August 26, 2009: Georgia Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia conducted a "practice game" against Oklahoma State on Wednesday, complete with a marching band version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" and other crowd noise blaring through the Sanford Stadium sound system.

Georgia's first- and second-team offenses and defenses scrimmaged against the Bulldogs' scout team units with lukewarm results, according to head coach Mark Richt.

"We're not going to beat Oklahoma State playing like that," Richt said. "I'm glad we have 10 more days to prepare. There were too many penalties. One of the penalties forced us to kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown. Offensively, we were just erratic. We did make some fine defensive plays and had good, solid tackling.

"We substituted pretty freely because it was so warm," Richt continued. "It wasn't awful, but we were playing most of our first- and second-team guys against the rest of the team. You'd kind of like to see more explosiveness out of your offense under those conditions. I probably need to give some credit to some of the young defensive guys."

Richt announced that the coaching staff has selected captains for the opener. Joe Cox will serve as captain of the offense, Rennie Curran and Jeff Owens will captain the defense and Demarcus Dobbs will be special teams captain.

"We had a lost of guys to choose from," Richt said. "A lot of names crossed my mind, which is good."

The Bulldogs will take Thursday off before returning to practice on Friday.


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