Fall Practice Notes - August 11

ATHENS, Ga. ------- The University of Georgia football team continued its preseason preparations on Saturday as it went through a pair of workouts at Sanford Stadium.

The morning practice, which lasted a little under two hours, consisted of special-teams work as the squad worked on kickoffs, punts, kickoff and punt returns and field goals.

The afternoon practice featured the team's first scrimmage of the season. According to Georgia coach Mark Richt, the first and second units on both sides of the ball got in around 40 plays each. Georgia quarterbacks Cory Phillips, David Greene, Matt Redding and D.J. Shockley all took a substantial number of snaps.

"Every one got in the scrimmage and it was a very spirited workout," said Richt.

"The No. 1 units on both sides of the ball did well." Richt said that both Phillips and Greene did some good things when they were playing.

"On the first drive Cory took the team down the field and did well," said Richt.

"Greene got in later with the first unit and moved them into field goal range, which was the purpose of the drive. No one was really unbelievable, but they played well overall." Richt also said he was pleased with the play of running backs Musa Smith and Kenny Bailey. Senior running back Jasper Sanks sat out the scrimmage due to a sprained foot.

"Musa was very impressive," said Richt. "He did not carry it that many times but when he did he was impressive. Kenny Bailey has also progressed a lot since spring."

Another positive Richt cited was the few number of penalty flags thrown, which he said is not usually the case during preseason workouts. Richt also said that at first glance there were very few missed assignments, which is also something that is uncommon after less than one week of practice.

The Bulldogs will be off tomorrow before resuming two-a-day workouts on Monday. According to Richt, after next week's scrimmage the coaching staff will start to make decisions about positions as they start to work on the gameplan for the team's first game against Arkansas State on Sept. 1. "Sometime after the second scrimmage is when we will start working on our opponent and when we decide which players need to get more reps," said Richt.

Kickoff for the Arkansas State game will be at 1 p.m. ET at Sanford Stadium.


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