2009 Fall Camp: Day Ten Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia celebrated the unofficial end of preseason camp on Friday with a dip in the pool and the traditional watermelon cutting.

The Bulldogs were slated to go to Sanford Stadium for a special teams workout Friday morning, but the buses instead went to the Ramsey Center. Inside, the players were able to swim in the various pools and dive off the boards, including the 10-meter.

The players said the pool trip was a welcome respite from the rigors of camp.

"For the last two weeks, it's been a grind," defensive tackle Jeff Owens said. "This was a great relief. During camp, we've been hot, sweaty and aching. I thought it was about a time for a break, and what do you know? We got one today."

"Going to the pool is a chance for all of us to relax," cornerback Vance Cuff said. "It's a great atmosphere to talk and get to know each other better and build chemistry. A day like this gives you some life back heading into the rest of camp."

"It was refreshing," safety Makiri Pugh said. "It's been a hard camp with two-a-days. We were really tired, so it was a relief."

The Bulldogs then had their special teams session later in the day, which culminated with the players, coaches and support staff members being treated to ice-cold watermelon slices.

"With the pool and the watermelons, it was a good day," said Coach Mark Richt, who jumped twice from the 10-meter board and had watermelon juice stains on his shirt. "Everybody enjoyed the pool. We normally stay 30 to 40 minutes, but we were there for about two hours. We had a blast. It was a lot of fun."

Georgia will close camp on Saturday with a scrimmage before classes start on Monday. Richt was asked what his expectations for the scrimmage were.

"I would like to see the No. 2 units provide more of a challenge to the No. 1s," Richt said. "I want the 2s to bow their necks and make plays on both sides of the ball and make it a competition."

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