Vanderbilt Week: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia held its final workout on Thursday in preparation for its upcoming Homecoming contest against 22nd-ranked Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs wore shorts and helmets for the practice session, which lasted 90-minutes at Sanford Stadium.

Georgia (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) and Vanderbilt (5-1, 3-1 SEC) will tee it up "Between the Hedges" on Saturday at 12:34 p.m. ET. The game will be televised regionally by Raycom Sports with Dave Rowe, Dave Neal and Dave Archer providing the commentary. All Georgia games also are broadcast live on the Bulldog Radio Network on AM 750 WSB in Atlanta and on both 106.1 FM and 960 The Ref in Athens. The radio audio also can be heard worldwide on both, the official website of UGA Athletics, and on XM satellite radio. In addition, the Vanderbilt contest will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One Radio Sports.

Under normal Thursday routine, the Bulldogs would practice at the Woodruff Practice Fields for a home contest and at Sanford Stadium for an away contest. However, when meeting with the media prior to this Thursday's practice, Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced the decision to go to Sanford Stadium for the workout.

"We are going to go to the stadium today even though we're not looking for crowd noise issues because we are at home," Richt said. "I just think the guys start to feel the game a little bit more when you're Between the Hedges, so I'm looking for anyway to get the maximum amount of focus you can get. We tend to have very good practices in the stadium for away games, and I know a lot of it has to do with crowd noise forcing them to concentrate and communicate."

Saturday's Homecoming contest against Vanderbilt will be Georgia's second to last home contest this season. The final home match-up will come against Georgia Tech on November 29. When asked if it felt strange to him that there would be only one more home game after this weekend, Richt said that he thinks it will be even stranger for the seniors on the team.

"It's going to really hit home for them, especially when this game is over to think there's only one more left," Richt said.

Under Richt, Georgia is 6-1 against Vanderbilt. However, the Commodores won the last meeting in Sanford Stadium, 24-22, in 2006. Last year, Georgia defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville, 20-17, on a field goal as time expired. Georgia leads the all-time series 48-18-2 including a 24-4 record in Sanford Stadium. Saturday's contest will be the first-ever meeting in the series in which both teams are ranked in the top 25.

"I know it sounds kind of boring, but we are really just trying to win the East," Richt said. "That is the focus, and when you play the Eastern Division leader that gets your blood flowing. You know that every head-to-head battle with an Eastern Division team can make the difference between playing in the championship game or not."

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