Aug 27, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs practiced in shoulder pads and shorts for approximately two hours on Tuesday afternoon, continuing to focus on preparations for Saturday's season opener at eighth-ranked Clemson.
The Bulldogs' assistant coaches met with the media following the workout, including offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
Bobo said that while he's excited to return 10 of 11 starters from last season, he knows Clemson will provide an extremely stern test for his unit.
"Hopefully, we have a lot of experience to draw from," Bobo said. "Guys can draw on that experience to help handle adversity and handle that environment. It's going to be a hostile environment. At the same time, it's still the first game. There are going to be bugs we're going to have to work out. There are going to be some things that don't go our way...but we've got to be able to handle that adversity.
"We can't let one bad play dictate our whole game or our whole series or a whole half," Bobo continued. "We've got to keep playing. That's what I want to see: How we handle some adversity. There's going to be adversity in that game. There's going to be adversity in more than one spot. Hopefully, our experience will make us be able to handle that better."
Earlier on Tuesday, head coach Mark Richt met with members of the media during the Bulldogs' traditional game week press conference. Richt discussed the Clemson contest at length, including the matchup of two of the nation's premier quarterbacks in the Bulldogs' Aaron Murray and the Tigers' Tajh Boyd.
“If you like quarterback play, I imagine a lot of people will really enjoy this game," Richt said. "You’ve got two guys that are very accomplished and have played a bunch of games. They’ve won big games, and they’ve lost some big games, too. They have complete control of their offensive systems and have complete respect for their coaching staff, their team and their fan bases. It should be interesting, and if you’re looking for a subplot, that’s a pretty good one.”
Saturday's game, which is 2013's only season-opening top-10 matchup, will be broadcast nationally on ABC. Kickoff is slated for just after 8:00 p.m. ET.