Day 8 practice report

ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs held a pair of scrimmages at Sanford Stadium Saturday with the morning session concentrating on special teams and the afternoon focusing on situational 11-on-11 work.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said the emphasis in the afternoon scrimmage was to run the football. He said all the tailbacks had some nice runs including sophomore Thomas Brown who got the scrimmage off to an electric start with an 80-yard touchdown run. Later in the scrimmage, sophomore cornerback Paul Oliver made a highlight play for the defense with a touchdown-saving interception that drew cheers from those in attendance.

"The conditions were very close to how it could be on the (Sept.) 3rd, it was very hot and humid at kickoff, but then it got cloudy and we got a bit of breeze, and you could tell a different energy level," said Richt.

The end of the scrimmage featured goal line situations which brings out the best of the players and coaches.

"It's high energy and comical at the end, everyone is having good, clean fun," said Richt. It's a mad celebration for one side depending on if the offense scores or the defense stops them. It's like a boxing match with everyone real close together watching to see which side wins."

The players and coaches were not the only ones watching closely Saturday as the afternoon scrimmage featured a crew of replay officials. The Southeastern Conference will implement the use of video replay this season, and they had their own scrimmage of sorts. Richt said he knew of a couple of plays that they reviewed, and the calls on the field were correct.

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