"Yesterday overall was a little bit of a struggle," Richt said. "It was very hot and very humid. Although, today wasn't cool by any means, but I think there was a difference. First day nerves, getting coached again for the first time and first day excitement too accounted for some of that, but it really wasn't up to our standards of hustle the entire practice. Today was very outstanding."
For the first two practice days, the team worked out in jerseys, shorts and helmets while on Thursday and Friday the squad will wear shoulder pads as well. After a Saturday practice in shells, the first two-a-day practice will take place on Monday, with a full-pads practice during the morning session. Georgia's first five practices will serve as the NCAA-mandated acclimation period. The acclimation period went into effect in 2004 with the intent to lessen injuries and heat-related illnesses.
Richt went on to state that after just two days of practice the defense had already created several turnovers.
"The balls aren't hitting our hands and dropping on the ground defensively," Richt said. "That's a great sign to continue to catch the ball when an opportunity presents itself. Most of the picks happened because of a quarterback throwing the ball where he shouldn't have thrown it and making a bad decision. They've got to take better care of the ball."
Richt also noted that his initial reaction of the freshmen was very positive.
"Yesterday, I saw Marlon Brown going up strong for a catch and a defender trying to rake the ball out of there and couldn't do it." Richt said. "He's got such strong hands. I saw Rantavious Wooten running routes looking like he'd been doing it for quite a while, and he's got outstanding hands. Orson Charles made some outstanding catches. He needs much more precision in his route running of course, but he's getting a pretty good feel of what to do. Arthur Lynch made a couple of plays in our skeleton drills, and I like how Washaun (Ealey) looks. He's good looking player, he runs with a great center of gravity and he looks like he isn't going to get knocked off his feet very easily."
Richt added that the freshmen linemen are athletic; the freshmen linebackers are learning, defensive back Brandon Smith is "lightning quick" and has "good ball skills," and that defensive back Shawn Williams practices very hard while learning what to do.