Sick Dawgs Have Odd Practice

JACKSONVILLE – Georgia held its oddest practice session of the year Sunday morning – in a hotel ballroom.

"We cleared out things in the hotel," Coach Mark Richt said. "We had a walk through for the defense while the offense met, then we had a special teams walk through followed by one for the offense while the defense met."

He added that, while strange, this practice format wasn't a first for the Bulldogs.

"We've done practices in a hotel before," Richt said.

Georgia was scheduled to practice at Jacksonville University today, but two straight days of rain in the area had altered practice plans for both the participants in the Gator Bowl. The Cornhuskers and Bulldogs both tried to locate an indoor practice spaces, but it was not available.

"We called the Jags, but we knew they didn't have anything," Richt said – noting that the Bulldogs have scheduled practice like the week after a bye week during the season."

"Today was like a (normal) Thursday for us – tomorrow is the same. It is like a dress rehearsal. I think we will be good. Sometimes (not practicing) can a blessing – I mean we were pushing them pretty hard," he said.

Georgia had practiced two straight days in full pads on Friday and Saturday.


Several of Georgia's offensive players were not feeling well on Sunday, Richt said. Hutson Mason, Todd Gurley, David Andrews and others were feeling under the weather the coach said

"We didn't have any depth at the walk through today," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "I think we had four guys – fullbacks and running backs – at the walk through today."

"Ron (Courson) hopes is just a 24-hour thing," Richt said. "It has hit the offense, mostly lineman. I know David Andrews and Todd Gurley are not feeling great and Hutson (Mason) had it a few days ago. They were able to practice through it, and they would've played through it too."


The Bulldogs will hold another "Thursday"-style practice on Monday… Richt will participate in the Gator Bowl press conference on Tuesday with Nebraska coach Bo Pellini… Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he wasn't sure if freshman running back J.J. Green would move to a hybrid running back-receiver spot in the spring – saying that Green is still a running back… Bobo also said that it was too early to say definitively, that "the plan" is for injured running back Keith Marshall to play in the fall of 2014, but that he "might redshirt" in the fall. "It looks like he is walking better," Bobo said.

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