ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia football team worked out for just under two and a half hours Tuesday afternoon in helmets, jerseys and shorts/sweat pants at the Woodruff Practice Fields, completing the second day of spring practice.
After a frigid start to spring practice on Monday, temperatures were slightly warmer Tuesday. Head coach Mark Richt noted the higher temperature was nice, but more importantly he liked the team's tempo on the second day. However, he said the staff's evaluations will be more accurate when the team dons more gear later in the week.
"Certain things, you just can't tell in shorts," Richt said. "We don't want to be optimistic too soon, but they were really running around with good effort on both sides of the ball. The tempo is really good."
Richt also agreed that the players are more in tune with the coaching staff in the second spring practice season of his Georgia career.
"It has a lot to do with being familiar with us, in what we expect as coaches" Richt said. "They know how to run our drills."
Richt said the practices will start involving more contact at the team's next session on Thursday. The team will not practice Wednesday.
"Thursday, we'll put shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) on and allow contact," Richt said. "There won't be any tackling, but we'll have collisions, what we call thud. We'll have a better feel for what's going on out there."
The team is scheduled to work in full pads at Saturday's practice.