Practice Notes: Mississippi State Thursday

ATHENS – The University of Georgia football team held an early evening practice at Sanford Stadium on Thursday as it went through its final preparations for its first road game of the season at Mississippi State on Saturday.

The Bulldogs worked with crowd noise for a good portion of practice as they tried to get acclimated with the loud atmosphere they will be encountering on Saturday night. Although the majority of players have had past experience playing in hostile environments, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said it is always somewhat of a surprise for those who have not encountered it before.

"It is different, there is nothing like it," Richt said of the environment on the road in the Southeastern Conference. "It will shake your body a little bit when you hear the fans booing or you make a bad play. Even in pre-game warm-up if you drop a ball or something they make fun of that."

From an injury standpoint, Richt said that sophomore TB Thomas Brown, who missed last week's game against Louisiana-Monroe, will likely return to his starting role this week.

"(Thomas) looks good," said Richt. "We knew he could not go last week, but he has really practiced hard."

Another player Richt said has improved during the week is junior FLK Sean Bailey. Entering Thursday's practice Richt said he thinks that Bailey not only will play, but possibly start as well.

Kick-off for Saturday's game is slated for 9:12 p.m. ET, and the contest will be televised nationally by espn2.

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