ATHENS, Ga. — A break in the forecast allowed the Georgia football team to conduct its workout outside on Thursday, the Bulldogs’ 10th of 15 practices this spring. The full-pads session lasted approximately two and a half hours and included a large contingent of university faculty watching prior to an appreciation dinner in their honor at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia’s spring campaign will culminate with the annual G-Day game on Saturday, April 20. G-Day has been a huge draw among the Georgia fan base over the last three years. In 2016, an SEC-record 93,000 fans packed Sanford Stadium in April. The following year, the Bulldogs drew 63,133, which ranked fifth nationally for spring game attendance. Georgia hosted the second-largest crowd in the nation for last year’s spring contest, a total of 82,184.
After Tuesday’s workout, players from both the Bulldogs’ offense and defense met with the media and talked about Georgia’s progress to date and the upcoming spring game.
“(G-Day) is awesome,” quarterback Jake Fromm said. “It’s really better than a home game because you have only your fans there. It’s extremely awesome to see the fans who don’t always get the opportunity to come to a regular home game, but they’re there for G-Day and you just get to see how everyone loves being in Sanford Stadium.”
Fromm was a senior in high school for what is commonly referred to as 93K Day in 2016.
“It was incredible to see a fan base that cared so much about the football program,” Fromm said. “It was exciting, and I think a good indicator of where the program was going in the future. It definitely had an impact on me.”
Over the past two G-Days Fromm has completed a combined 33-of-61 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensive back Mark Webb suffered an injury just prior to last year’s G-Day contest, which makes him even more eager for this year’s contest.
“I can’t wait for G-Day, especially since I missed it last year,” Webb said. “I heard so much about it. The Dawg Walk and getting to see the fans, stuff like that doesn’t get old. It never gets old. It’s the best day. It’s really a day all about Georgia because everybody comes out and you get to put on a show for the fans who come from so far away and the families who are part of the Georgia tradition.”
Admission is free for G-Day, with kickoff slated for 2:00 on April 20. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.