Special to the Journal
ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 6-ranked Georgia Bulldogs practiced for just over an hour in jerseys and shorts on Tuesday afternoon in Athens with an eye on Wednesday’s scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. The third scrimmage of the preseason will serve as a “practice game” for the season opener against Buffalo, which is a week from this Saturday.
“Today’s practice was fine,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We got accomplished what we meant to get accomplished which was getting our scouts teams for Buffalo ready to play the ‘game’ tomorrow. We were in shorts and it was only 12 periods which wasn’t too physically taxing. It was mostly mental preparation for our getting ready for Buffalo and our scout teams getting ready to be Buffalo.”
Senior nose tackle John Jenkins, who was included on preseason watch lists for both the Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy, is excited about the transition from pre-season camp to game preparation.
“It ramps up because we’re not worried about ourselves, we’re preparing for an opponent for once,” Jenkins said. “We’re not hitting each other. I’m pretty sure it’s the same way for Buffalo. They’re tired of hitting one another and they want to hit somebody else. I’m sure we’re both ready. It’s kinda nice to get to this point.”
Three Bulldogs – punter Cody Johnson, offensive lineman Hunter Long and tight end Cole Trolinger – missed Tuesday’s workout due to injuries. In addition, offensive lineman Mark Beard, receivers Chris Conley and Tavarres King and tight end Jay Rome practiced on a limited basis.
Georgia will play host to Buffalo in the season opener Sept. 1 at 12:21 p.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Tickets to the home football games against Buffalo and Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15) are on sale to the general public and can be purchased online at here or by calling the UGA Athletic Association ticket office at 1-877-542-1231.