Off Week: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia wrapped up their second practice of the week Thursday, holding a 90-minute workout in full pads during this open date in the 2008 campaign.

The 11th-ranked Bulldogs (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will be back in action Oct. 11 when they play host to Tennessee at Sanford Stadium. Georgia head coach Mark Richt said his squad used the day as another chance to get together and get better, and the team did a good job.

"We're 4-1 now and getting ready for the long haul," said Richt. "We have another open date but first we've got six games in a row and we'll see what we can do."

One thing the Bulldogs are doing extremely well is performing in the classroom, and Richt is especially proud of Georgia's top ranking according to senior writer Pat Forde's "Top 25, With An Academic Twist." In Forde's Sept. 30 story titled "These schools put the student back in student-athlete," Forde wrote how he examined this week's Associated Press Top 25 by 2008 APR (Academic Performance Rate) score and Georgia ranked first. The Bulldogs' APR, which is the NCAA measurement of academic progress of the classes from 2003-2007, was 965, edging out Penn State and Wake Forest at 964 with Florida (962) and Vanderbilt (959) rounding out the top five.

"It's outstanding, that's good news and a newsworthy item," Richt responded when asked how he felt about the top ranking.

Also, Richt again took time to praise Georgia's fan support during its recent game with Alabama.

"The Georgia Bulldog fans are pretty awesome," said Richt. "I spoke at a few of the Touchdown Clubs this week, and everybody is still fired up about the Bulldogs. Everybody is in agreement we have to get better. I'm proud of how the crowd reacted and treated us. The student section and those sitting around the band were at the game early and right there until the very end cheering for us. We're blessed to have that kind of support. That's big for recruiting."

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