Blake Sailors had a unique addition to his helmet during Friday's practice. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)
Dec. 21, 2012
ATHENS-----Fifth-ranked Georgia held its final bowl practice in Athens in what was deemed “Ragamuffin Friday” as players had the option of getting creative with their workout attire.
A handful of Bulldogs garnered attention for their accessories, most notably junior cornerback Blake Sailors for his coyote skin hat taped to his helmet, freshman running back Todd Gurley’s red riding hood cape and senior flanker Taylor Bradberry’s vintage electric blue-striped jumpsuit straight from the 1980s.
The Bulldogs did practice for 90 minutes in chilly, windy conditions as they get set to face No. 21 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. At 9:30 a.m. Friday, practice was halted for a few minutes as the team observed a moment of silence when the UGA Chapel Bell rang 26 times in memory of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims.
At the end of practice, Bulldog head coach Mark Richt made a few announcements and what has been tradition over the years, a member of the team volunteered to sing a tune in hopes it would be good enough to excuse the squad from its final conditioning run.
Junior defensive end Clint Kirk stepped up and belted a rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly,” an R. Kelly song that made its debut in 1996. Richt deferred the decision to director of strength and conditioning Joe Tereshinski who paused briefly and then said “Merry Christmas.” The Bulldogs roared mightily and then hustled inside as temperatures hovered around the 30s with winds up to 20 miles per hour throughout practice.
Georgia will take the next four days off for the holidays. Then, the team will reconvene in Orlando on Dec. 26 to resume workouts. Kickoff for the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando will be at 1:08 p.m. ET, and ABC will televise it.