G-Day Start set for 2PM

ATHENS - Georgia football fans will get their first look at the 2008 edition of the Bulldogs when the annual G-Day game is held in Sanford Stadium on Saturday, April 5, at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised live by CSS.

Proceeds from this year's game will go to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, a network of 13 Athens area churches and communities of faith providing shelter, meals and support for homeless families in crisis situations.? This program continues an Athletic Association tradition begun in 1993 of donating proceeds from the G-Day game to a local charity or non-profit organization.

Georgia returns 45 lettermen and 19 of 26 starters from the Allstate Sugar Bowl squad that rolled up a 31-point victory over No. 10 Hawai?i.

The Bulldogs finished with an 11-2 record in 2007, closing as one of the nation?s hottest teams, and wound up ranked No. 2 in the final AP poll and third in the final USA Today/Coaches Poll.

?I think 2007 was exciting for our fans and our players,? Georgia head coach Mark Richt said.? ?I think we got a taste of just how close we might be toward getting that ultimate goal.?

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start in 2007, losing twice (both in the conference) in their first six games.? But similar to the end of the 2006 campaign, the Bulldogs righted the ship with seven consecutive victories.

?I do think that we?re going to have a more veteran team that we?ve had in awhile,? Richt said.? ?I think we?ll have some good depth.? We hope we?re ranked fairly high preseason. I think we?re going to return a very good football team.

?There are a lot of battles going on, a lot of battles for starting positions, a lot of battles for playing time.? They are battling to prove to the coaching staff they can play.? I?m really encouraged by everybody?s attitude and effort.? I?m getting a lot of good vibrations on our leadership.?

Cost of tickets is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and children. UGA students will be admitted free with their University ID card.

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