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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Practice Notes

I'll have some news and notes from the interviews I did today, but for the most part, there wasn't anything too exciting that came from practice today. Mark Richt said the freshmen QBs showed some improvement, said the defense looked a bit more energetic than the offense, and said talked about how excited he is for Pro Day tomorrow. He said the players working out for scouts (and all 32 teams will have reps there) are "interviewing for a dream job" and he has told all his current players to be there to see what it's like.

Anyway, I'll have some more stuff posted in a while, but in the meantime, here's UGA's practice notes, courtesy of the fine folks in the Sports Information office...

The University of Georgia football team practiced for two hours during its second spring practice of the year at the Woodruff practice fields on Wednesday afternoon.

Following Wednesday's session, head coach Mark Richt was pleased with his team's performance this early in the spring.

"We had an outstanding practice today," Richt said. "There were some things from (Tuesday) that we talked about in the coaches meetings and to the team and I think we corrected all of them for the most part. The defense was leading us with their effort and enthusiasm and as a whole, I though we got
better today."

While the Bulldogs do not have a practice scheduled for Thursday, Georgia will be hosting its annual NFL Pro Day, which gives the seniors from the previous season and any underclassmen who declared early a chance to work out for scouts, coaches and administrators from NFL teams. Richt said the workouts were not mandatory for his current team to attend, but he did encourage his players to come and watch.

"This is one of, if not the, biggest Pro Days we have had since 2000 so I told our current players to stop by at some point to see what it's like for these former players to basically have a job interview for what they
consider the job of a lifetime," said Richt.

Prior to Wednesday's practice, former NFL head coach Tony Dungy held a joint press conference with Richt as they announced the expansion of the national fatherhood program, All Pro Dad, into collegiate football. Dungy then addressed the team for 30 minutes before the Bulldogs' second practice of the spring.

"I can't tell you how many hours we spend trying to find ways to help our guys enrich their lives," said Richt. "We are thrilled to have (Coach Dungy) here with us and I think it is always beneficial to have someone here who is dead serious about helping our players grow into being great fathers."

Dungy was also excited to involve Georgia in the All Pro Dad program.

"We thought UGA was a great place to start because I know what kind of man (Coach Richt) is and what kind of heart he has so I think this is a perfect fit, Dungy said.

1 comment:

Mike In Valdosta said...

Here is the postcard to all future recruit's Mamas:

"We thought UGA was a great place to start because I know what kind of man (Coach Richt) is and what kind of heart he has so I think this is a perfect fit, Dungy said.

No taking shirts off, no talk of pumping gas, no guarantees of playing time, just 4 years having this man lead your child.