Dawg Post Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia practiced in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts for just over two hours on Tuesday as they continue to prepare for their Southeastern Conference opener at No. 24 South Carolina this Saturday.

"I thought we got a little better today," head coach Mark Richt said. "We treated today like it was Wednesday. We're one day ahead of schedule because of the open date last weekend. It was nice and warm and I think it helped us get better."

The Bulldogs will conduct their traditional "Thursday" practice routine on both Wednesday and Thursday this week to provide extra preparation.

During Georgia's game week press conference earlier in the day Richt and selected players discussed the South Carolina game at length.

"Columbia – We’ve really struggled there over the last couple of years," Richt said. "Of course, two years ago we got beat down pretty bad. Their crowd was in it, their players made plays, they took a 21-nothing lead in the first quarter and never really looked back. We slowed down the bleeding a little bit but never really could get back in that game, so we definitely need to do better than we did that time. Of course, the time before that we lost as well. So it’s been tough for Georgia in that stadium as of late. And we really haven’t scored a lot of points. I guess there was nine games in a row, and we have not scored more than 20 points in that stadium. So it’s been rough going there offensively."

Also on Tuesday, Richt announced the captains for this week's game – center David Andrews, linebacker Amarlo Herrera, tailback Todd Gurley and defensive lineman Mike Thornton. Following Tuesday's workout, assistant coach Mike Ekeler talked about the qualities that helped Herrera earn captain status.

"Ever since we broke camp, the guy has taken every rep, he's busted his tail, he's gotten better every single day and he's totally bought into that Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt has put out here," Ekeler said. "He's leading the right way, and I'm extremely proud of him to this point. He knows he hasn't even scratched the tip of the iceberg, but he's knows he's going to get there."

Kickoff between the Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 SEC) and the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) has been set for 3:39 p.m. on Saturday, and the game will be broadcast nationally on CBS.

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