Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) breaks a long run for a touchdown in the second half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 56-20. (Photo: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)
ATHENS-----The fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs held a two-hour practice in full pads Wednesday as the team gets set to face Georgia Southern.
Bulldog coach Mark Richt said preparations have been going well this week as Georgia (9-1) is focused on the Eagles triple-option attack. Georgia has practiced in full pads every day this week and likely will do it again Thursday. Normally, Georgia holds only one workout a week in full pads, usually on Tuesday.
"We did a better job today of simulating Georgia Southern's offense, and we'll put on pads tomorrow for a while at least," said Richt. "Coach (Todd) Grantham thinks we need some more work in full pads so we'll do that. We did this a year ago before the Tech game. You can't hardly practice against it (triple-option offense) without pads, and overall, I thought practice had a good tempo."
Richt added that the scout team watched film of how Georgia Southern runs its offense to help them go full speed including the cut blocking.
"Normally, you don't cut block your teammates in practice, but you have to prepare for it because it's going to happen in the game. If you're not ready, you're going to be in trouble, and we may still be, we'll see how we do," Richt added.
The Eagles (8-2) feature the top rushing attack in the Football Championship Subdivision (FBS). They have tallied 4,012 yards on the ground including eight 300-yard rushing games this year.
In injury news released late Wednesday, Georgia junior linebacker Chase Vasser will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. He has been out of action the last three weeks. Vasser is slated to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum next Tuesday in Athens at St. Mary's Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.
Saturday's game will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the contest will be televised by WSB-TV.