August 19, 2010

Bulldogs get a break from the heat

An afternoon rain Thursday cooled off practice for Georgia, which for the first time this year broke into scout team work.

"We've probably broken into scout team work a little sooner than normal. This camp seems a little longer than normal and I think we're ready to start focusing on someone besides ourselves," Richt said after practice. "I know the coaches are appreciating it. We're still doing some fastball stuff against each other offensively and defensively just to keep the game-type tempo, but that's kind of where we're at."

Although Richt didn't have a list of scout team players in front of him, he did say that some of the freshmen were caught off guard by being placed on the scout team quite so soon.

"I'm not sure if who's on the scout team will be on the scout team the rest of the year. It's always a tough day for some guys to be on the scout team right off the bat but it's a very important position for us," Richt said. "We've got to have those guys do a good job working for us and we appreciate the work those guys do. It seems like we've got more guys on the scout team than we've ever had because we've had less guys injured than we've ever had."

At least the conditions were bearable.

After a hot start, a brief shower cooled off Thursday's full-pad workout which lasted for two hours. Richt was pleased with what he saw.

"We had a good practice today. I think the weather helped. During our stretching it was extremely hot, very humid and it looked like it was going to be a very rough day for them until the clouds came out for a while, cooled it off and then the rain came for a while," Richt said. "It was nothing severe, just a little rain and we got to practice in the cool for the rest of the afternoon."

Injured Dawgs still on the mend

Richt gave an update on the status of his walking-wounded and from every appearance the Bulldogs could well be full strength for their Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

According to Richt linebacker Michael Gilliard (hamstring) "is close" to returning while fellow linebacker Akeem Dent could possibly begin practicing next week.

Richt also expects center Ben Jones (knee) and guard Cordy Glenn (mono) to return to practice at the start of Game Week, if not before.

Wide receiver Logan Gray and linebacker Richard Samuel will be out at least another week.

"Logan's in the same boat, 7-10 days, probably," Richt said. "At least it's not a high-ankle sprain, which was good, but it did swell up. All those guys getting hurt is a shame, but Logan has been practicing so well and then he winds up spraining his ankle right there at the end of practice (Tuesday)."

This and that

Although Richt could not rule out any freshmen this fall, he did say he expects cornerback Derek Owens and both Alec and Alexander Ogletree to see playing time this fall. … Richt said that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will again coach from the field. … Asked what he thought about being on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 for his Ramsey Center dive, Richt said tongue in cheek, "You don't really want to be 10th, but at least I made it. Our own diving coach told me he'd give me about a 6.5 in a meet." … The annual Fans' Picture Day is scheduled for this Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot "Russ" will be available for photos from 1-3 p.m., while the 2010 Bulldogs will be at the stadium from 3-5 p.m. … Georgia, ranked No. 21 in the preseason edition of the USA Today coaches poll, will begin the 2010 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff for the opener against the Ragin' Cajuns is set for 12:21 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network nationwide.

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