ATHENS—–Under sunny skies, the Georgia Bulldogs held a two-hour practice in full pads Wednesday as they finalize preparations for the Auburn Tigers.
“We went on the FieldTurf because the grass fields are still wet as we’ve had about 15 days of rain,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said after the workout. “We thought about practicing on the grass but it’s just slick. Our kickers were up there on the grass, and they all slipped.”
During a portion of Wednesday’s session, the Bulldogs practiced with crowd noise and band music and plan on doing it again Thursday. Richt added that it’s hard to get the cadence right but it’s a way for the team to get used to the noise. Also, Richt stressed the importance of playing sound defense against Auburn’s up-tempo attack.
“You better get used to it and be ready to go,” Richt said. “We’re used to lining up quickly and Coach Pruitt gets the calls in quick because Auburn likes to go fast. Also, you have to have a super short memory. Don’t let the last play beat you.”
Last year in Athens, Auburn struck first for a 7-0 lead, and then the 14th-ranked Bulldogs blanked the ninth-ranked Tigers the rest of the way for a 34-7 victory.
Georgia (6-3, 4-3 SEC) will conclude the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday. Then, the Bulldogs play host to Georgia Southern on Nov. 21 (7 pm, ESPNU) and finish the regular season at Georgia Tech on Nov. 28 (TBA).
Saturday’s game against Auburn (5-4, 2-4 SEC) will kick off at Noon (EST) on CBS. The broadcast team will feature Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (analyst) and Jenny Dell (sidelines).