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Defense Shines On Physical Tuesday

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - The Georgia Bulldogs (2-4, 1-3 SEC) practiced for just under two and a half hours in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, their most physical session of the week as they get ready to host Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-1 SEC) this Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

Head coach Mark Richt was pleased with the defense's performance in the head-to-head portions of the workout.

"Today was very physical," Richt said. "They got after it pretty good. I
thought the defense had a really, really good day in the competition phase. The defense won the team run portion. The 11-on-11 was pretty much a wash. It was very equal. The offense did win the 3-on-3 tackling drill, the old-school 'Oklahoma' drill but it was close."

At lunchtime on Tuesday, Richt discussed the date with the Commodores in depth during the team's weekly press conference.

"They just do a very good job on their staff of getting these guys lined up
and getting these guys fundamentally ready to play football," Richt said.
"They don¹t necessarily try to trick you, but they are very, very sound in
what they do. They play fast and they play physical and they really play
great fundamental football on both sides of the ball. You could tell they¹ve created a lot of really good habits in the way they play. They do have a lot of young men from the state of Georgia. I think that¹s something a lot of those guys are going to be excited about.²

Richt believes the Bulldogs can continue to improve on their dominating win over Tennessee.

³It¹s our job now to hopefully build off of the momentum that we¹ve created with last week¹s victory," Richt said. "I think when you lose games people tend to think that everything is going wrong and not much is going right. Then when you win games maybe they think everything is going right and not much is going wrong. I think as we were going through that losing streak we were improving in a lot of areas. We just didn¹t finish really like we should and this game, even though a lot of things did go well we still have more to correct, and that¹s our job as coaches is to continue to try to improve and again build off the momentum that we created.²

Kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised nationally by the SEC Network for the second consecutive week.


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