Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dawgs Move Practice To Turf Field

FOOTBALL

The Dawgs (1-2, 0-1 SEC) moved their practice from natural grass to FieldTurf on Tuesday, a two-and-a-half-hour session in full pads. Georgia will face Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC) on the same artificial surface at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this Saturday.

The Dawgs have practiced almost exclusively on their two natural grass practice fields this fall since the expansion of the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall complex.

"We practiced on the FieldTurf because we're playing on FieldTurf this week," coach Mark Richt said. "We're excited about the challenge of facing our first SEC opponent on the road this season."

Just prior to the press conference, it was announced that senior tight end Aron White has been selected as one of 11 players nationwide named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. For 20 years the award, which is administered by the American Football Coaches Association, has recognized a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities. Georgia leads the nation in Good Works team honorees. White is the Dawgs' 13th selection since the award's inception in 1992 and the seventh in Richt's 11 seasons in Athens.

"We're all very proud of Aron and his accomplishments as a football player, student and citizen," Richt said. "Aron is a great representative of our program, and this honor is well deserved. He joins a great list of former Dawgs who have earned this recognition. I think it speaks volumes about the quality of our players that the University of Georgia leads the nation in the number of Good Works Team members."

Saturday’s game with the Rebels is slated for a 12:21 p.m. ET kickoff, with
the game televised nationally on the SEC Network.

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