UGA Practice Endures Heat

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - With the temperature climbing above 100 degrees, Georgia coach Mark Richt took his team to an appropriate place Thursday for the second half of two-a-days: the swimming pool.

The Bulldogs practiced for two and a half hours in the morning, their first practice in full pads. It was also supposed to be the first of two-a-days, but Richt decided to shake things up in the afternoon.

Instead of another practice, the team headed to the Ramsey Student Athletic Center, where the players took a swim and showed their form off the diving boards.

Richt praised the work of the defense during the morning practice, which included 25 minutes of tackling drills. He said the Number One defense dominated the Number Two offense, but the Number One offense and the Number Two defense were about even.

Receiver Mikey Henderson injured his hip, and the coaching staff was awaiting word on his status. Offensive tackle Chester Adams was hobbling on a sprained ankle, while safety Quintin Banks was struck in the head, but Richt said he should be OK.

Freshman John Knox has joined the team while waiting for the NCAA to rule on his academic status. He worked in shorts while going through a mandatory five-day acclimation period that the rest of the team already completed.

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