Auburn Week: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia made final preparations for their upcoming Southeastern Conference contest at Auburn by holding a 90-mintue practice at Sanford Stadium on Thursday.

Prior to Thursday's practice, Georgia head coach Mark Richt met with the media and addressed the practice session.

"We've had good practices, and I'm pretty pleased with how that's gone," Richt said. "We've got one more time in the stadium and one more time cranking up the noise. It's been a little bit of Groundhog's Day here in the last four weeks as far as the preparation. We will change the music to something Auburn on the crowd noise. That's about the only difference."

Saturday's contest at Auburn will mark the end of a four-game road swing that began Oct. 25 in Baton Rouge against LSU followed by stops in Jacksonville, Florida and then Lexington, Kentucky. After playing the Tigers this weekend, the Bulldogs will have an off week before playing host to Georgia Tech Nov. 29 to conclude the regular season.

"We are all looking forward to the week off – that's for sure," Richt stated. "But I don't think it's been too bad being on the road. I don't know if it's tough on anybody in particular or if the players or coaches would say it's tougher. I doubt they would. I think they kind of like being on the road in that you can really concentrate and focus on your business and then come on home. We are anxious to get back. It's going to be fun to get back with all the senior day stuff, but that's for the next two weeks to talk about. I'm glad we have another home game before the season ends. I would hate to go four away games and that's it. I'm thankful to have one more at home."

Richt also noted that redshirt sophomore Josh Davis would be the probable starter at right tackle, but that fellow redshirt sophomore Kiante Tripp would play as well.

"Josh can play and knows what to do," Richt added. "Josh has been kind of a putty man for us. He's probably played each guard and each tackle position, and I know he's practiced at each position except center. He knows what to do and his technique is getting better. He has just been not as strong as he's going to be one day. That's really been his only issue right now."

Saturday's Georgia-Auburn game will be the 112th meeting in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry that began in 1892. Auburn leads the series 53-50-8, and the rivalry is tied with the Oregon-Oregon State as the seventh-most played series in the country.


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