Dawgs get new shoes ready for Dome, Hogs

With less than a few days left before Georgia plays for the SEC title, Mark Richt and company are getting geared up to play Arkansas and in the Georgia Dome.

"We are very excited about being in this ballgame," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity."

Because of the magnitude of the game, Georgia will practice on Friday in the Georgia Dome to get more accustomed to the artificial surface. Georgia has not played on Astroturf since beating Virginia 37-14 in 2000 the Jeep O'ahu Bowl.

"We will have a workout Friday, which we don't normally do," explained Richt, "because of the turf and the Dome. The guys will be making sure that they are comfortable with the shoes that they have."

Beyond the difficulties of playing on Astroturf for the first time in two years, Georgia must beat one of the hottest teams in the nation in Arkansas. The Hogs have won 6 straight games and Richt is very aware of that.

"Arkansas is very hot," said Richt, "we know that we are going to have quite a battle."

Richt said that he is particularly impressed with Arkansas' stable of running backs. "It amazing what they have," he said. "They've had 4 backs run for over 100 yards (in a game). I just don't know where to start with these guys."

Richt said that Georgia will have to rely once more on its defense to win the ball game. "Our front seven have just got to do a tremendous job of stopping the run," said Richt.

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