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Bulldogs Hold Unusual Practice

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt surprised the team Thursday, taking the players to the pool at the Ramsey Center's Gabrielsen Natatorium for a break from the heat between practices in the first day of two-a-days.

"We've been working hard and haven't missed a day yet," Richt said. "It's been extremely hot with record temperatures. We try to do something like this every year for camaraderie and fun, and I think they enjoyed it."

At the pool, several players along with Richt jumped off diving boards as high as 10 meters. Richt performed two dives off the high board where he did a back flip in the air, something he said he had not attempted in three years.

"This morning was our first day of full pads, said Richt.  "This was an exciting day, an exciting orning. We had 25 minutes of tackling going three-on-three with the defense winning seven to six. The number one defense dominated the number two offense while the number one offense and the number two defense were pretty even. The number one defense did a really good job today and that doesn't surprise me. I think the defense has caught some slack, but they were the No. 8 defense in the country last year and I think people thought too much of the spring. Today was a good day for the defense."

Richt went on to say that freshman John Knox, from Statesboro, just joined the team.  He will be in shorts for a mandatory five-day acclimation period and might be up to speed with the team on his fourth day and could go in shells on that day or it might be on his fifth day with the team when he is able to practice in shells.

When asked about the depth chart, Richt indicated that no depth chart alterations are being made right now, but that everyone is getting equal reps. If depth chart moves were to happen, he said it would probably be after the first scrimmage.

Richt also mentioned that Mikey Henderson hurt his hip and that he would have to wait and see on his status. Richt also noted that Chester Adams sprained his ankle and Quentin Banks was hit in the head but believes he will be all right.

Georgia, which is ranked 13th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, opens the season at Sanford Stadium against Oklahoma State on Sept. 1. Kickoff against the Cowboys is slated for 6:45 p.m.

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