Athens, GA - The Georgia Bulldogs held a spirited, two-hour workout Wednesday as they focus on their upcoming clash with top-ranked Florida in Jacksonville.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Tuesday’s move indoors changed the practice routine a bit coming off a bye week. The original plan was to have a couple of walk and talk and teaching sessions on Wednesday and Thursday but after having one on Tuesday due to the rain, the team went with a full speed workout Wednesday, and it well, according to Richt.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Richt said one of the keys for Georgia will be its ability to run the football against the Gators.
“We’re not going to be able to throw it on every down, that’s not healthy against anybody, but we have to keep hammering it and pop one,” said Richt. “We need to run it well. No team has been able to be methodical and drive down the field on them. We’re going to have to be able to trade blows. We’ll have to keep banging away with the run even it we’re not successful early.”
Florida ranks second in the SEC in rushing defense and second nationally in scoring defense. Richt did not announce who will start for the Bulldogs at tailback.
“I don’t know honestly,” said Richt. “Sometimes it depends on what play we have called and our field position. We’d love to be in the position to know who it is no matter what the call, but we’re not there right now.”
Saturday’s game will mark the fourth time in school history that the Bulldogs face the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Georgia is 1-2 in these contests, and the victory came in 1985 when No. 17 Georgia stunned No. 1 Florida 24-3 in Jacksonville.
Georgia (4-3, 3-2 SEC) had an open date this past Saturday while the Gators (7-0, 5-0 SEC) posted a 29-19 win over Mississippi State to extend their winning streak to 17 games.
Georgia junior linebacker Akeem Dent looks to return to action Saturday after battling a hamstring injury since the summer. Dent played in the first two games this season but has not played since Sept. 19 against South Carolina.
“It’s been tough for Akeem, he was going to be one of our starters, one of our leaders,” said Richt. “We’re hopeful he can finish the year in style.”
Saturday’s kickoff is set for 3:35 p.m. ET., and CBS will televise the contest.