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Dec. 17, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Inclement weather pushed the Georgia football team indoors on Monday as preparations continued for the New Year's Day Capital One Bowl game against Nebraska.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs utilized the Nalley Multipurpose Room at the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall for Monday's session. The offense did a walkthrough while the defense had meetings and watched film for the first hour, then the segments switched places for the second hour.
According to running backs coach Bryan McClendon, the Bulldogs zeroed in the 21st-ranked Cornhuskers during the walkthrough, which came on their fifth practice of bowl preparations.
"We really were able to sink our teeth into the game plan," McClendon said. "We started repping what we plan to do versus Nebraska, seeing the looks we expect to get versus Nebraska, things like that. We probably did more today toward the game plan than we've done the rest of bowl practice. ... I think we've had a real good beginning to bowl practice. Now, as coaches say, we're only as good as the next one, so we're expecting another good one Tuesday. The effort has been there, the guys have been sharp, we've practiced hard and we've stayed free of injuries. Hopefully we can keep that up."
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said his unit went through a similar scenario.
"The first four days, we did an evaluation of our players," Grantham said. "On Saturday, we did kind of a first- and second-down intro to Nebraska. Today was more of a clean-up of that. Tomorrow, we'll do short yardage and third down. Then we'll do red zone and first and second down again. The following day, we'll put it all together. That way, you've executed the game plan and when you get to the bowl site you're fine tuning and reviewing to make sure everybody's on the same page. I thought today we got in two hours of quality work with the film and the walkthrough."
The Bulldogs will have four more practices in Athens, then will break for Christmas before reconvening in Orlando on Dec. 26 to resume workouts.
The Capital One Bowl will be played Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.