"We're all here, actually everybody checked in about 30 minutes ahead of schedule so that's good," said Richt. "We'll be focused when it's time to practice and we're looking forward to visiting Barksdale Air Force Base and thanking the men and women for their service to our country."
The Bulldogs and Aggies were treated to a welcome party at the military base. Brigadier General Rich Clark, who played in the Independence Bowl 25 years ago for the Air Force Academy and now is stationed at Barksdale, spoke briefly to the Bulldogs. Several pilots showed the teams the various airplanes at the base. Then, the teams visited the players' gift suite where they could choose their bowl gifts. Finally, the afternoon concluded with dinner and ice cream before returning to the hotel for meetings.
Bulldog quarterback Joe Cox selected a digital photo frame and an iPOD clock radio for his bowl gifts. Georgia senior cornerback Prince Miller chose a Sony surround system, and said he is looking forward to playing in the bowl game.
"We're excited to be here and ready to represent for the SEC," said Miller.
Georgia will return to practice on Friday. Christmas will begin with a morning visit to patients at the LSU Health Science Center followed by an afternoon practice at Independence Stadium. There will be a team dinner at Georgia's hotel. The Bulldogs will practice Saturday and hold a walk-through session Sunday before Monday's game with Texas A&M.