ATHENS – The University of Georgia football team opened up spring practice Monday with a two and a half hour practice without pads at the Woodruff Practice Fields. Georgia will hold a total of 14 spring practice sessions leading up to G-Day on Saturday, April 7. Following practice, head coach Mark Richt spoke about getting back out on the field with his squad.
"This was a good first day, it was fun," said Richt. "I am looking forward to getting into full pads though. It is hard to tell a lot about who is doing what when you aren't in pads. Today we worked on fundamentals, getting organized and getting guys lined up right. Thursday we will be in shells and they will get a taste of some contact, then Friday we will be in full pads."
Richt also addressed the presence of Georgia's several junior college transfers.
"We are excited to have them out there," said Richt. "If we didn't have them until the fall, it could be pretty scary. They will all have a chance to contribute right away. Most of them are on the first and second teams and will have a chance to play."
Finally, Richt spoke about going through the spring knowing that Matthew Stafford is his No. 1 quarterback.
"I think this spring will help everyone," said Richt. "The receivers get used to how the ball is coming at them, everyone can get the cadence right and it helps the coaches when they can gameplan for one guy instead of two or three."
Georgia gets back on the practice field Wednesday, March 7.