For Immediate Release from UGA

ATHENS —— The Georgia Bulldogs worked out for just over two hours this afternoon in the second of their pre-season football practices.

For the second straight day, the Bulldogs dodged thunderstorms in order to get their practice in. Whereas the weather yesterday caused a shortened workout, the line of storms that rolled through Athens today merely delayed practice roughly an hour after the scheduled time.

The difference in performance from Georgia’s first practice to the next was measurable, according to head coach Kirby Smart.  ‘’I thought the kids pushed harder today,’’ he said.  ‘’The first day I think the time off got ‘em a little bit.  They weren’t quite ready to go because we gave them three or four days off.  Today there was much more energy, much more passion and a lot fewer mistakes.’’

Despite 15 practices in the spring and two more this week, no single starting job has been won yet, Smart said.  Much of the pre-season period will determine who gets the nod in the season opener.  ‘’I would say that every position is a dead tie,’’ said Smart.  ‘’All you guys (media) have got the secondary anointed, and you’re worried about the quarterback, too.  But there are 22 — plus the kicker and punter, so that makes 24 — that we’re all worried about.’’

The Bulldogs will resume pre-season practices Wednesday with their first workout in full pads.  They’ll have an open practice this Saturday to kick off the 2016 Fan Day celebration at Sanford Stadium.  Georgia opens the 2016 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta.  Kickoff is schedule for 5:30 p.m. (EDT).