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Bulldogs Start Preparing For Florida

By: UGa Sports Communications
By: UGa Sports Communications

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia football team began preparations for its game against Florida in Jacksonville with a 60-minute workout on the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday.

The No. 12 Bulldogs are off to a 6-1 start, including a 4-1 mark in the SEC. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will take on third-ranked Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) in the annual game in Jacksonville. The game will be televised by CBS at 3:30 p.m.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for Florida, and our practices this week have to reflect that," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I thought we got off to a good start tonight. The guys were focused and they practiced with a lot of enthusiasm. This game means a lot to our team and it means a lot to Florida. Our guys are excited about the opportunity to play this game, especially considering the impact it will have on the division."

Richt announced the captains for the Florida game will be quarterback Aaron Murray, guard Chris Burnette, end Cornelius Washington and safety Connor Norman.

"Having a win over them last year and looking at the film and seeing that they have a lot of the same guys back and we have a lot of the same guys back helps us get a feel for how the game should go," Burnette said. "This game is exciting. I love going against the best competition, and that's what we have this Saturday, the best competition."

Monday's injury report included: end Abry Jones (left ankle injury, out of practice) and receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (left hamstring strain, limited).

The win over Kentucky last Saturday made the Bulldogs bowl eligible for the 12th straight year under Richt.

In other news on Monday:

• CBS exercised its six-day option for conference games scheduled for Nov. 3, meaning the kickoff time for the Georgia-Ole Miss game will not be determined until Sunday. However, kickoff will be noon on either ESPN or ESPN2 or 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

• Quarterback Aaron Murray was chosen the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Kentucky. Murray completed a career-best 30 passes on 38 attempts, setting the school completion mark of 78.95 percent. He finished with a career-high 427 yards, fourth-best in school history, and four touchdowns. He took over the school record in career touchdown passes with 75, which is ninth all-time in SEC history.

• Murray also was named one of The Manning Award's "Stars of the Week." Fans may vote through Thursday at noon, with the top vote-getter being chosen as the Manning Award Player of the Week. To vote, go to: tinyurl.com/9m369t7.

• Murray was picked as one of the semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, while linebacker Jarvis Jones was selected as a semfinalist for the Butkus Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top linebacker.


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