Georgia Football Practices At Flowery Branch

Published: Dec. 19, 2016 at 10:28 PM EST
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The Bulldogs made the trip to Flowery Branch and practiced for two hours in the Atlanta Falcons indoor practice facility as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl approaches on December 30.

This marked the sixth of eight practices Georgia will have before taking a brief break for the Christmas holiday. The team and staff will reconvene in Memphis, Tenn., on Christmas night and then practice at Rhodes College leading up to the Bulldogs’ matchup with TCU.

On Monday, four freshmen chatted with the media following practice for the first time since the regular season started. Quarterback Jacob Eason, defensive lineman Julian Rochester, receiver Riley Ridley and tight end Isaac Nauta talked about their first 12 games as Bulldogs and what the last three or four months have been like for them.

“My transition to playing for this team has come with a little learning here, a little talking there,” said Eason, who has started the last 11 games for Georgia and has 2,266 yards passing and 14 touchdowns with a 55 percent completion rate. “Greyson Lambert has been huge for me. Since he has been a quarterback in the SEC and was the starter last year, he has been a tremendous help and always willing to explain things. One of the biggest things he has done for me is teach me all of the little things that go into being a quarterback at this level.”

Rochester, who has 34 stops and two sacks this season, is part of a youthful Bulldog front that is promising for the future.

“When you go off to play in college, you always dream about getting the opportunity and making plays and then when it happens, you are still surprised,” Rochester said. “I have learned that when that opportunity comes, you have to snatch it and try and make the best of it. Guys like John Atkins and DaQuan (Hawkins-Muckle) have made sure I am picking everything up. I think I got humbled in the spring when I realized I had to get in better shape if I wanted to play and so I tried to attack the weights in the summer.”

Georgia looks to collect its eighth win of 2016 with a bowl victory over the Horned Frogs. Tickets for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 30th are on sale now to the general public. Kick-off is scheduled for Noon ET on ESPN.

Sideline ($85) and Chairback ($95) tickets and can be ordered online now or by calling the Athletic Association ticket office 1-877-542-1231 between 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. Monday-Friday. All orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.

Members of The Georgia Bulldog Club will receive the number of tickets to the bowl they requested during the pre-order process with Hartman Fund contributors receiving priority on ticket assignment based on their cumulative score. Members of The Georgia Bulldog Club who have not yet placed an order to AutoZone Liberty may order tickets at this time, however they will not be assigned based on priority but in the order, which they are received. Hartman Fund contributors, who have already submitted a request, are allowed to order additional tickets if needed as there will not be any limits on the number of tickets one can order to the AutoZone Liberty.

Hartman Fund contributors requesting AutoZone Liberty tickets will receive bonus points applied to their lifetime score at a rate equal to the purchase price of the tickets for the AutoZone Liberty excluding processing fee. For example, request four (4) tickets at $95 and receive 380 points (actual prices and bonus point totals may vary based on the tickets assigned). Bonus points will apply to the cumulative priority only and not toward annual donation requirements. Bonus points will be applied to participating donor accounts by January 31, 2017.