Oct. 30, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Head coach Mark Richt left Tuesday's two-and-a-half-hour practice not impressed with his Georgia Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) and their preparations for this Saturday's matchup with Ole Miss (5-2, 2-2 SEC).
"I was looking for something better than what I saw," Richt said. "I'm not sure we won the right to win today. We'll see."
The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 6 in both the BCS and coaches polls this week and No. 7 by the Associated Press, practiced in full pads, under blustery conditions for a second consecutive day.
Richt discussed the Rebels, who have won consecutive SEC games, and the challenges Ole Miss presents during the Bulldogs' weekly press conference earlier in the day on Tuesday.
"They're really excited right now, and they're winning," Richt said. "They went 16 games in a row and didn't win a conference game, and then they came very close to beating Texas A&M. It was kind of a heartbreaking loss for them, but then they ended up winning the next two league games. They're just doing it in great fashion.
"Their offense is really high tempo and very productive," Richt added. "They've already scored more points, had more first downs, had more touchdowns, more passing yards and just about every stat that you could have. They've had more of that now in eight games than they had all of last season, so it's very impressive. On defense, they went with the youth movement. They're playing a lot of young players, but with that, there's a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They're flying around hitting people, and they're really gaining a lot of confidence in my opinion. I think their whole team is gaining a lot of confidence. They're 5-3, so they're one game away from a bowl, and they haven't played in a bowl since 2009 I think. Coach (Hugh Freeze) has got them believing."
There was one change to Tuesday's injury report from the Monday information. Center David Andrews, who will serve as a captain against the Rebels, returned to practice after missing the previous session due to a left knee contusion.
Saturday's game will kick off at 3:39 p.m. and will be televised nationally by CBS for the second straight week and third time this season. Previously, the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee in Athens and knocked off Florida in Jacksonville on CBS.