August 23, 2007

Dawgs struggle in practice game

The Georgia Bulldogs had a practice game on Thursday night in somewhat cooler temperatures than usual. Despite the break the weather gave them, the Georgia offense had a sub par performance according to several offensive players including starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Bulldogs played one half of football against their scout team who were emulating Oklahoma State.

Head Coach Mark Richt also noticed the lack of energy and with only six practices to go before kickoff, he hopes the pick it up. Senior tailback Thomas Brown will start against Oklahoma State marking an impressive recovery from a torn ACL in less than a year's time.

Here is what Coach Richt had to say after the practice game:

Matthew Stafford said that there was not a lot of energy offensively. Did you see that out there?

I agree with that.

Are you as disappointed with that as he was?

We try to simulate the game. We did the pre-game warm-up like we normally would. We tried our best to simulate one half of football and the only things we could not simulate were the Dawg Walk, the enthusiasm of the crowd, and the reality of playing in front of 96,000 people and the millions on television. That was probably the biggest difference. The energy level was not what you hoped it would be for a practice game. We could not simulate much enthusiasm. It was lackluster.

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