Monday, October 31, 2011

Dawgs Prep For Aggies


The Dawgs began preparations on Monday for Saturday’s game in Athens against New Mexico State. Kick off at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by CSS.

The Dawgs last played in Sanford Stadium on October 1st when they knocked off Mississippi State. Since then, they have played at Tennessee and Vanderbilt and in Jacksonville against Florida plus had an open date.

"It was a great night and a great victory in Jacksonville," coach Mark Richt said. "To get that one the way we did was special. It was a lot of fun to see our fans celebrate and to see our players and coaches celebrate. It was a great night all the way around."

"It will definitely be nice to get back home, and I'm sure our fans are going to be waiting and will blow the top off," defensive back Jordan Love said. "We're anxious to defend our home turf again. We've been doing all the little things right, and that's really helping us. We're also catching some breaks, and that's a tribute to all our hard work."

The Dawgs are 6-2 overall, including 5-1 in conference play. Georgia is now ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll and 20th in the USA Today coaches poll. New Mexico State, which plays in WAC, is 3-5 and has lost two straight.

"We're handling this game like any other game," Love said. "New Mexico State has talented players, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them. In college football, anybody can beat anybody. We've got to come out ready to play on Saturday."

Richt said the captains for the New Mexico State game will be center Ben Jones, linebacker Jarvis Jones, end DeAngelo Tyson and running back Richard Samuel.

Saturday's game will be Georgia's Homecoming contest. Since 1922, Georgia is 70-17-2 in Homecoming games, including four straight victories.

In other news on Monday:

• CBS has elected to use a six-day selection for games of November 12th, including Georgia's contest against Auburn in Athens. The other games being held are Alabama at Mississippi State, Tennessee at Arkansas and Florida at South Carolina. The television windows for these games are noon on CBS, 3:30 p.m. on CBS, 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.

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