ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia football team on Wednesday had its ninth practice of the preseason camp, including its second inside UGA’s new $30.2-million, 102,306-square-foot Indoor Athletic Facility (IAF).
The practice in shoulder pads and shorts lasted just over two hours.
Afterward, select defensive players talked about how preseason camp has been going.
Linebacker Reggie Carter, who rolled up 45 tackles — to match his uniform number — last year, said he and his fellow veterans have been serving as mentors to the younger players.
“Our message to them is to embrace the grind,” Carter, a senior, said. “We’ve been encouraging the younger guys, trying to help them out and be an example for them. They’re all eager and ready to learn, and they all want to get out and play to help the team. I’ve been through a lot since I’ve been here, so it feels great to help the young guys. Seeing how eager they are reminds me of when I was a freshman.”
Senior cornerback Aaron Davis said the Bulldogs have been using camp to set and start working toward their season’s goals.
“We’re hungry,” said Davis, who had 54 stops and two interceptions a year ago. “We’ve got high goals, high standards for each other, and we want to meet them. We’re all hungry to get something done this year. Camp is going pretty well. I’ve seen a lot of guys competing and getting after it.”
The Bulldogs return 10 defensive starters from a year ago when Georgia ranked fourth in the SEC and 16th nationally in total defense.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Thursday and will practice through Saturday this week. Georgia starts classes on Monday. The 2017 season opener will Saturday, Sept. 2, against Appalachian State. Kickoff is slated for 6:15 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN.