Football: Georgia starts practice on Monday

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Football: Georgia starts practice on Monday

D'Marcus Hayes (78) on the first day of Fall Camp 2019.
D’Marcus Hayes (78) on the first day of fall camp 2019.

Amidst all of the drama that’s going on in college football right now, some great news came out of Kirby Smart’s interview with Atlanta’s 680 The Fan on Thursday night. He confirmed UGASports.com’s initial report that the Bulldogs will indeed kick off fall camp Monday afternoon.

During the interview, Smart said that his Bulldogs will begin the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimation period by working out in helmets only Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for what will be the first of two days in shorts and shoulder pads.

The NCAA mandates that teams will be required to take off days every week during the course of camp.

“The fifth day, the NCAA allows us to put on full pads, so we will be in pads next week,” said Smart.

He also went on to explain that the team will have six weeks of fall camp to prepare for the season opener on Sept. 26.

Unfortunately Georgia doesn’t know who their first opponent will be, but the SEC is expected to release each team’s respective schedules sometime soon. Last week, the Bulldogs learned that its new 10-game conference only schedule will include Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Kirby Smart during opening day of fall camp in 2019.
Kirby Smart during opening day of fall camp in 2019.

Smart really didn’t get to open up during the brief interview, but he did admit that he’s liked what he’s seen far from this year’s leadership group.

“We’ve got a really good core group, and out of all the teams we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Smart said. “I’ve spent more time with the leadership group and with the players, visiting with them more than any of the other four probably combined, because you’ve got to hear their voices.

“We’ve got social injustice going on in the world, we’ve got unbelievable things happening with COVID and the pandemic. With the fear of getting sick, there’s just so much information out there, and it’s coming so fast that we made a concerted effort as a staff to take time, hear their voices, and ask them what can we do to assure them that everything is going to be OK.”

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