Bulldogs buck football tradition, drop two-a-day practices

ATHENS –- Georgia will abandon a piece of football tradition this summer: two-a-day practices.

The Bulldogs have a tentative practice schedule that, for the first time anyone around the UGA program can recall, calls for no two-a-days.

Two-a-days -–  the stuff of legend among generations of players –- have been on the wane with Georgia and most other college teams in recent years. Georgia had three sessions of two-a-days last summer.

NCAA rules limit teams to 29 practices before the first game, and Georgia basically decided that preparation for the season can be more productive with 29 one-a-days, allowing time between sessions for more film review and walk-throughs.

But it is a break with tradition, to be sure.

“The older you are, the tougher it was back then,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Wednesday. “Talk to the older coaches on our staff; they had four- or five-a-days. That’s how Coach [Stacy] Searels and Coach [Rodney] Garner would like to say they had it at Auburn.”

Georgia Tech will continue to have a limited number of two-a-days this year. The Yellow Jackets have three days of double practices on their preseason schedule, spokesman Dean Buchan said.

Bobo said that Georgia’s staff discussed the elimination of two-a-days and that coach Mark Richt made the decision “after visiting some places and talking to some other head coaches” who have dropped double practices in recent years.

“The good is you can teach a little better [with one-a-days], where you might not be able to get as tough as you would like them,” Bobo said. “But everybody is playing with a limited number [of players] now, and there’s a fine line with injuries. You can see what injuries do to a football team. … I think we’ve got a good plan.”

The players, you can be sure, will welcome the demise of two-a-days.

“In their minds, mentally, they’re probably going to think it’s a break,” Bobo said. “But we’re still going to have 29 practices to get ready for the first game, no matter how you break it down.”

And it’s still going to be hot.

Georgia begins practice July 31, about a week earlier than usual, for its Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bulldogs are generally scheduled to practice six days per week throughout August.

Georgia Tech starts practice Aug. 5 for its Sept. 4 opener against South Carolina State.

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Logan Gray: full-time wide receiver AND backup quarterback?

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191 comments Add your comment

Damon Evans

July 14th, 2010
2:25 pm

Booby Johnson is ‘Good People” !

just win games

July 14th, 2010
2:25 pm

Damon Evans

July 14th, 2010
2:26 pm

BTW First ! Lets party… Im driving !

Atlanta Jackets

July 14th, 2010
2:28 pm

Mutts can only handle one a day. Burn!!! LOL!!!

Here’s your money for the pizza, now get off my porch. LOL! ROTFLMAO!!

Bubba

July 14th, 2010
2:32 pm

30-24 beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch! 8-1.

Bubba

July 14th, 2010
2:34 pm

I hear you punks getting sued over that piece of crap car.Thats funny as hell.

DawginGermany

July 14th, 2010
2:35 pm

Guess the Jackets can only handle one win every eight years, right Atlanta Jacket?

Hankie Aron

July 14th, 2010
2:35 pm

atlanta jackets- your post is wasted space and frankly left everyone who read it knowing they can never get back that time for your stupidity.

Mikey in the SAV

July 14th, 2010
2:36 pm

I would think that we need MORE intense practice, not less but who am i ?

ScoutDawg

July 14th, 2010
2:36 pm

Maybe Atl Jerkit, but we still got your number nerd. Now go back and redesign this washer for my toilet, you didn’t get it right the first time nerd.

A I

July 14th, 2010
2:37 pm

Practice?
We talkin bout practice?
I mean what we talkin bout…practice??

Mi

July 14th, 2010
2:37 pm

Enter your comments here

Mikey in the SAV

July 14th, 2010
2:38 pm

Stop it A I …you’re killing me.

Gatorzone

July 14th, 2010
2:38 pm

I think this is a good plan by Richt. As long as the players are in shape, which I am sure they will be, this is a really good idea. It allows more days to let the playbook sink in, which will be essential with a new DC. I like it.

Spanky

July 14th, 2010
2:39 pm

Hey Atl (Members Only) Jacket, why do you nerds consistantly ask for this abuse? As Bubba pointed out, WE OWN YOU! Now, your on-line poker chat room is waiting,..get back to it!

destin dawg

July 14th, 2010
2:40 pm

Dawgs…. quit the parties… you’re lucky to have a scholarship to a good school like UGA… work out & get in shape BEFORE practice starts… still have 2 weeks… then you get alot more out of practice… meaning game prep !!! Go Dawgs and good luck to Tech.. we both have reasonable schedules.. so winning is expected… State championship will be a BIG game !!! Goooo Dawgs !!!

Gatorzone

July 14th, 2010
2:41 pm

This also gives the coaches more time to supervise players. Very smart. This could be a new trend if it helps minimize injuries and gives them more gas in the second half of games. With the players keeping their bodies in shape all year around, i am surprised more teams do not do this.

Huh?

July 14th, 2010
2:44 pm

Too soft for two-a-days?

Atlanta Jacket is an idiot

July 14th, 2010
2:44 pm

Why are you on here panty waste? I bet you never played a down of football in your life. Now go away before I taunt you a second time. You’re mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries. Moron.

Spanky

July 14th, 2010
2:46 pm

Gatorzone, do you know if Fla. does or did two-a-days? I’m thinking that this would cut down pre-season injuries. I agree, this is a smart idea all around!

Pat Dye

July 14th, 2010
2:48 pm

Told you Dawgies aint man enough !

ScoutDawg

July 14th, 2010
2:48 pm

Damn shame to see Bobby Johnson resign. Nobody, and I mean Nobody ever did more with less than he did. Adios Bobby, the SEC and especially Vandy will miss you.

HugoStiglitz

July 14th, 2010
2:48 pm

Sounds like a good plan to me. Why do teams do two a day practices anyways? Is it just to improve conditioning of the players? Sounds like a bad idea to begin with.

RunningDog

July 14th, 2010
2:51 pm

Hey, Atlanta Jacket, what about the 4 hotdogs and 4 cokes? A proud tradition!

Zeb

July 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

Dam good idea…..if you’ve never been thru 2-a-days…..they’re grueling!!

It’s got nothing to do with “can’t handle ” practice you jaket tard. I think this is smart. It should definitely cut down on pre-season injuries and give them more time to focus on film, x’s and o’s, etc….. When you’ve just been thru a morning practice and know you’ve got another one coming in the evening, that’s all you can think about. The “intangible” part of football is the last thing on your mind.

Gatorzone

July 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

Spanky, as far as I know they still do. Doesn’t make sense in this day and age with the extended season and the Florida Heat! You can still get them conditioned in one practice per day, but I would imagine that would not be necessary.

Kendawg

July 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

I like the idea of having only once a day practices. The two-a-days never made much sense to me. Some genius said in his blog that there would be fewer practices, but I thought it was made perfectly clear in the article that the number of practices would remain the same.

ugaclassof2004

July 14th, 2010
2:56 pm

As a former football player, I think I can speak for most players when I say that no one likes 2 a-days. It makes sense on the high school level because teams are only given a limited amount of time to get ready for the season. The same is true of college players to a degree, except for the fact that players on scholarship are training year round. There is definately no replacement for physical contact, but what most of these guys need is to become better students of the game. I think if they’re going to lessen the physical contact, then they need to up the game film study time. UGA has really lacked a collective football IQ the last few seasons and to me that comes from a lack of studying game film. To me that is what really separates guys who are just good athletes from guys who are great football players. And especially considering that a new defense is being implemented, this is a great time to really break down game film. If these guys have dreams of reaching the next level, they are going to have to demonstrate to scouts that they can be students in the film room along with having the natural ability.

DawgInMemphis

July 14th, 2010
2:56 pm

Its a good idea so long as it doesn’t compromise them getting in shape. If the “second half” of the day consists entirely of them sitting around an air conditioned film room, then we could be in trouble. Is it considered a “practice” if the team captains (no coaches) take the team out for an afternoon 30 minute +/- exercise session ? Sprints, calisthentics, and grass drills just so their muscles aren’t dormant the entire afternoon.

Otherwise, this could be a great move because I’m sure those afternoon sessions can be incredibly counterproductive as far as learning goes when you’re dog tired.

Buzz Bandit

July 14th, 2010
3:00 pm

After the players hard partying in downtown athens, no way they can handle 2 a day practices. They can barely get through one practice with all that alcohol in their system each day. Richt is smart to cancel that second practice each day.

Tom Davis

July 14th, 2010
3:00 pm

good it gives the team more time to go out and hit the town…………

O'Keefe Gym Strangler

July 14th, 2010
3:02 pm

Do the guys still get to go swimming? Now that is hard-nosed football training.

High dive….weeeeeeee!

Spanky

July 14th, 2010
3:04 pm

Hey Buzz- you need to chill. Go find Reuben Houston! He can definitely show you how! LOL!!

bkbroila4224

July 14th, 2010
3:05 pm

The worst thing about 2 a day’s is the blisters you get on your feet trying to break in new cleats…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 14th, 2010
3:05 pm

Less opportunity to lose a starter in the preseason, love it! These guys need to be in the film room obviously more anyway after the way the D played the past few seasons.

gt4life

July 14th, 2010
3:06 pm

Cant wait to see my championship calliber jackets whoop the dogs and eat there dog food in athens again

gt4life

July 14th, 2010
3:12 pm

Or at least eat there hot dogs and cokes. But it will cost way more to get hot dogs and cokes in athens then it is at tech

Spanky

July 14th, 2010
3:12 pm

GT4life-nerd, ……………really?! You must love abuse, because we’ve been dishing it 8-1!..And what happened last year? Oh yeah! Championship calliber alright! Shut up!

gdawginkalamazoo

July 14th, 2010
3:12 pm

As long as they don’t get arrested in their “spare” time I could see this as a benefit.

GaTruth

July 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

I laugh hardest at Tech comments implying UGA is less of an achiever’s school. When the latest academic reports came out on each school’s athletics, it seems the UGA student athletes were ranked more highly than the Bees. Just Damn! BTW are we sure the oil leak in the gulf is really from BP? It could have been from six GT propeller heads going swimming. I heard the other day the reason Tech has such a hard time recruiting is because so few players are able to carry such massive chips on their shoulders.

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Elmo Lewis

July 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

First three games in the middle of the day in Dixie. Maybe a plan to conserve some of the players strength. Go Dawgs!

Fair and Balanced

July 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

Who cares? Just make it work so that GA wins games.

Fair and Balanced

July 14th, 2010
3:15 pm

Who cares? Just make it work so that GA wins games. A winning tradition is more important than a practice tradition!

Paul in RDU

July 14th, 2010
3:15 pm

Predictions:
If UGA starts the season off well with minimum injuries, minimum penalties, and some good wins people will be blogging that dropping 2 a days was a great idea.
If UGA starts off poorly, has penalties, loses some games, etc. people will be blogging that they should have had the 2 a days.

All I will say

July 14th, 2010
3:17 pm

GT’s two stellar players- E L Ivory and # 37 Tarrant have something very much in common

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

July 14th, 2010
3:18 pm

Cramping up ? ” What kind of damn question is that ? We just beat a good football team out there today ! “.

Dog tiredness might be avoided

July 14th, 2010
3:19 pm

So maybe we can avoid the dead legs syndrom. Maybe it is a good idea. We just might feel fresher.

Go Dogs

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 14th, 2010
3:20 pm

Nice i really like this idea, i totally agree with Gatorzone, i think it will allow the playbook to sink in also, Reduce injury rate. I have a feeling Todd Grantham had something to do with this policy. Bringin gin more NFl styles ideas to the Program.

Booby Johnson

July 14th, 2010
3:20 pm