Sugar Bowl Week: Wednesday Practice Report

NEW ORLEANS - The Georgia football team reconvened in New Orleans Wednesday and returned to Sugar Bowl preparations, holding a two-hour evening workout at the Louisiana Superdome.

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (10-2) enjoyed a four-day break for the holidays. They will have daily workouts leading up to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic against 10th-ranked Hawai'i (12-0) on New Year's night.

Bulldog head coach Mark Richt said he was thankful everyone arrived safely, and it was good to get that first workout inside the Superdome.

"It is definitely a highlight for us to be here in the Sugar Bowl and in the Superdome," said Richt. "When you play here, you know you're in a significant game. It was good to get our first practice in, and it's great we're going to practice here all week. It gets the sense of awe out of the way, so we'll be ready to play some ball on the first (of January)."

Senior safety Kelin Johnson said the Bulldogs have a great opportunity in facing an undefeated Hawai'i team.

"It will be challenge for us, especially in the secondary," said Johnson. "There will be a lot of chances to make plays and the crowd loves big hits, interceptions and big plays. Hawai'i throws and catches extremely well, like Troy. They're receivers caught everything and Hawai'i's receivers have done that all year too."

Current New Orleans Saints defensive lineman and former Bulldog Charles Grant attended Wednesday's workout. He plans to attend the Sugar Bowl along with several other former Bulldogs now playing in the NFL.

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