2006 Fall Camp: Day Three Practice Report

ATHENS - The Georgia football team went through its third preseason practice, its first in shoulder pads, on Monday for roughly two hours at the Woodruff Practice Fields.

The Bulldogs dealt with temperatures in the 90s as well as mild humidity during their two-hour workout.

"It was tougher with the pads on," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "It wasn't unbelievably hot, but it was hot enough to test these guys. ... This was thepractice where I say we don't look very good right now. It's just a matter of trying to get 105 guys ready at the same time. You just can't do that. When you have a bunch of brand-new guys, it looks like a Chinese fire drill."

Richt announced following practice that senior Dale Dixson has moved from the defensive line to the offense line. The move of Dixson, a 6-2, 305-pounder from Garland, Texas, will shore up the Bulldogs depth at center and guard. At one point during the practice, Richt, a former quarterback, took snaps from Dixson.

"Dale has a big enough body and he's unselfish enough to help us by trying to get ready to play," Richt said. "We don't have a lot of veteran players on the offensive line, so he will strengthen us there. We need help inside, and Dale is a guy that we can lean on and a guy who will sacrifice for the team."

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. Georgia will open the season Sept. 2 at home against Western Kentucky in a 12:30 p.m. game to be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports. The annual Fans Picture Day will be held Aug. 19 at Sanford Stadium.

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