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McClendon Brings Different Rhythm to Practice

ATHENS - Defensive end Josh Dawson’s head was swaying as he went through a line drill under coach Tracy Rocker early in Thursday’s Georgia bowl practice.

He was staying in rhythm to music blaring from Future.

McClendon, Georgia's interim head coach, has the Bulldogs practicing to a soundtrack that includes rap and hip-hop during preparations for the TaxSlayer Bowl. In the first two days it has also included the likes of Kevin Gates and Eminem.

“I love that,” running back Keith Marshall said. “It makes it a lot more fun actually. We were out there dancing around today. It makes it a lot more fun and brings more energy.”

Players say the music is turned on early in practice during individual work which tight end Jeb Blazevich said can be “repetitive….It’s just nice to have a little background noise.”

Kublanow said “it’s good to have some music out there to get you going, especially in the bowl game. It’s such a long season. It’s good to get guys motivated a little bit.”

The offensive linemen have been known to like some country music.

“I need to lobby to get some Chris Stapleton out there,” Blazevich said. “Liven it up, get a little diversity in the music.”

Kublanow said “half of us are dancing and half of us are wishing for something else.”

“Coach Rock put an end to it a little bit today,” Blazevich said. “I think he had enough of it.”

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