Dawgs End Athens Bowl Practices

ATHENS - Georgia wrapped up bowl preparations in Athens Saturday, holding a one-hour workout in jerseys, shorts, helmets and shoulder pads.

"It was a pretty good last day, not great, and now we have five days to enjoy being at home for the holidays," said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "I'm ready to go myself."

The team will reconvene in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 26 and an evening workout is planned. Georgia will conduct six practices in Orlando before the game. With all of the area attractions, Richt was asked if the team would be distracted from preparing for the game.

"We will get the work in and I'm sure it will be hotter and more humid down there in Orlando," said Richt. "The attractions are outstanding. The team will go to all the parks, and they can stay as long as they want. Some will go for just a little while and some may stay until the fireworks go off."

Freshmen Blair Walsh and Jamie Lindley have been competing to handle kickoff duties and Walsh will be doing it in the bowl game, according to Richt.

"At this point, he (Walsh) is ahead," said Richt. "We chart every kick. We look for the right hang time and ball placement. Blair will handle the kickoffs."

Junior defensive tackle Kade Weston was limited in practice Saturday due to a sore knee but Richt said with a week of rest, Weston would be ready to go.

The Bulldogs (9-3) will face 19th-ranked Michigan State (9-3) on January 1, in the 2009 Capital One Bowl.

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