them. There are nine juniors and seniors on offense and 10 out of 11 defenders are either juniors or senior – mostly seniors. So they are a very veteran team.
“I see a team that is very well-coached," Richt continued. "I know Coach McCarney has had the opportunity to coach on a national championship team with Coach (Urban) Meyer at Florida. He’s been a head coach for many years and has had a lot of success. I think they are believing and playing hard and they’ll be ready for a big game on Saturday.”
Saturday's game will kick off at 12:21 p.m. and will be televised by SEC TV.