Kentucky Week: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS – The eighth-ranked Georgia football team held final preparations on Thursday morning for their upcoming Southeastern Conference Eastern Division battle with the 22nd-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

The Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 SEC) will face the Wildcats (7-3, 3-3 SEC) in Sanford Stadium on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EDT, and Lincoln Financial Sports Network will televise the game live.

Thursday's practice session, which lasted 90-minutes in helmets and shorts, was held at the Woodruff Practice Fields at 5:30 a.m. due to academic obligations in the afternoon.

"We got our practice in this morning, and it might have been nicer in the morning than it was later in the afternoon," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "I know the wind was whipping pretty good today. We got most of it without a lot of wind, and we got most of it before the sun came up. I did realize the sun came up around 6:55 a.m. if anyone is wondering."

Richt was later asked if he would entertain the idea of having normal morning practices and said he does want to look into seeing if there is a better way to structure schedules in the fall.

"I would do everything I could to make our schedules better for our players so that they could get to where they need to get and be able to eat," Richt said. "I think we have a very tight schedule right now in the fall, especially for our true freshmen. I've talked to other people and it seems like everybody's true freshmen are getting worn slapped out because of the mandatory study hall and all of the things you have to ask them to do. I don't know if trading the time would make it better for them, but if it would, I would consider that."

When asked if the team had made it through the week healthy, Richt said he didn't think that senior tailback Jason Johnson would be able to play this weekend with a burner in his neck but that there haven't been any other setbacks in regards to injury.

Saturday's meeting with Kentucky will be the final home contest for 23 seniors on the Georgia squad. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to Sanford Stadium as the team honors this year's senior class.

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