Dawgs Practice in Rain, Cold

ATHENS - Georgia practiced for 45 minutes in preparation for the Independence Bowl during cold and rainy conditions on Friday morning.

Friday's practice marked the third day of practice in a string of seven straight days. The Bulldogs have a travel day on Dec. 23 before reconvening in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 24.

"It was pretty cold, rainy and windy," said head coach Mark Richt. "Justin Anderson said it was the coldest he's ever been at a practice in his entire life. All those seniors who graduated today were doubly blessed because usually they don't practice and today's practice was a good one to not be at."

Twelve action Bulldog football players missed practice due to Friday's commencement.

The list includes defensive end Rod Battle of Atlanta; free safety Stephen Braue of Alpharetta; quarterback Joe Cox of Charlotte, N.C.; defensive tackle Ricardo Crawford of Fair Bluff, N.C.; free safety Bryan Evans of Jacksonville, Fla.; placekicker Andrew Jensen of Lawrenceville; cornerback Prince Miller of Duncan, S.C.; split end Mike Moore of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; defensive tackle Jeff Owens of Sunrise, Fla.; offensive tackle Vincent Vance of Hinesville, Ga.; linebacker Marcus Washington of Keysville; and defensive tackle Kade Weston of Red Bank, N.J.

"I was asked if (graduation) is as exciting as winning an SEC championship, and in a lot of ways it is," Richt said. "An SEC championship, people will remember that, but events like that tend to fade a little bit over time. When you have your degree it really blesses those guys for their entire lives."

Also graduating will be former All-SEC linebacker and 12-year NFL veteran Randall Godfrey of Valdosta and football (1994-95), baseball (1994-96) letterman and former Bulldog football player Erik Robinson of Orlando, Fla., and former wide receiver Tony Wilson of Daytona Beach, Fla.

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