August 15, 2006

Dawgs wrap up preseason camp

The Georgia Bulldogs capped off their preseason camp Tuesday afternoon after more than a week and a half filled with practices in unforgiving heat and meetings lasting well into the night. When the sun rises Wednesday, the Bulldogs will begin the transition of balancing school and football, another sign that the Sept. 2 season opener against Western Kentucky is drawing closer and closer.

"I would just have to say today being the last day of camp, they looked like it was the last day of camp - very, very tired and ragged," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. "They started out pretty good but they ran out of gas. I guess it's pretty understandable."

With tomorrow being the first day of classes, the Bulldog coaching staff plans to lighten the load on the players with a shorter practice which will be in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads.

"Right now, they're tired, the coaches are tired," Richt said. "The routine of school will probably be a blessing for everybody; I know it will be for me."

On the field, Georgia's freshmen who were praised by Richt early in preseason camp didn't end with the same fire they started with after being hit head-on with practices many were not used to seeing on the high school level.

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