ATHENS, Ga. --- After a Wednesday scrimmage that drew less than rave reviews, the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs returned to practice with better results from a two-and-a-half-hour session in shoulder pads and shorts on Thursday morning.
"I thought they were competing and getting after it pretty good," head coach Mark Richt said. "They cranked it up and decided to have a little fun. We got a lot of really good work in. I'm certain we got better today."
The Bulldogs' ninth preseason practice was conducted under overcast skies, beginning at approximately 8:45 and wrapping up with a couple of spirited 11-on-11 periods.
Following practice, Georgia's defensive freshmen and junior college transfers who joined the team this fall were available for interviews for the first time during preseason camp.
Tom Wylie was in Athens on Thursday and he caught up with a trio of former local stars hoping to make an impact with the Bulldogs: Aquinas's Brendan Douglas and Thomson's John Atkins and Jordan Davis. All three are hoping to see some playing time this year.
Douglas, who played fullback at Aquinas, is working as a running back in Athens and will likely be part of special teams coverage units. Jordan Davis has been working as the #2 tight end because of injuries. And John Atkins, who started his college career at Georgia Military College, is hoping to make an impact on the Bulldogs defensive line.
The Bulldogs are slated to open their 2013 schedule on August 31 at No. 8 Clemson. The contest, which is 2013's only season-opening top-10 matchup, will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
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