South Carolina Week: Sunday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia held their first Sunday night practice of the 2009 season, working out for 60 minutes.

Georgia opted to change it weekly practice schedule this season, featuring a Sunday practice followed by an off day Monday. The Bulldogs will resume daily practices Tuesday through Friday leading up to the Southeastern Conference opener with South Carolina here Saturday. In the previous eight seasons under Bulldog head coach Mark Richt, Georgia took Sunday off and practiced Monday through Friday.

"Everything was well-organized tonight, and it went off without a hitch," said Richt. "It's going to be a good change for us."

Junior fullback Shaun Chapas said the Sunday practice went well.

"I liked it," said Chapas. "We came in today and looked at film and started to correct our mistakes. We looked at a little film of South Carolina and now we have to get ready for our next opportunity to play."

Earlier on Sunday, it was announced that for the second time in his Bulldog career, sophomore offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant will miss a season due a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A 6-5, 306-pound native of Wadesboro, N.C., Sturdivant injured his left knee midway through the third quarter this past Saturday against ninth-ranked Oklahoma State. Sturdivant missed the entire 2008 season and spring drills in 2009 due to reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation after his first ACL injury. In 2007, he earned Freshman All-America honors after starting all 13 games for the Bulldogs at left tackle. The first knee injury happened during preseason practice in August of 2008.

South Carolina opened their season last Thursday with a 7-3 road win over N.C. State. The Gamecocks lost junior starting middle linebacker Rodney Paulk for the season due to a right knee injury in that contest. South Carolina is opening with two straight road games for the eighth time in school history, and it has never won both of them. Prior to this year, the last time they opened the season with two road games was 1999, and their opponents were also N.C. State and Georgia (both losses).

The Gamecocks have served as the SEC-opening opponent for the Bulldogs since they joined the league in 1992. Georgia leads the all-time series 45-14-2, and Richt is 6-2 versus the Gamecocks.

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