Fall Practice Notes - August 14

ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia football team bounced back with better practices on Tuesday, according to Coach <b>Mark Richt</b>, as the Bulldogs moved closer to the end of two-a-days.

Richt described Monday's morning session as "a feel sorry for themselves day," although he did note that the focus and intensity picked up for the evening practice. On Tuesday, Richt said he was much more pleased with the way the two-hour sessions went. "It was a lot better today," Richt said. "It felt like it was twice as hot out there and the team really practiced twice as well. The energy came back after the Monday morning blues. I saw good effort and enthusiasm, and we got in a lot of good work. The team really responded well."

The Bulldogs will wrap up two-a-days on Wednesday. With UGA classes beginning on Thursday, the Bulldogs will head into their normal once-a-day practice routine. Richt usually spends most of his time at practice working with the quarterbacks, but on Tuesday morning he said he took in more of the sessions at other positions "to see the big picture." By doing so, he left the signal-callers under the watchful eye of former Bulldog and current quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo.

"Coach Bobo has done a great job," Richt said. "He definitely could coach the quarterbacks all by himself. He's very capable. He has learned this system quickly. He's a sharp guy. I still enjoy coaching the quarterbacks, but when I step away like that, I feel comfortable that he's telling them the right things."

Fans Picture Day will be held Saturday at the Classic Center in Athens from 2-4 p.m. Coaches, players and live mascot Uga VI will be on hand for photos and autographs as will representatives of other sports. Among the items that will be available for fans to purchase at Picture Day are 2001 football media guides and The Georgia Bulldog Magazine.

"We felt the Classic Center would be an ideal location this year for several reasons," Richt said. "Being indoors will provide both the fans and the players relief from the heat, there is plenty of space in which to hold the event, and there will be ample parking available."

The Bulldogs will open the season Sept. 1 at home against Arkansas State. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

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