Dawg Post Monday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia continued preparations for its first SEC and road game of the year with a practice in full pads on Monday.

The Bulldogs, who are 1-0 after dispatching Clemson on Aug. 30, will travel to No. 24 South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS.

Because the Bulldogs are coming off an open date, they treated Monday like a Tuesday practice, meaning they wore full pads and tacked on an extra hour.

"It was a nice crisp practice," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "It was the kind of practice we needed to start the week. The guys really worked hard today. Our scout teams got after it today and they helped us get better. I am hoping they'll keep working hard like that, giving us the looks that we need. The weather helped us out today as well. It was about 80 and that's what they're saying it could be on game day, so it was a chance to get used to it and to work hard in it."

End Josh Dawson, who had three tackles in the win over the Tigers, said the Bulldogs are expecting another big test against South Carolina.

"South Carolina's offensive line is a real strong point," Dawson said. "They do a great job of getting defenders out of the way and opening up holes. It's up to us to be disciplined and do what Coach (Tracy) Rocker is teaching us."

Dawson was asked if the Georgia defense has established its identity yet.

"We base our defense on effort," he said. "Whether it's practice or film or a walkthrough, we want to give 100 percent effort. Our coaches can teach us technique, but the effort has to come from us."

Georgia's next home game will be against Troy on Sept. 20 at noon.


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