2008 Fall Camp: Day Five News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall camp.

TWO FOR ONE: Two-a-days begin today for the Bulldogs, so Richt cut Friday's practice a bit short to give his players a chance to rest.

Richt called off the final two periods and eliminated conditioning drills for the day, but Georgia will hit the practice field again today beginning at 8:15 a.m.

The Bulldogs will be in full pads for the first time today, despite the fact that Richt had planned on spending Friday's practice in game-day gear.

"We could have been in full pads but you can't tackle anyway, and our players just don't get it," Richt said. "If you put the pads on and don't tackle, they get disappointed."

FRESHMEN PEP TALK: It's about this time each year, Richt said, when it's time for a little motivational speaking for the freshmen class.

With the usual bumps and bruises mounting, the energy level for the camp's first-timers can begin to dwindle. And with a full playbook thrown at them, early failures have a tendency to hit the freshmen especially hard, Richt said.

So Friday, Richt held a meeting for the freshmen only, just to keep their spirits up.

"(We) talked about how pleased we are with their work ethic and their ability and just trying to encourage them not to get down," Richt said, "because if that group can all stick together and grow and mature together, we'll have a real fine team when they get into their junior and senior years."

INSULT TO INJURY: Another body was added to Georgia's walking wounded receiving corps. Freshman Tavarres King suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of Friday's practice.

Richt said King's injury was not serious, and also said redshirt sophomore receiver Tony Wilson was progressing coming back from an ankle injury he suffered during spring drills.

"He's taking his shots," Richt said of Wilson. "We're not asking him to go the whole practice. He's getting work but not every period. He's been trying to work his way back into being ready to go."


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