Spring football practice starts in the SEC this week, with LSU hitting the field today and Georgia on Thursday.
Here’s the full list of the practice dates for SEC teams, provided by the league today:
Spring Practice Dates (Start / Finish)
Alabama – March 12 / April 17
Arkansas – March 30 / April 24
Auburn – March 24 / April 19 (Spring Game – April 17)
Florida – March 17 / April 10
Georgia – March 4 / April 10
Kentucky – March 31 / April 24
LSU – March 1/ March 27
Ole Miss – March 27 / April 17
Mississippi State – March 23 / April 17
South Carolina – March 16 / April 10
Tennessee – March 18 / April 17
Vanderbilt – March 17 / April 10
NCAA rules allow each team 15 spring practices.
Georgia’s spring practice concludes with the G-Day Game on April 10. The intra-squad scrimmage will begin at 2 p.m. and be televised on CSS.
Georgia has a quirky spring schedule, with the first practice on Thursday and the second not until March 16. The interruption is because of spring break at UGA. So why, you ask, have one practice before the break?
Mark Richt and Mike Bobo explained that the reason is to gain additional meetings time under NCAA rules.
“Up until spring ball, you’re allowed eight-hour weeks as far as how much time you can have the young men,” Richt said. “Then, once you get into spring ball, you’re allowed 20-hour weeks. So basically Monday through Wednesday [this week], it’ll be an eight-hour-week type schedule –- I think two hours the most you can go on any day. On Thursday [because of the start of spring practice] we get four hours and Friday we get four if we want. You gain a lot of meeting time to do it in a split week like that.”
LSU was to have opened practice last week but delayed until today to allow more time for newly hired tight ends coach Steve Ensminger –- a former UGA assistant (1991-93), by the way –- to get acclimated.
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