PHOTOS: UGA Opens Spring Practice

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PHOTOS: UGA Opens Spring Practice

[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia’s football team had its first of 15 spring practice sessions on Tuesday afternoon under sunny skies and temperatures hovering near 80 degrees.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Bulldogs will return to the practice fields on Thursday and later host G-Day, which is their annual spring scrimmage, on April 11 at 2 p.m.
[su_spacer size=”40″] While Wednesday is not a practice day for Georgia, 16 former Bulldogs will work out for and meet with NFL scouts and team personnel at the annual Pro-Day at the Butts-Mehre facility.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “This first day was a good day, and one where we got a lot of work done,” said Georgia head coach Mark Richt.  “We absolutely have a long, long way to go, as expected, but I saw a lot of guys out there who were being coachable and teachable.  You could tell some guys knew the tempo and some of the new ones looked lost.  But our early enrollees will be in a lot better shape in the fall when their fellow classmates start practice.”
[su_spacer size=”20″] [foogallery id=”53389″] [su_spacer size=”20″] This marked the first practice for eight early enrollees who came to Athens in January.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “I was not even sure of the jersey numbers for the new guys today,” Richt said.  “I was more making sure the tempo was up and that people were going in the right direction.  I saw a lot of wide eyes from that crew today.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] In addition to sophomores Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and junior Brendan Douglas in the backfield, the Bulldogs also welcome back senior Keith Marshall and redshirt sophomore A.J. Turman, who are returning from injuries during their careers.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “Marshall is in a situation of no limitations and I think he is getting back in playing shape,” said Richt about Marshall who finished with 759 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman in 2012.  “A.J. has been moving well with no setbacks.  We weren’t doing a lot of change of direction today, but he did cut across the field a couple times and looked good.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Bulldogs open their 2015 season against the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Athens on September 15.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.