Bulldogs Start Preparing For South Carolina

Oct. 1, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia football team began preparations for its game at South Carolina with a 60-minute workout -- the last part of which took place in a steady rain -- on the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday.

The No. 5 Bulldogs are off to a 5-0 start, including a 3-0 mark in the SEC. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will visit sixth-ranked South Carolina (5-0, 3-0). The game will be televised by ESPN at 7 p.m. ESPN GameDay also will host its weekly show from the South Carolina campus.

"It's a huge game," linebacker Christian Robinson said. "It's College GameDay, everyone will be there and the nation is going to be watching. We need to be sharp in everything that we do. This is the biggest one we've had. ... We've established ourselves as a team, so we know where our strengths are and we know what we need to work on. We also know where they're at. Instead of playing them early and you don't know what they're doing, we've seen plenty of tape on them and it will make easier to make the adjustments we need to make for Saturday."

"We all know what's at stake," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "This is an important game for both teams. We need to be sharp as we go through this week of practice. I thought we got the week off on the right foot tonight. Even with the rain, the guys were focused on preparing and trying to get better."

Richt announced the captains for Saturday's game will be quarterback Aaron Murray and tackle Kenarious Gates on offense, cornerback Sanders Commings on defense and Robinson on special teams.

In other news Monday, tailbacks Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley were two of the three players named Tri-Freshmen of the Week and Commings was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Southeastern Conference. In the win over Tennessee, Marshall had a career-high 164 yards and two touchdowns, while Gurley matched his career high with 130 yards and he scored three times. Commings had five tackles, including four solos, and intercepted two passes. His final pick came with seven seconds remaining in the game to seal the Bulldogs' victory.

Monday's injury report was one of the shortest of the season. The only two players on it were running back Brandon Harton (thumb) and tight end Cole Trolinger (concussion), both of whom were out.

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