Though Georgia has already had two two-a-day practices, head coach Mark Richt said he wouldn’t mind seeing his team go without one during the preseason in the future.
With the toll two practices in one day can take on a player’s body, Richt said he understands the need for better recovery instead of taxing a college athlete with two tough practices back to back.
“Two-a-days, I could do without them,” Richt said. "I do like the recovery time, I like the film time, I like being thorough as a teacher. I like getting some lifting in during that time. I could live without having a two-a-day.”
Richt does see both sides to the issue though.
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Every coach wants to maximize the most out of practice time, and Richt wants to get each possible practice in during the preseason. But more and more programs have cut back on two-a-days.
Even the NFL eliminated two-a-days following its most recent collective bargaining agreement in 2011.
“The biggest benefit of two-a-days, right now, in my opinion, is in order to get your 29 practice opportunities in,” Richt said. “If you need two-a-days to accomplish that goal then it’s worth it. If you could push it out to where you had a one-a-day every single time you practice, I’d probably be for that. But when you do that you push it back into summer school.
“This is one of the few summer schools we weren’t taking finals and trying to have our first days of acclimation at the same time. There was usually not much of a break. If you pushed it further back, there was usually not a break at all.”