Georgia ‘Requested’ Early Kick Time

ATHENS - Georgia’s game Saturday at Missouri has an 11 a.m. kickoff local time (noon ET).

And that’s the way Georgia preferred it.

Coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that athletic director Greg McGarity expressed to the Southeastern Conference a desire not to play in one of the other possible windows—6 p.m., 7:30 or 9 p.m. ET—because of another road trip the following week against Arkansas in Little Rock.

“He requested it,” Richt said. “We don’t think we can control anything, but we can at least put a bug in somebody’s ear and hope for the best. Everybody’s got decisions they have to make for a lot of different reasons.”

The early kickoff is fine for two Georgia offensive starters.

“I’ve never played an 11 a.m. game since Pee-Wee football,” quarterback Hutson Mason said. “Hopefully the coaches are going to plan on getting us a little earlier to Missouri to get some rest, which will be key.”

Said center David Andrews:  I’m personally glad it’s an early game. I enjoy early games. I’m a morning person so it’s easy for me to get going.

Richt is happy that the game will start as early as it does considering it could have been a night game.

“The 9 p.m. game would have gotten us in about 6, 7 a.m., a 6 p.m. kickoff would have gotten us in about 3 or 4 in the morning,” Richt said. “Knowing you've got another game the next week, it would have been tough.  So we were hoping for an earlier time than one of those two, especially the 9 o'clock.

Now, Richt said, “We’ll get home in time to get a normal night’s sleep and that’s the biggest thing.”

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