It’s an interesting experiment Mark Richt is conducting by deciding to give up the time-honored two-a-day practices this preseason.
On the one hand, he’s bucking the traditional school of thought that forcing players to endure at least a few days of double practices in the late summer heat helps build physical endurance and mental toughness. Bear Bryant’s legendary “10 days of hell” camp for the “Junction Boys” during his time at Texas A&M set the template back in the 1950s. You might have seen ESPN’s movie about it.
But even schools keeping two-a-days have cut back on them in recent years because the increased risk of injury caused by fatigue is exacerbated by today’s scholarship limits. Even with one-a-days, many teams emerge from preseason camp literally limping — remember all those hurt hamstrings in Athens last year?
Speaking of last year’s preseason practices, you can