Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Practice Report


The No. 19-ranked Dawgs conducted a brief practice in shoulder pads and shorts on Tuesday afternoon in Athens, with their primary goal being to prepare for Wednesday's scrimmage.

"We went really short today, an hour in shoulder pads and shorts," coach Mark Richt said. "About 90-95 percent of it was scout work. We wanted to give them a little bit of a break from the hitting and full-speed running and get the scout team ready for tomorrow's scrimmage and Boise State. It was a good day, short and sweet."

The Dawgs will face pseudo-Boise State at Sanford Stadium. "We're going to play half a football game," Richt said. "I want to get our game warm up ready and go into a coin toss. We may have some captains by then. We'll probably make sure Boise State kicks off and we'll play football. We're going to play full-speed and tackle to the ground. We'll tackle on kicking teams."

The intent of the scrimmage will be different than Georgia's previous two. "What happens some times in scrimmage you script certain situations...a drive starts from the 20-, 30- or 40-yard line...maybe have some 3rd and long or goal line or coming out from the 1-yard line," Richt said. "What I want to do in this one is put is all together and play a game to make sure we're ready to go from offense to punt team to defense...the transitions you have to have. I want to play it as it happens to make sure everybody has to respond quickly, coaches don't have a clipboard with what to do on it. That's as much for the coaches as the players.

While "Georgia" will be comprised of the No. 1 offense and defense, Richt said he will have a keen eye on the "Broncos."

"I really want those guys who are playing for Boise to try to win a position," Richt said. "A lot of times someone from the opposing team gets discovered in the game scrimmage. A guy may make a great special teams play or have 20 tackles and we're like 'We have to get this guy ready to play.'" After Richard Samuel and Isaiah Crowell, the Dawgs' top two tailbacks, missed last week's scrimmage due to injuries, Richt is hopeful at least Crowell will be able to go full speed.

"Isaiah is looking like he's ready," Richt said. "I don't know if Richard is ready. He did get some work in today, but I do not think Richard will go tomorrow."

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