Dawgs Conclude Athens Bowl Practices

ATHENS - Georgia wrapped up preparations in Athens for their upcoming bowl game in Louisiana by conducting a 75-minute workout Tuesday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said that the Bulldogs have had productive workouts here and now will have a travel day Wednesday before the team reconvenes Thursday by 3:30 p.m. ET in Shreveport, site of the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.

"It was a pretty good last day, everybody did a nice job and we finished up with some conditioning that was cut in half thanks to Brandon Boykin," said Richt.

It has become customary during the final bowl practice for Richt to ask if any member of the team is willing to sing a holiday tune to cut down on the number of sprints the team has to run at the end of practice. Former offensive lineman Chester Adams was known for his ability to carry a tune and was always the first to step up for the squad.

"Brandon Boykin jumped up and sang something about a mistletoe, and I know everybody appreciated that," said Richt. "He saved his teammates over 500 yards of running."

Richt also announced that everybody on the team is eligible for the bowl game and that 43 players posted a grade point average of at least a 3.0.

"We don't have any issues, it was a very successful semester academically, and that's a great job by our players and academic support staff," said Richt.

The Bulldogs (7-5) are slated to arrive on their own Thursday and then depart for a team activity at Barksdale Air Force Base. Georgia will return to practice on Friday. Christmas will begin with a morning visit to patients at a local hospital followed by an afternoon practice at Independence Stadium and then dinner at the team hotel. The Bulldogs will practice Saturday and hold a walk-through session Sunday before Monday's game with Texas A&M.

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