2008 Fall Camp: Day Six Practice Report

ATHENS – No. 1-ranked Georgia completed its first of four scheduled two-a-day practices on Saturday at the Woodruff Practice Fields.

The two practices on Saturday capped the first week of preseason workouts that started Monday. The morning practice, which lasted two-and-a-half hours, was also the first session that the Bulldogs went in full pads. In the evening practice that also lasted two-and-a half hours, the team wore shells.

"The goal is to install your systems," head coach Mark Richt said about the first week of practices. "You also begin to observe who came to compete this year. There are a lot of guys that have done that in the past, so unless they go backwards you are in good shape that way. There's always somebody ready to jump up and get into the race."

"You want to teach the proper fundamentals of blocking and tackling," Richt further explained. "You want to get the habit of doing it really well and start it out right. Even if you are a great tackler, if you don't do it right from the beginning it's hard."

With the morning workout being the first full-pads practice, Richt felt it went well for the true freshmen.

"I was very impressed with the freshmen," Richt stated. "They are physically in very good condition and they're strong."

After the evening workout, Richt informed the media that redshirt sophomore Quintin Banks would miss approximately six weeks with a torn medial collateral ligament. Banks incurred the injury during the full-pads practice and will have surgery to repair the injury, likely early next week, according to Richt.

Richt also stated that freshman defensive back Makiri Pugh suffered an ankle sprain and will miss at least a week.

While team meetings will be held on Sunday, practice will resume on Monday with a special teams scrimmage in the morning and a full-team scrimmage in the evening.

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