Tennessee Week: Monday Practice Report

ATHENS - The Georgia football team began preparations for its first Southeastern Conference home game by practicing for 90 minutes at the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday.

Tenth-ranked Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will entertain No. 13 Tennessee (4-1, 0-1) on Saturday at Sanford Stadium in a 7:45 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs are coming off a 14-9 win at Ole Miss. The Volunteers have recorded wins over California, Air Force, Marshall and Memphis, while their only loss was a 21-20 decision against Florida.

"Tennessee has a great team and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday. "They are very talented and it shows on offense, defense and special teams. We know it's going to be a physical, 60-minute fight. We've got to work hard this week to get ready, and I think we started the week off right with a good practice today."

Senior quarterback Joe Tereshinski, who has missed most of the last four games with an ankle injury, was able to practice on Monday.

"I felt really good," Tereshinski said. "I was able to do really anything that we did without it bothering me. It's going to be 100 percent by Saturday; that's the way I'm preparing and that's the way I'm looking at it."

Said Richt, "I thought Joe looked good. He looked real comfortable. I thought he had a good practice."

Richt announced the captains for Saturday¹s game will be Nick Jones on offense, Quentin Moses and Tony Taylor on defense, and Thomas Brown on special teams.

Georgia will play Saturday at home against Tennessee. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN.

On Monday, it was announced that defensive end Charles Johnson has been named the SEC¹s Defensive Lineman of the Week. The Hawkinsville native led the Bulldogs to the win at Ole Miss with four tackles, two sacks, one pass breakup and two third-down stops. He is the conference leader with nine tackles for loss this year and he leads the Bulldogs with 3.5 sacks. Georgia¹s defense limited Ole Miss to 243 total offensive yards on 57 playsand is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 6.8 points per game. Johnson also was named the SEC¹s Defensive Player of the Week following Georgia¹s win at South Carolina.

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