Tennessee Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia conducted a two-and-a-half-hour practice in full pads on Tuesday as they work toward this Saturday's SEC date at Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC). Afterward, head coach Mark Richt gave his team's performance a thumb's up.

"Overall, the energy and effort were very good from start to finish," Richt said.

Before practice, Richt informed the Bulldogs of this week's captains. Shaun Chapas will serve as captain of the offense, Rennie Curran and Jeff Owens will represent the defense and Drew Butler will captain the special teams.

Richt also discussed the trip to Knoxville during the Bulldogs' weekly press luncheon held earlier on Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum.

"I guess this will be the fifth time that I¹ve gone there as head coach at Georgia, and it never gets any easier," Richt said. "They have an unbelievable atmosphere there. We have to do our best to try to help educate our young players of what it¹s going to be like. Until you go there, you just don¹t really get it. We¹ve had a couple of away games and the atmospheres have been outstanding, but when you get the numbers over 100,000 it does make a difference. We have to get our guys ready for that.

"This is a game where both teams want to get back on track," Richt continued. "We certainly had a tough ball game this last week. All of our games have been tough to this point. All of our games have been close. To come out on the losing end after winning three thrillers was a little tough to swallow. The bottom line is Tennessee is not going to feel sorry for us. We can¹t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to buckle it up and get ready to go. Everything that I¹ve seen so far from our guys has been outstanding. Sunday¹s weightlifting and running and practice; they were back at work, so it was good to see that.²

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