Dec. 19, 2013
ATHENS-----The Georgia football team held an hour-long practice in shoulder pads Thursday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against Nebraska.
The Bulldogs also had a visitor on Thursday from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Joseph Liguori of Acworth, Ga., was dressed in practice gear and participated in several drills. He concluded practice by scoring on the final play of the day.
Following practice, Georgia players divided into eight teams and competed in a round robin kickball tournament.
The Bulldogs will practice again Friday and Saturday in Athens before they disperse for Christmas. Player and coaches will reconvene in Jacksonville on Dec. 26 leading up to the Jan. 1 contest against the Cornhuskers.
"We got our kicking in and our scout team work in, and instead of doing all of our competitive 11-on-11 and team run, we decided to compete in kickball," said head coach Mark Richt. "The coaches were undefeated, as were the receivers. We don't really know who the true champion was, except for Big Joseph from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He actually had the winning score today, which ended practice early."
The Bulldogs will be making their 17th consecutive bowl appearance, and Georgia ranks as one of the top-five bowl teams of all-time in wins and appearances. UGA is 27-18-3 all-time in bowl games.
This will be the second straight postseason meeting between Georgia and Nebraska and third overall, with the Huskers claiming a win in the 1969 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Bulldogs earned a 45-31 victory in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando last season.
It was also announced on Thursday that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been named the 247Sports Offensive Coordinator Of the Year. The Bulldogs currently average 38.2 points per game and 489.8 yards per game, which would be team records. Georgia has already set a school record with 302 first downs.
Kickoff for the game between the Bulldogs (8-4) and the Huskers (8-4) is slated for 12 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN2.