Aug. 11, 2012
ATHENS --- The Georgia football team participated in its 11th preseason practice on Saturday morning with a kicking scrimmage at Sanford Stadium as the Bulldogs get set for the start of school on Monday.
After the practice, the Bulldogs held their annual watermelon cutting. Traditionally, the watermelon cutting has marked the end of two-a-day practices. This year, it came after Georgia's last day of practice before the start of classes on Monday.
Bulldog head coach Mark Richt said watermelon day means that the first game of the season is fast approaching.
"It means camp is about over, usually it's our last practice but this is the second to the last practice," said Richt, whose team has an afternoon practice as well on Saturday. "When the watermelon breaks out, we know it's close to the end of camp and schools around the corner. I like it and I think the guys like it. The Coggins family has been doing this for us ever since I've been here and I think many years prior. It's just more evidence that the Bulldog nation is alive and well and people care very much about our boys. We thank them very much for everything they do for us."
Junior cornerback Blake Sailors agrees that there is nothing like watermelon day for the Bulldogs.
"It's just a little fun to do after we got through a hard scrimmage," said Sailors. "We know we can come out here and have all the watermelon we can get. I mean there are 12 full watermelons in the back of the truck, tables full of big slices, everybody's thirsty and hungry and then you get a big old juicy piece of watermelon so nothing is better than that."
After a couple hours of grinding in the hot, humid conditions, junior outside linebacker Reuben Faloughi said the watermelons were a welcomed sight.
"This is beautiful after the very long, hot, tough camp," Faloughi said. "This is very rewarding and we look forward to it to help us bond and come together and just enjoy the fun times."
The Bulldogs are scheduled to return for a second practice session, No. 12 on the preseason schedule, late in the afternoon at the Woodruff practice fields on Saturday afternoon.
Sixth-ranked Georgia will play host to Buffalo in the season opener Sept. 1 at 12:21 p.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
The annual Fans Picture Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. between Gates 2 and 4. Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.
Tickets to the home football games against Buffalo and Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15) are on sale to the general public and can be purchased online at http://gado.gs/4a or by calling the UGA Athletic Association ticket office at 1-877-542-1231.