Dawgs have Final Practice before Bowl

ORLANDO - Georgia had their final practice of the season here Tuesday as they get set to face Michigan State in the 2009 Capital One Bowl.

The Bulldogs (9-3) held their fifth practice at Olympia High School since arriving on Dec. 26. With temperatures in the low 80s, the team had a 90-minute workout in jerseys, shorts, helmets and shells.

"We didn't run into each other today as we get ready for the game," said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "It's been a pretty good week of practice and will be a good game."

Richt was asked to reflect on the memorable plays from the regular season, and he said he usually takes time to look back once the season is over. However, he did mention a couple of plays that stood out.

"The South Carolina game, Rennie's (Curran) big hit that caused the fumble helped us win that game, and Demarcus' (Dobbs) interception against Kentucky after Matthew's (Stafford) touchdown pass to A.J. (Green) gave us the lead," said Richt. "Also, I'd say the touchdown pass from Stafford to Green against Auburn. We've had a lot of big plays this year."

After practice, four Bulldogs participated in a bowl press conference held at a local restaurant. Seniors Corvey Irvin and Mohamed Massaquoi along with juniors Matthew Stafford and Asher Allen answered questions ranging from their seasons, career and facing the Spartans. Also, the team visited SeaWorld Adventure park.

"We're trying to get our 10th win this year and send our seniors out with their 40th win," said Stafford.

Bowl games spark debate on the strength of conferences, and the Capital One Bowl pits the Southeastern Conference versus the Big Ten.

"We'll get to see how we compare with them, how the styles match up, it should be a great game to watch," said Massaquoi. "They play with a lot of confidence and expect to win like any competitor would. We respect them."

"It's been 85 degrees here compared to 40 to 50 at home, and we have enjoyed being down here," said Irvin. "We've had fun running around the different parks, Orlando is a great city and this has been a fun bowl."

"Our last game left a bad taste in our mouth so we want to do like last year and come out with a bowl victory," said Allen. "You want to end the season on a good note and use that to energize you during spring and summer training for the next year."

On Wednesday, the Bulldogs will take a team picture at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and hold a series of meetings. Also, they will attend a Capital One Bowl kickoff luncheon.

Georgia battles the Spartans (9-3) on Jan. 1 with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. on ABC.


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