Tuesday, August 3, 2010

First Day Of Fall Camp

The Dawgs worked out in jerseys, shorts and helmets for approximately two hours today to cap a busy first day, the first of 29 sessions before the season opener.

Earlier in the day, several Dawgs along with head coach Mark Richt participated in a media session at Sanford Stadium.  After Monday’s workout, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was asked to review how the Dawgs looked.

“There was a little rust from spring practice, but I was pleased with how they responded and with their attention and grasp of everything,” said Grantham. “It’s a start, and we’ll keep moving forward. Basically, we’re installing, then we have a walk-through, an individual period, a group period, a team session and review it all on video, so there’s six times to learn everything. There’s no excuse not to get it. They are learning the system and know what we want to accomplish.”

At the media luncheon before practice, Richt said the first few practices each year are about learning what to do, and that is evident among the quarterbacks.

“The quarterback room has got to be the youngest room maybe in the history of college football,” said Richt. “You got a redshirt freshman, a true freshman on scholarship and then two walk-ons, and that is all that is in that quarterback room right now so it’s scary in there. But the good news is Aaron (Murray) is really doing a very good job, and he knows the deal extremely well. I was in the meeting today, I thought all the young QB’s were pretty sharp and learning really quick.”

As part of the NCAA’s five-day “acclimatization period,” the Dawgs will be in shorts and helmets again on Tuesday and will add shoulder pads on Wednesday. The first session in full pads is slated for Saturday, Aug. 7.

Classes resume on Monday, Aug. 16. The annual Fans’ Picture Day will be Aug. 21 in Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot “Russ” will be available for photos that day from 1-3 p.m. while the 2010 Dawgs will be at the stadium from 3-5 p.m.

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