W. Kentucky Week: Monday Practice Report

ATHENS — The Georgia football team entered the final stages of preseason camp on Monday with a full-pads session lasting just shy of two hours at the Woodruff Practice Fields.

The season opener for the Bulldogs will be on Saturday as Western Kentucky comes to Sanford Stadium. Georgia's players went through their final workout in full pads on Monday.

"It was the last day in full pads, the last day to tackle, the last day to block below the waist," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I thought we had pretty good effort today. We made some mistakes, particularly on offense, but hopefully we'll get better."

The Bulldogs will work out in shells on Tuesday and shorts on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for the Hilltoppers. Richt said the Bulldogs will prepare for and perform against the Gateway Conference squad the way they would any other opponent.

"It doesn't matter," Richt said. "We will play as hard as we can. We don't treat this game any differently."

Richt said the Bulldogs' scout team has done a good job of simulating Western Kentucky in workouts.

"They're the backbone of the team," Richt said. "Some of them are walk-ons, and they do it for no other reason than the love of the game. I'm thankful those guys are here."

Richt said he tried to call former quarterback D.J. Shockley on Monday after learning that Shockley had made the Atlanta Falcons roster. Richt tried him early in the morning and during the afternoon quarterbacks meeting, but didn't reach him either time.

"He's big time. He didn't have to answer," Richt said with a laugh. "That was great, great news. We are so happy for him."

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