Chick-fil-A Bowl: Dec. 28 News and Notes

ATLANTA - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's Chick-fil-A Bowl practices at the Georgia Dome.

RECRUITING UPDATE: The Bulldogs have "five or six" more high school players they are actively recruiting, coordinator Rodney Garner said. Georgia has signed four players and has verbal commitments from 19 more.

The Bulldogs don't expect to lose many, if any, of this year's class for academic reasons, Garner said.

"The good thing about this class is probably about 80 percent of them are already qualified," he said.

It's possible that, for the first time in recent memory, Georgia will get public verbal commitments from every player in its class, rather than waiting on some decisions until the final day, Garner said. "We would love it as coaches," he said. "I think it takes away some of the excitement for the fans. They like getting those surprise faxes, but we love it as coaches."

TOUGHING IT OUT?: Virginia Tech and Georgia both were given a chance to practice in the Georgia Dome this week, but only the Bulldogs accepted the invitation.

Beamer and the Hokies decided to practice at Georgia Tech's facility in order to have more control over their schedule. The teams would have had to rotate practice times if both had practiced indoors.

"I think it's really important in a bowl game to get a routine going because there's so much going on," Beamer said. "I think you've got to get into a routine and have a normal week of practice. That's the thing that made the decision for us, was that we could practice at the same times. It's important as far as getting your mind right, in my opinion."

Beamer, who's in his 20th year at Virginia Tech, doesn't spend much time worrying about playing surfaces or arenas anymore, he said.

"Whatever the surface is, indoors, outdoors, it doesn't make much of a difference for us," he said.

The Hokies had a light practice in the dome on Monday and will have another Friday.

"We'll be OK," he said.

THIS AND THAT: For the first time in Richt's tenure, the Bulldogs named co-overall captains this year – center Nick Jones and linebacker Tony Taylor. The recognition is based on a team vote. "One guy had more vote than the other," Richt said. "I've never told them who had the extra vote." … The 50 Georgia players who had a 3.0 GPA or better will wear a sticker helmet that reads "3.0" during the bowl game. … Richt will wait until pregame warm-ups to determine how far he thinks place-kicker Brandon Coutu can kick from during the bowl game. … Georgia practiced for two hours in the Georgia Dome on Thursday morning, while crowd noise was pumped through the loudspeakers.

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