Sugar Bowl Week: Wednesday News and Notes

NEW ORLEANS - David Ching's news and notes from Georgia's Sugar Bowl practices.

Good eatin'

Among the Bulldogs' greatest sources of excitementthis week is the chance to sample authentic New Orleans cuisine.

Although one of the team's biggest eaters – literally, one of the biggest – is a bit hesitant about what Cajun delicacies he'll be willing to try.

"I've heard about the creole food, but a lot of that's spicy food and I'm not big on spicy foods. That might damper things a little bit, but I'm gonna try a few things and see how I like it," said Georgia offensive tackle Chester Adams, all 6-foot-4, 330 pounds of him.

"This is my first time down here and I'm open to anything," Adams said, before adding, "I don't know about (eating) alligator yet, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there."

Georgia walk-on quarterback Jonathan deLaureal is a New Orleans native, so many of the players planned to tap into his knowledge of local eateries.

"He'd better have some tips waiting on us," kicker Brandon Coutu said. "We'll all be looking for him to kinda guide us."

For the record, New Orleans-bound Georgia fans, deLaureal recently recommended venerable New Orleanseatery Galatoire's and Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar to Georgia's beat writers as must-stops.

Opening practice

Georgia held its first practice of bowl week Wednesday night at the Louisiana Superdome.

The Bulldogs had been off for four days and coach Mark Richt said Wednesday's practice was mostly important from a conditioning standpoint.

"We're gonna try to get everybody's focus tonight," Richt said before practice. "We thought it was important to have a practice when we got here. We didn't want another day to go by without a little conditioning and just getting your mind set. So tonight will be very important to start thinking ball gain."

Quick hits

Coutu said the hamstring injury he suffered against Georgia Tech has completely healed and pronounced himself ready to play against Hawaii. "It was really more of a scare than anything," Coutu said. … Defensive linemen Brandon Wood and Neland Ball both practiced in green no-contact jerseys. … The team is scheduled to practice at 10:40 a.m. today at the Louisiana Superdome.

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