Dawgs Have Walkthrough Before Bowl

SHREVEPORT, LA - Georgia football held a brief walkthrough Sunday morning at its Shreveport hotel just one day prior to the Independence Bowl against Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs and Aggies kickoff Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern at Independence Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham calling the action.

Head coach Mark Richt, quarterback Joe Cox and defensive tackle Jeff Owens addressed the media one last time before the game in a press conference at Independence Stadium. They offered the following comments:

Head coach Mark Richt

Opening statement…

"It's about time to play. They've done about everything they could do in preparation. We had our final walkthrough this morning. We will have dinner and some meetings tonight. Actually, we'll have a few more meetings tomorrow but the physical part is done. We're just finishing up on the mental part. I think we've had good preparation. I'm really proud of the guys' attitudes towards getting ready for this game, and of course these two guys (seniors Joe Cox and Jeff Owens) have been tremendous for us. It's been a blessing for me to hang around them for the five years they've been here."

On how defensive preparations went…

"I thought it was outstanding. I think it's a tribute to our players really. If the players didn't want to take on the challenge and buy into what we were trying to do I think it would have been very difficult. Guys like Jeff (Owens) and a lot of our leaders really took the responsibility to make this thing work. Coach (Rodney) Garner, coach (Mitch) Doolittle and Todd Hartley took a lot of hours and spent a lot of time to put the plan together, but the plan is designed for the players. This game is not as much about the coaches as it is about the players. I think they've done a nice job of putting the players in the position to make the plays."

On having an edge for this game…

"First of all, we've prepared for and we want to win this game for our seniors. We want to win this game for the 2009 season. It's the finish of this year. A lot of people talk about it catapulting you into the future. We don't really spend time talking about that. We talk about this year. We talk about finishing strong for this season and this group of seniors. That's what our main focus is. I think our guys will very exciting about playing because they have a lot of respect for Texas A&M."

On Florida head coach Urban Meyer

"I don't know what's going on. I don't think anybody really knows what's going on unless there's been more news today that I haven't heard. I just respect Coach Meyer, number one, as a person and as a coach. I feel like doing the same job as he does at a different school but in the same conference I can understand why if there is some type of health issue it is probably very wise to do what he is doing. Not knowing what's all going on, all I can say is my wife and I prayed last night for him and his family. Some people may not know this, but my wife had cervical cancer a couple years back and Coach Meyer was one of the first guys to call me to let me know that he and his wife were thinking about us. I tried to call him last night but his voicemail was just loaded up, so I didn't get an opportunity to get through to him. I hope that whatever he is going through is not too serious, but it's certainly serious enough to make this kind of change which is huge."

Senior Quarterback, #14 Joe Cox:

On the biggest win for the Bulldogs this season in his opinion…

"I think the (Georgia) Tech win by far. I never realized how big of a rivalry game it was until they beat us because the whole time I had been at Georgia they hadn't beat us. It was a very difficult year after they beat us in 2008. I would say that was the biggest win so far."

On this being his last game at Georgia…

"It's definitely hit us. It's something that we've all been talking about as seniors. It definitely has gone a lot faster than you ever think it would. We really don't have time to get caught up in emotions of it being our last game. We're just focused on what we have to do tomorrow at four o'clock. Whatever emotions come after that, we'll let them come. At this point, we are just approaching it as if it was the first game of the season or any other game."

Senior Defensive Tackle, #95 Jeff Owens:

On this being his last game at Georgia…

"The emotions are going to be high. It's going to be hard going out knowing that it's going to be my last time wearing the red hat. I'm really going to miss this place. It's been the best five years of my life. I'm really going to enjoy the moment of it, but like Joe (Cox) said it's more like you got to handle the business of things."

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