Vanderbilt Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia practiced for two and a half hours in full pads on Tuesday, their heaviest workload of the week in preparation for this weekend's matchup with No. 22 Vanderbilt (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Sanford Stadium.

"We had a pretty good day," head coach Mark Richt said. "We were going to run four and a half 'gassers' after practice, but they did such a good job with their tempo that I called them off."

Richt announced the captains for Saturday's game with the Commodores will be Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno on offense, Corvey Irvin on defense and CJ Byrd on special teams.

Richt also conducted his traditional game week press conference earlier on Tuesday where he discussed the Vanderbilt game at length.

"I think it¹s the first time ever both of us have been ranked in the top 25," Richt said. "As far as homecoming games, there aren¹t many times where you are going against a ranked opponent. It¹s a great tribute to coach (Bobby) Johnson. He has his team playing well. I think one thing about Vanderbilt that you can say is they are extremely well coached and extremely well organized. They don¹t beat themselves very often. They did last week for the first time.

"How can a team that is near the bottom of the league statistically be leading their division?" Richt asked rhetorically. "They are No. 2 in turnover ratio. They are high in punting. They have the No. 1 punt return man in the league. They are No. 2 in red zone offense and red zone defense and No. 1 in sacks. They are not beating themselves with penalties and turnovers, and they are winning the field position battle because their punt and punt return teams are outstanding. When they get in the red zone they are scoring. There have been a lot of key sacks at the right time for them. They have done all those things extremely well, and that is why they are sitting where they are."

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