2009 Spring: Day 4 Practice Report

ATHENS - For the first time this spring, Georgia worked out in Sanford Stadium in full pads.

The Bulldogs held a 90-minute practice Saturday, and Georgia coach Mark Richt said he was pleased with the full-contact workout.

"It was a great day with the offense winning the three-on-three drill, and the defense winning the inside drill," said Richt. "Spirits were high, and it was a day for the juniors to watch us in Sanford Stadium, and a great day to be a Bulldog."

The Bulldogs practiced in jerseys, shorts and helmets for their first three sessions earlier this week. Richt indicated Friday that several drills during the spring are designed for competition with winners and losers each time the whistle blows. On Saturday, Georgia's drills included two-on-two, three-on-three and an assortment of 11-on-11.

Redshirt freshman tailback Carlton Thomas provided one of the day's highlights with a long touchdown run that excited his teammates, which they later shared with the media after practice.

"I was on the other side of the field, and I heard the crowd go crazy, and I looked over and saw him running down the sideline," said senior quarterback Joe Cox. "I'm looking forward to see what he can do for us."

Cox added that he thought the team had a good day with a lot of intensity for the first day in pads.

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