"I thought the guys got after it really good," Richt said. "It was a very physical, very intense practice. I was pleased with the physicality and the energy of the day. … The guys are competing and trying to get better. The first day of pads, if you're a football player, that gets a guy's blood up. The coaches, too. It was a good day for that."
Richt noted that the offense and the defense battled in 3-on-3 and team run competitions and the score was tied afterward. The offense then won the single-play tiebreaker, he said.
"It was a very heated, intense competition, which was great," Richt said. "It's a great drill because it teaches the players to face the issue."
Richt said he was impressed in the 3-on-3 drills when tailback J.J. Green "hit it up in there pretty good, got on top of the pile, rolled over, landed on his feet and scored a touchdown. It was an impressive run."
The Bulldogs will continue their workouts with two practices on Tuesday. Georgia is slated to have its first scrimmage on Wednesday.
Also on Monday it was announced that linebackers James Deloach and Davin Bellamy will undergo surgery to repair left thumb injuries. A full recovery is expected and each player should be available for the first game of the season. Said Richt, "It's hand-to-hand combat in there and digits can get pushed back and get damaged. We'll clean them up and club them up to protect them and they'll be participating again relatively soon."
The Bulldogs open their 2013 schedule on Aug. 31 when they travel to face eighth-ranked Clemson at 8 p.m. The contest, which is 2013's only season-opening top-10 matchup, will be broadcast nationally on ABC.