ORLANDO, Fla. --- The fifth-ranked Georgia football team took the Celebration High School football field on Sunday afternoon for the final time during the program’s last full practice in preparation for Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl versus 23rd-ranked Nebraska.
Georgia has had a variety of conditions to practice in this week including warm, cool and rainy weather situations. This time around, the Bulldogs dealt with winds reaching 15 miles per hour under sunny skies with temperatures lingering in the mid-50s.
Georgia joined the Cornhuskers at the DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park on Sunday morning following a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast. The Bulldogs had the opportunity to interact and play video games with a large group of Orlando youth before Georgia’s afternoon practice.
After arriving to town on Dec. 26, head coach Mark Richt is now ready for his team to kickoff.
“We feel like we have done everything we can do to get ready for this game,” said Richt. “We are going to have to get after it because I’m sure Nebraska has been preparing just as hard. It will be interesting to see how the game develops after it gets going. I’ve been watching some of the other bowl games and it seems like one team might come out with the juice and then the other team ends up coming up with it later in the game. We have to make sure we channel our emotions and concentrate throughout the game.”
The Bulldogs’ final regular season game was a 42-10 win over Georgia Tech. Georgia last took the field on Dec. 1 versus #2 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.
“It has been a month since we last played and would have been even longer than that had we not played in our conference championship game,” Richt said. “I think that’s the reason for the bowl game looking a lot like the first game of the season sometimes with fumbles, (interceptions) and slips in the special teams. But we hope that we have created enough good habits during the regular season to carry over to this game.”
Richt also mentioned the availability of senior defensive end Abry Jones. Jones injured his ankle in late October at Kentucky and has been sidelined since having surgery on the ankle.
“We don’t know how much he’ll go, but he hasn’t been flying around the field this week,” said Richt. “Abry has been working hard to get back in action. Not sure of his conditioning or how quickly he can move around the field. We don’t want to have him out there if we're rushing him back, or if he is not playing at the level he is capable of playing or playing true Georgia football.”
The Bulldogs face the Cornhuskers on Jan. 1 at 1:08 p.m. in the Capital One Bowl. It will be televised by ABC.