Athens — At Georgia football practices, Matthew Stafford is gone but not forgotten.
As the Bulldogs practiced in blustery conditions on Monday, “we were, like, ‘this is how Stafford’s going to have it every day,’” coach Mark Richt said.
You know, Detroit weather.
”I guess Detroit plays inside,” Richt clarified. “Oh, he might not go to Detroit. But if he went to Detroit. . . .”
The Lions, of course, have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
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Will be real interesting to watch Carlton Thomas, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound tailback, on G-Day.
He, by all accounts, has impressed teammates and coaches this spring.
“He’s a little bit like [former Bulldog] Tyson Browning,” Richt said, “because he’s not a real big guy and he can make people miss. He runs with more power than Tyson did. He’s not as fast as Tyson was, but the agility and change of direction [are] very similar. That’s probably the closest comparison to anybody we’ve had here or even at Florida State. He’s coming right along. He’s doing a nice job. Going to be a pretty good player.”
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The Bulldogs didn’t practice on Tuesday. They’ll be back at it today.
Meanwhile, thought you might like to have the details on G-Day, which is Saturday in Sanford Stadium:
– Festivities kick off at 11:15 a.m., with about 90 football lettermen from six decades playing flag football between the hedges. Foots Clemens, a linebacker on the 1952-54 teams, is the oldest former player scheduled to participate. About a dozen former all-SEC players will take part. “Might be fun,” Richt said of the lettermen’s game. “Might be comical, I don’t know.”
– The main event, Georgia’s spring intra-squad game, follows at 1:05 p.m. Richt said the two squads will play four quarters of eight or 10 minutes each. “We’ll run it just like a normal game,” he said, although there won’t be kickoffs. The ball will simply be placed somewhere between the 20 and 30 yard lines.
– The game will be nationally televised for the first time (on ESPN). Brad Nessler will call play-by-play, with Kirk Herbstreit as analyst and Wendi Nix as sideline reporter.
– Admission is free, down from $5 last spring. The free admission is aimed at drawing a crowd for the ESPN cameras. Stadium gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Gates to be used for the public will be the main gate under the Sanford Drive bridge, plus gates 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9.
– In lieu of an admission charge, Georgia encourages fans to bring food items to donate to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Richt asked reporters to get the word out about preferred items — “even,” he said, “if it’s just on a blog or something.” So here goes: He suggested donations of canned vegetables and fruits, canned tuna and chicken, canned soups and chili, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, cereal, rice and dried beans. He cautioned to check expiration dates to make sure all donations will be useable.
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Lots of interesting comments were posted here yesterday about what you’ll be looking for from the Bulldogs on G-Day. Thanks. Feel free to pick up where you left off. . . .