Off Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - The No. 6-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0) returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since last Saturday's win at Mississippi State. The Dogs will enjoy an open date this weekend, allowing the team to take Monday off from practice.

Georgia worked out for just over two hours and had a productive session according to head coach Mark Richt.

"We had a good practice today," Richt said. "We went in full pads and finished up with some live scrimmage. We started on the 20 and tried to score -- both offenses. We started on the 10 later on and tried to score. Then we put it on the goal line and tried to score. The same drill was true for the defenses, trying to stop the 'O'. We're just trying to get better down there and it was good work."

Richt said he is pleased with his team's development to date.

"We're a very united team," Richt said. "I know it happens in spring and it happens in summer, but in camp I thought it really solidified how much everybody on this team likes each other and trusts each other and knows that we have to count on each other to win.

"The four things I really like right now about this team are the fact that we're playing very hard -- we're playing very hard on both sides of the ball and on special teams. When I watch film, I see guys busting their tail. I don't see anybody loafing. I like the senior leadership of the team. I like the unity of this team. And then the fourth thing really is the fact that we're as healthy as we've ever been since I've been here at this point in the season. We've got a lot of good positive things going on right now."

Richt said that defensive tackle Gerald Anderson did not practice but is progressing well from a concussion he suffered last Saturday and that Antonio Sims, who was listed as the second-team rover on defense before breaking his left leg in the pre-season, returned to practice with no limitations and could play next weekend.

"We'll see how (Sims) performs this week and next week," Richt said. "Tohave two weeks prior to making a decision is going to be a real fair test for him."

Georgia will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., a week from Saturday to face No. 9-ranked Tennessee (2-1, 1-1) at Neyland Stadium. That contest will be televised nationally by CBS with kick-off slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.


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