August 21, 2009: Georgia Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia wrapped up another week of practice with a two-hour session Friday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he liked how the team practiced the past two days in tough, hot conditions.

"The coaches were coaching their tails off and the guys responded well," said Richt. "We need days like today. They fought real well out there."

When asked about the competition at tailback, Richt stated that sophomore Richard Samuel was a "solid number one."

"Richard is playing with a lot of energy, good stamina, and he goes hard," Richt said. "We hope as the game goes on, he gets stronger and can blaze a trail. When other guys start to fatigue, he looks even faster. He wants to play, he wants to block, he wants to get the job done. He has a comfortable air about him and that gives people confidence."

Richt added that redshirt freshman tailback Carlton Thomas has been doing a nice job and that the staff is anxious to get sophomore tailback Caleb King healthy too. Sophomore center Ben Jones remains day-to-day due to an ankle injury, and he may be back next week, according to Richt.

Earlier this summer, Richt indicated that several true freshmen skill players and a couple defensive players would see action this season, and that still is the case as the season opener approaches.

"I'd say a majority of them are absolutely in the race and some are in the thick of it while some are on the fringe," said Richt. "Usually, it's about game four when you have to decide if someone is going to redshirt. We'll see when the dust settles, and they get in a routine. Once, the freshmen learn what do, they are not as confused and can start playing faster plus you look at injuries and some may be forced to play."

The Bulldogs will return to the practice field Saturday before taking part in the annual Fans' Picture Day at Sanford Stadium.

Uga VII and the other Georgia sports teams will be available from 1-3 p.m. The Georgia football players and coaches will be on hand for photographs and autographs from 3-5 p.m. Fans will be able to enter Picture Day through Gate 6 located off East Campus Road and Gate 2 located on Sanford Drive across from the UGA Bookstore and Tate Student Center. Both gates will open at noon. Fans may bring in just two items to be signed, and Picture Day event staff will enforce this number at both the main entrances and autograph line entrances.

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