Chick-fil-A Bowl: Dec. 26 Practice Report

ATLANTA - Fresh off a four-day holiday break, the Georgia Bulldog football team returned to bowl preparations Tuesday, holding a two-hour workout at the Georgia Dome.

The Bulldogs (8-4) reported to the team hotel here in Atlanta late Monday. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs had their final practice of the year in full pads. The remainder of the week the team will work out in shorts, helmets and shells. Chick-fil-A Bowl officials will play host to a Team Welcome Party at the ESPN Zone Tuesday evening. It will be the first of a handful of activities this week for the Bulldogs and their opponent, the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2).

Georgia freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford he is looking forward to the game and playing in the Georgia Dome.

"I'm excited to be here, and I've heard it gets electric in here," said Stafford.

Bulldog head coach Mark Richt echoed those sentiments before Tuesday's practice.

"Any time you are playing in the Dome, something good has happened to get you here," said Richt. "We've played for a few SEC Championships here, won a couple here, and we finished strong this year to be invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Our team likes being here in Atlanta, our fans like it and whichever team plays the best, their fans will be the loudest. We want to win the bowl game, and we know Virginia Tech is very good. It will be a heckuva challenge."

Georgia worked on all phases of its game Tuesday, beginning and ending practice with a focus on special teams along with conditioning drills. Following practice, Richt said the team looked to be in good condition.

"We had a lot of enthusiasm, and for the last practice in pads, we got out of it what we needed," said Richt. "We looked sharp and knew what to do, I was pleased."

Georgia will practice Wednesday and Thursday morning followed by various bowl functions later in the day. On Friday, the team will have a walk-through and a luncheon.

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