Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Morning Practice Report


With few clouds dotting the sky and temperatures rising, Georgia’s football team practiced for just over two hours on the newly planted grass fields at the Woodruff Practice Fields on Tuesday morning.

The morning session marked the sixth practice of the preseason. Following lunch, a break from football activities and then meetings, the team will return for a Tuesday evening session at Sanford Stadium.

“I thought we did a pretty good job today,” said coach Mark Richt. “We had a good tempo and the guys handled the first of two practices today well. Everyone will be doing something constructive in our second session today as we work on our fundamentals and kicking team.”

The Dawgs practiced in shorts in shoulder pads as they ready for a scrimmage on Wednesday. Junior nose guard Jonathan Jenkins had one of the highlights during drills in the morning after intercepting a pass and returning it for a score.

“Jenkins tipped it to himself and then the big boy just rumbled down the field,” senior tight end Aron White said. “It was only about 12 yards, but a touchdown for a guy that size is still impressive. He kind of reminded me of that guy for the Packers B.J. Raji running for that touchdown.”

In addition to Georgia’s high hopes for its defense and offense, the Dawgs are also banking on their special teams units. Punter Drew Butler and place kicker Blair Walsh, who are both seniors and preseason All-Americans, join return specialist Brandon Boykin and snapper Ty Frix as four proven members of Georgia’s special teams.

“There are high expectations for us and we have high expectations for ourselves,” said Walsh. “We all put in hard work this summer and preseason and hope it pays off. Drew and I had a goal after our freshman seasons that we wanted to be the No. 1 special teams unit on this team and in the country and I think we are approaching that goal.”

The Dawgs are scheduled to have their first scrimmage at the stadium on Wednesday morning.

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