Word of the poll reached Richt before the end of the workout.
"I mentioned it to the team today," Richt said. "I told them what I said to you almost verbatim. It's exciting, it's an honor and there's a responsibility that goes with it."
The No. 1 preseason rankings by the AP and coaches are Georgia's first by a major national poll. The Bulldogs' previous highest preseason rankings came in 1942 (No. 2 AP), 2004 (No. 2 AP, No. 4 coaches) and 1967 (No. 6 AP).
Georgia finished the 2007 season ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press and No. 3 in the final USA Today/Coaches poll.
The practice in shoulder pads and shorts was just a small part of a busy day for the Bulldogs. It began early Saturday morning with meetings followed by the workout at the Woodruff Practice Fields. The Bulldogs then grabbed a quick lunch and donned their uniforms for a series of pictures including a team photo.
In the afternoon, the players and coaches were to take part UGA's Annual Picture Day at Sanford Stadium. Various Georgia sports teams were to be available from 1-3 p.m., followed by the football team from 3-5 p.m.