Despite a weather delay the Georgia Bulldogs practiced in shoulder pads and shorts as they continued to prepare for the Clemson Tigers.
Aug. 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- A clap of thunder and a single lightning bolt right as the No. 12-ranked Georgia Bulldogs were about to hit the practice field delayed the team's workout by about 30 minutes on Thursday. Georgia eventually began its 90-minute session in shoulder pads and shorts at approximately 5:00 p.m. under cooler than expected conditions.
The cloud cover lowered the temperatures from the mid-90s to the high-80s.
The Bulldogs continued to turn their focus toward the season opener in nine days against No. 16 Clemson, with a decent amount of scout team prep during the session.
"I definitely feel excited about practicing against the scout team because we finally get a taste of what playing Clemson is going to be like," linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "I know the scout team is out there giving 100-percent trying to get us ready for it. I'm just really excited about going against somebody like John Theus and other offensive linemen every day of the week. I'm ready to get out there and play Clemson."
Prior to practice, former Georgia tailback Tim Worley spoke to the team about personal responsibilities. Worley starred for the Bulldogs in the mid-80s, rushing for 1,216 yards as a junior in 1988 before bypassing his senior season for the NFL draft. He was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the seventh overall pick but saw his career cut short due to off-field issues with alcohol and drugs.
"I talked about character and `higher-ground habits,'" Worley said. "One of the things we're seeing all across the nation when it comes to athletes is they're slowly sabotaging their careers. When you look at my history, that's one of the things I did. I had the world in the palm of my hands and I sabotaged it. I have a hatred for that now."
Worley now runs a consulting firm with his wife, Dee, and serves as a motivational speaker with a strong focus on life skills.
The preseason coaches All-SEC teams were announced just after the conclusion of practice and eight Bulldogs were included. Tailback Todd Gurley, linebacker Ramik Wilson and placekicker Marshall Morgan all were first-team selections. Offensive tackle John Theus, receiver Malcolm Mitchell, Jenkins and cornerback Damian Swann were named to the second team, while tailback Keith Marshall was tabbed to the third team.
The Bulldogs and Tigers will face off a week from Saturday at Sanford Stadium at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.