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Monday, April 6, 2009

The Quest For G-Day

UPDATE: A couple people asked about the tailgating policies for G-Day. Here's the word, from UGA's Mike Mobley...

The policies are the’s a link to those.

The one thing that is different is that there obviously aren’t nearly as many permitted lots as there are on a game day. For example, I think we’re only using the East Campus lot for media.


As you're probably well aware by now, we've reached the final week of spring practice. Georgia will practice today, Wednesday and will have a completely closed practice Friday with no interviews. Saturday is G-Day, and this year, the event will be bigger than ever.

Here's a quick run-down of all you'll need to know to plan your G-Day festivities.

WHO: Me, you, several thousand other people, Wendi Nix
WHAT: Georgia's annual spring G-Day game
WHEN: Saturday at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Sanford Stadium or ESPN

The game will be broadcast live by ESPN (on the main network -- or ESPN1, if you prefer) for the first time in school history. ESPN's crew for the game is Brad Nessler, Kirk Herbstreit and Wendi Nix. (More on that later this week on the blog.)

While you can certainly enjoy the game from the comfort of your living room, Mark Richt is hoping most of you will come out and help fill Sanford Stadium. "We really want to fill it up and encourage our fans to show the nation what we're all about," Richt said.

The admission is completely free, but Georgia is accepting donations to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This is a charity Richt and the rest of the Georgia coaching staff have worked closely with in the past, and Richt specifically asked us to pass along some info on what the Food Bank was looking for ("Even if it's just on a blog or something," Richt said).

So, don't be a total freeloader, and bring some of the following: Peanut butter, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned or dried beans, baked beans, canned chicken or tuna, cereal, rice, pasta and sauce, plus any kind of pop-top canned goods.

Richt also cautioned that last year, they had to throw away a lot of food because it was past the expiration dates, so please check that stuff closely.

Before the game, Georgia will also hold a lettermen flag football game. The game will bring back at least 80 (and possibly more than 100) former Georgia lettermen for their own scrimmage with a little less hitting but, potentially, a lot more injuries. "Might be fun, might be comical, I don't know," Richt said.

The flag football game will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, immediately preceding the G-Day game. Athens residents Mack Guest and Jack Davis will be the two coaches for the game. Ten former All-SEC standouts headline the list. Those players are: Scott Adams, Kentrell Curry, Tony Cushenberry, Guest, Jim McCullough, Curt McGill, David McKnight, Pud Mosteller, Curt Mull and Greg "Muddy" Waters. Foots Clemens, a linebacker from 1952-54, is the oldest former player scheduled to participate.

As for the G-Day game itself, there won't be too many changes in the rules for this year. They'll play four quarters using a normal game clock, but the quarters will only be 8-10 minutes long (Richt still isn't sure on that). There won't be any kickoffs, instead they'll start drives with the ball placed wherever Georgia's coaches feel is an appropriate average starting field position. The teams will punt, but it won't be live. They will kick field goals and PATs.

As for what to expect in the action: "I want the nation to see a team that plays hard, that competes, that has a good time doing it, is organized and well coached and disciplined," Richt said. "That's what I want the country to see, and that's what I want to see every day in practice."

OK, I think that's about it. Any other questions about the game, let me know and I'll look into it this week for you.


Anonymous said...

anymore practice video?

Also i was wondering if there were any updates on incoming freshmen who aren't there yet or who may be at the G-day game. I am curious mostly about Marlon Brown and what new info you can give us on him.

meat said...

They seem to really want a big crowd this year but they probably picked the worst weekend of the spring. All the students will go home for Easter and affluent old men that would make the trip will busy themselves with the Masters.

David Hale said...

Anon -- Haven't had a chance to shoot more practice video, but in truth, we pretty much are only given access to the same things every day, so I don't know how worth it it would be regardless.

As for the young guys, that's a story I've been waiting until after spring practice to work on. I'll have something in the next few weeks though. Not sure how many of them plan to be at the G-Day game, but I'll ask around.

Meat -- you're completely right on that, and I've heard numerous people complain about it. The timing really is a shame.

S.E. Dawg said...

Just asking all of the Bulldawg Nation to get to Athens and support this team. We need to show the nation that we are a legitimate fan base. Everyone wants us to be a nationally recognized program. It has to be about the whole program and that includes the fans. I'll be there so you should too. Anyone that puts golf ahead of the Georgia Bulldogs can't be a true bulldog fan. Now let's head to Athens Town.