ATHENS -- With inclement weather once again rolling through, head coach Mark Richt decided to take his team to the Ramsey Student Center for swimming.
Each year the Bulldogs swim and jump off the high dive during preseason practice. Following Sunday’s two-a-day practice, and with a couple of storms in the area, Richt decided to go ahead and take his team to the pool on the eighth day of practice.
It’s a tradition that’s well appreciated by the team.
“It’s great to lift the spirits a little bit,” running back Keith Marshall said. “Everyone’s out here grinding. It’s good to get a day off mentally and physically. Only the newcomers -- freshmen and transfers -- were expected to dive, though others can if they want. A few players had to wear life jackets to jump and were then escorted by their teammates after hitting the water.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt once again joined in on the fun and did his trademark flip off the high dive. Basketball coach Mark Fox made an appearance and jumped at the request of the football team.
“It’s huge during camp,” kicker Marshall Morgan said. “Of course we love practice and love doing our craft. But especially the linemen, not as much kickers, need days of rest to kind of recover.”
However, the Bulldogs won’t have too much time to rest. Since Georgia was unable to practice Monday, the Bulldogs will hit the field with another two-a-day session Tuesday.
“We had a little bit of a warning that there might be some weather coming in and instead of sitting around waiting all day to practice, we decided to come on and do it,” Richt said in a statement released by the program. “Also, It was a perfect time, it was practice eight or nine in a string of practices without a day off. (Monday) we got a day off and, we’ll have four more practices before school starts.”