2008 Sugar Bowl: Monday Practice Report

NEW ORLEANS,– The Georgia Bulldog football team held its final practice of the season with its second of two dress rehearsals on Monday at the Louisiana Superdome, working out for an hour in jerseys and shorts.

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (10-2) conducted their sixth practice of the week in preparation for facing 10th-ranked Hawaii (12-0) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic on Jan 1. Kickoff is slated for 8:47 p.m. ET.

"Everybody, I guess, would want to know how practice is going, and I think it's gone well," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in his opening statement at a press conference held following the workout. "The only really sluggish day was our second practice and that was our first morning practice. When we got here on the 26th and we practice that evening and probably didn't get back until 11-11:30 at night. We woke up the next morning early and practice that day was a little bit rough. After that the guys did a real nice job. I think their energy level was very good and the morale is good."

The press conference, a joint session with Hawaii's head coach June Jones, was Richt's final media session before the game. In addition to fielding questions, both coaches posed for a photo opportunity with the Allstate Sugar Bowl championship trophy.

While meeting with the media, Richt noted that senior Thomas Brown would start the game at tailback for the Bulldogs.

Prior to Monday's practice, the Georgia squad gathered into the first several rows in a section of the Superdome's stands for a team portrait.

"We wore black jerseys and the picture will be the first team picture in black jerseys," Richt said. "They do look good. Those jerseys came out better than I thought they would look. The team is excited about it. It won't have nearly the effect it had in that Auburn game when we did shock about 75-percent of the team with them, but they do like them. They wanted them as a bowl gift and we're the home team, so we are wearing black."

Georgia is riding a six-game winning streak, while Hawaii has won 13 in a row dating back to last season. Georgia's senior class is aiming to be the fifth consecutive group to claim 40 or more wins in their Bulldog career. Meanwhile, the Warriors are the only undefeated team left in the country.


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