Sept. 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) practiced in full pads for slightly more than two hours on Tuesday afternoon in Athens, the most physically demanding day in their preparations for this Saturday's game with Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) at Sanford Stadium.
After campus endured a sputtering rain throughout the day, the weather cleared shortly after the workout began and provided for nearly perfect conditions.
"We had plan A and plan B, and we didn't expect to get to plan B," head coach Mark Richt said. "Low and behold the skies opened up and it was beautiful day. The players can't quite understand why it can rain all day and then dry up during practice, but that's how it goes here in Athens, Ga."
Earlier Tuesday Richt and selected Bulldog players took part in the team's weekly media session. Richt talked about playing a third consecutive night game, once a rarity for Georgia.
"I do like playing under the lights," Richt said. "I don't like waiting for it to get dark, but it's nice. I think it's nice for our recruits because they easily have an opportunity to come, especially if kids need to come from some distance. I think there's more energy at night, and the weather's beautiful at night this time of year. From what I see, it's supposed to be another great weather day in that regard. But nothing has really changed for me. The night before the game, I travel with the team to the hotel and spend time with them. I come back a little bit earlier. Usually when the rest of the coaching staff comes in to work on offense and defense, I'm making my way back for some recruiting and that type of thing. But not much has changed. I know when you play at night, it normally means you're having a good season, so I'm glad we're playing at night."
Also on Tuesday, quarterback Aaron Murray was named as one of 11 FBS players on the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Murray is Georgia's nation-leading 14th honoree since the American Football Coaches Association began the award in 1992.
"Since the day he arrived on campus, Aaron has been an outstanding representative of our football program and Georgia," head coach Mark Richt said. "He has excelled on the field, in the classroom and in the community. This honor is well deserved."
Fans will now have the opportunity to vote for Murray as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works." Fans can learn more about this year's team members and their charitable accomplishments by viewing player profiles on the website. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Bulldogs' daily injury update included 10 players. Listed as limited were linebacker Jarvis Jones, defensive end Cornelius Washington and receiver Rantavious Wooten. The following players were listed as "limited, no contact": receiver Taylor Bradberry, offensive lineman Watts Dantzler, linebacker Josh Dawson, offensive lineman Dallas Lee and snapper Nathan Theus. Both offensive lineman Hunter Long and tight end Cole Trolinger were held out of practice altogether.
The Bulldogs and Commodores will kickoff at 7:50 on Saturday evening, with ESPN2 televising the matchup nationally.