Richt likes intensity as Bulldogs practice in full pads
ATHENS, Ga. (WRCB/UGA) -- The University of Georgia football team put on full pads for the first time this fall in its fifth practice of preseason camp Monday morning.
Head coach Mark Richt seemed pleased with his team's intensity during the two-hour full-contact workout, which followed two days in shorts and helmets and two days in shoulder pads.
"This was Day 5 of acclimation and we'll start two-a-days (Tuesday)," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "My impression of the team is that I have no complaints at all about the effort. That part has been outstanding."
Defensive end Abry Jones missed Monday's workout with a knee contusion, while fellow defensive end Ray Drew sat out the session with a concussion. Offensive guard Chris Burnette missed Monday's practice due to illness, while defensive back Marc Deas was sidelined with a hamstring strain.
The offense got the better of the defense in 3-on-3 drills, with senior running back Richard Samuel scoring the final touchdown in the offensive unit's 5-4 win.
Samuel moved to fullback in spring practice, but is working at both fullback and tailback during fall camp because of depth concerns at the position.
"We talked about it, and I told him we need him to be ready to play at either spot," Richt said. "Getting reps at tailback will not keep him from starting at fullback. When he's in the meeting room, he's involved with both. And he's in good enough condition to get reps at both."
The Bulldogs will begin two-a-day practices Tuesday with a special teams session in the morning followed by a workout and shorts and helmets in the afternoon. UGA will hold its first preseason scrimmage on Wednesday.
Sixth-ranked Georgia will play host to Buffalo in the season opener Sept. 1 at 12:21 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live by the SEC Network.