2009 Fall Camp: Day Six Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia staged their first two-a-day on Monday, working out in full pads for the first time this fall in the morning and then returning for a "shells" session in the afternoon.

"I feel like we're in good shape," head coach Mark Richt said. "It's only practice seven of 29 and there is a lot of work to do. If we continue to bring the same tempo, attitude and focus, we're going to be OK."

The Bulldogs practiced for just over two hours in the morning, then returned for another two-plus hour workout in the afternoon.

Richt was impressed with his team's conditioning on a sweltering day. Temperatures reached the low-90s by the end of the first practice and stretched into the high-90s during the afternoon.

"We went two times today for the first time, and it was our first day in full pads," Richt said. "This morning, we scrimmaged a little big on inside drill and goal line. We were live and it was good competition. I liked the way we came back and competed this afternoon even as hot as it was. I was a little concerned, but I didn't see anybody cramp up during practice."

For senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens, the morning practice was his first time in full pads since suffering a season-ending knee injury early in the first quarter of the 2008 opener against Georgia Southern.

"It was real intense," Owens said. "For the first time out there in full pads...I felt great. I feel like I got better and got some of the rust off. It was a step forward in my progression. I'm focusing on fundamentals and technique and just trying to get better."

The Bulldogs' crowded competition at tailback continued. After wearing a green jersey in the morning, true freshman Washaun Ealey was back in a white jersey for the second practice.

"He went full this afternoon," Richt said. "In the morning he was in a green jersey. He's wearing a brace so his elbow won't hyperextend. He wants to compete and that's good."

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