Vanderbilt Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia practiced for more than two hours in full pads on Tuesday afternoon.

The last 30 minutes or so with the lights turned on over the Woodruff Practice Fields. The Bulldogs, who are preparing for Saturday's SEC road date at Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3 SEC) in Nashville, Tenn., wrapped up the workout around 6:30 p.m.

On Monday, head coach Mark Richt announced captains for Saturday's game, including senior defensive lineman Garrison Smith. Smith will be serving in that role for the sixth time in seven games this season.

"The thing I'm most pleased about with Garrison is that he's really embraced the role of being a leader in our room," said Chris Wilson, the Bulldogs' first-year defensive line coach. "We've got a young group of guys that we're playing with. The biggest thing he's provided our guys is a great mentor – how to prepare, how to work, the type of investment that you have to put in week to week. Without blowing his head up too much, that's what I see the most from him. I'm excited about what Garrison has brought to the table and even more excited about what I know he's capable of doing in the second half of the season."

Richt met with the media during the Bulldogs' weekly press luncheon earlier on Tuesday and discussed the challenges Vanderbilt presents.

"We are going to Vanderbilt coming off a loss and one that stung, but we know in our league you have to shake it off and get ready to go again, because no one is going to feel sorry for you," he said. "So that's what we've been doing. Vanderbilt is a very good team. Coach (James) Franklin has done a superb job with that program. Of course the last time we were there it was a very heated game and a very close game. Thankfully we came out of there with the victory.

"They are an outstanding football team," Richt added. "Playing there is always tough. Historically for whatever reason it has been a really tough venue for us to go in and not have a battle royale to the very end. The fact that that's all we've had this year I assume we are going to have another one like that. So Georgia fans, get ready. It's going to be a tough game."

Saturday's game will kick off just after noon ET and will be broadcast nationally by CBS.

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