ATHENS—–Sixth-ranked Georgia conducted its 10th workout of the preseason Friday, and the cooler conditions helped the Bulldogs finish their two-hour practice in full pads.
“We’re making progress, but they looked a little tired today, and they tried to push through it,” said Bulldog head coach Mark Richt “The energy level was a bit down, and they had to dig deeper, like in the fourth quarter when you’re fatigued and you’ve got to make a play.”
On Thursday, freshmen defensive players were made available to the media for the first time during camp, and on Friday the freshmen offensive players took their first turn. Specifically, Richt was asked Friday about how 6-6, 309-pound freshman offensive lineman John Theus was performing in camp.
“John is lining up with the first unit at right tackle, but I’m not naming him a starter yet,” said Richt. “He has a ways to go, but he’s getting better.”
“They got the assignment, stuck their hat in there and gave the quarterback enough time to complete a pass, and that’s a good sign,” said Richt. “They know enough to function. Whoever is the most productive, we’re going to get them in a game. We’re not afraid to play any of them.”
Overall, Richt said that the freshmen class was doing well and a majority of them have an excellent chance to contribute this season.
In related football news Friday, junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has been named to the Sports Illustrated 2012 Preseason All-America First Team. The 6-3, 241-pound native of Columbus led the Southeastern Conference in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) last season. Jones was a finalist for the Butkus Award and was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season. He is one of nine SEC players on the publication’s First Team.
Fall semester classes begin at UGA Monday, Aug. 13, and the annual Fans Picture Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. between Gates 2 and 4. Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.
Georgia will play host to Buffalo in the season opener Sept. 1 at 12:21 p.m., and the game will be televised live by 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 http://gado.gs/4a or by calling the UGA Athletic Association ticket office at 1-877-542-1231.