Full-Pads Practice Helps Bulldogs Prepare For Tennessee
Connor Norman also served as a captain against Tennessee last season.


Connor Norman also served as a captain against Tennessee last season.
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Oct. 1, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 6-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) practiced in full pads for just over two hours on Tuesday afternoon in Athens in preparation for this Saturday's SEC date with Tennessee (3-2, 0-1 SEC) at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

Following the session, John Lilly, who coaches the Bulldogs' punt coverage team in addition to his duties with tight ends, talked about Connor Norman, this week's special teams captain. Norman, a Duluth, Ga., native who played at Peachtree Ridge High School, has started two games at safety this season and has recorded 14 tackles. Last Saturday against LSU, he recovered a fumbled punt that set up a touchdown.

"I think Connor is a guy who is kind of the essence of college football at its core and what it's all about," Lilly said. "He walked on here and has really taken advantage of every opportunity he's been given both defensively and in the kicking game. You look at his whole body of work and he's made some big plays for us. Obviously, he made a huge one with the recovery of the muffed punt the other day that set us up to take the lead late in the third quarter."

Head coach Mark Richt met with the media on Tuesday afternoon where he discussed the matchup with the Volunteers.

“Going to Knoxville is never easy," Richt said. "Coaching in this league for 13 years now, I’ve been there a few times and have probably run every gamut of emotion from elation to getting your tail kicked. We know it’s going to be a great atmosphere and there will be over 100,000 people screaming for the Vols. We know we have our work cut out not only to handle the noise and handle the communication aspect of it and the emotional aspect of it, but also we are playing a good football team. Coach (Butch) Jones has them going.”

Saturday's game be broadcast nationally by CBS, with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m.

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