2009 Spring: Day 8 Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia's football team practiced for an hour and a half in shorts and shoulder pads in the rain on Tuesday following Monday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

"We mostly tried to correct mistakes we made during the scrimmage and I thought we did a pretty good day today considering how short it was," said head coach Mark Richt.

The Bulldogs did suffer an injury on Monday as defensive end Jeremy Longo went down with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss the rest of the spring. This leaves Georgia with only two healthy defensive ends on scholarship – Kiante Tripp and Justin Houston. The coaching staff also decided to move a pair of walk-ons from their positions to fill in at defensive end because of the injury situation.

"When June arrives and we've got 20 or so guys returning from injury and about that same number coming in as freshmen, I might be the happiest guy in America," Richt said.

Tuesday's practice was actually a make-up practice after Friday's workout last week was rained out. The Bulldogs have practice again on Wednesday and Friday before participating in their final scrimmage of the spring on Saturday morning. The annual G-Day Game arrives on April 11 for Georgia.

"I felt better about the scrimmage after I watched the film than when I was walking off the field (Monday)," said Richt, adding that he could not remember any another time when he had a team at Georgia have five practices in one week during the spring. "A couple things I pulled from the scrimmage was that Geno (Atkins) is a dominant football player right now and I don't know if anyone can block him. I also noticed Nick Williams is still learning his position, but I like the fact that he tries to run right through people."


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