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A Look At UGA Football Practice From Monday August 19th, 2013

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Monday was the first day of Quarterback Aaron Murray and crew putting in the game plan for their first game of the season against Clemson. That game will be played on August 31st, on the road. That said, Murray and the team are just excited to say it’s about time to play football again.

“I just remember looking up on the boards and there’s 200 something days left (to gameday), now there’s 13-12 days left,” Murray said after Monday’s practice. “There’s definitely a buzz in the locker room.”

If you’ll remember back to 2011, the Dawgs were faced with a similar opening two games to the ones they face in 2013. In ’11, Georgia opened inside the Dome against Boise State and lost that game 35-21. A little difference, was the fact the Dawgs were ranked 19th and Boise State was fifth. South Carolina was also the second game in that season.

This year, UGA is opening the season at number five in the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll. That said, Murray says the team isn’t too amused with the preseason ranking.

“Preseason rankings they’re cool in all, but it really doesn’t mean much until you get into the meat of the season and start playing some ball games and start winning games,” Murray said of the preseason marks.

One of Murray’s favorite targets on the field, Wide Receiver Michael Bennett backs up the signal caller on the rankings.

“To get where we want to go in Pasadena, you have to win every game,” Bennett said. “Preseason rankings haven’t really meant a lot.

Staying with Michael Bennett, the junior split end is coming back this season from ACL surgery that prematurely ended his 2012 season. As mentioned earlier in the story about the game against Boise State in 2011. Bennett was a part of that team and says that 0-2 start to the 2011 season serves as a reminder for this team going into playing against Clemson and South Carolina.

“We were just trying to get to the Dome (SEC Championship), Bennett says of the team in 2011. “We want to go to the Natty (National Title Game) and we want to do it all.”

Bennett adds that those goals make this team more focused for this opening game, as opposed to the one in 2011. He did continue to say the focus was there in 2011, it’s just at a different level now.

Other Notes:

  • WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee swelling) and Safety Tray Matthews (Left Hamstring Strain) missed practice on Monday.
  • Starters on both sides of the ball are expected to be named by Wednesday’s scrimmage.
  • On Tuesday, the defense will talk with the media. Plus, we will also likely have a chance to talk with Head Coach Mark Richt.
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