Richt: Dawgs Needed Quick Break

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt had the perfect remedy for Thursday's sub-par practice — a little pool time, and a lot of watermelon.

With a kicking scrimmage in between, the Bulldogs spent two hours at Ramsey Center pool in lieu of practice Friday morning before ending the day with their annual watermelon cutting at Sanford Stadium.

The swim break was much needed.

"We've been grinding all camp, and hot, sweaty, your body's aching, you're sore," said senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens. "In the back of our minds we're thinking we need the time to rest. And what do you know. A swim day."

Like every camp, many Bulldogs tested their mettle on Ramsey's 30-meter high dive — the smallest of which was not 320-pound freshman Kwame Geathers.

"A couple of big guys jumped off, like Kwame Geathers," said junior linebacker Rennie Curran. "He was huge. I saw a lot of waves coming up."

The tradition of surprising his players with a trip to Ramsey has been a staple under Richt, and Friday, with the final scrimmage of camp set for Saturday, was no exception. Players said they actually boarded the bus to go to Sanford, and when they got there, just kept on going.

Richt, never one to shy away from the high dive, actually jumped in with all his clothes on this time around.

"You gotta love a coach that gets in with the fellas like that," Owens said.

But not everybody fared so well — Curran said he did a flip and landed on his face, and redshirt freshman linebacker Jackson Griffeth attempted something along the lines of a triple backflip.

Emphasis on "back."

"Griffeth hit his back, you can't beat that," Owens said. "It looked bad."

Griffeth, with a heavily bruised back, was held out of practice during Friday's evening session.

"I'd hate to think about what it's going to look like in a couple days," Richt said.


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