Bulldogs’ final scrimmage sets stage for opener

The practice game before the real game against Clemson comes tonight.

Kickoff at Sanford Stadium, like in Death Valley, will be about 8 p.m.

“It’s the first time it’s Georgia versus somebody instead of Georgia versus Georgia,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It’s been the offense versus defense up until this time. Now the No. 1 units get to play on the same team, get to cheer for each other instead of give each other a hard time. The coordinators can actually have fun together instead of competing against each other.”

Freshman inside linebacker Reggie Carter was ready to turn the full attention to the opener.

“The whole defense is tired and the whole offense is tired of banging on each other,” Carter said. “We’re just ready to show the country what we’re about.”

Richt called Tuesday a “bittersweet day” because some players assigned to scout teams were “in the tank” because they could be redshirting.

Richt said a scout-teamer could still turn a coach’s head to earn playing time. He brought up former Bulldogs linebacker Odell Thurman doing just that back in the day.

Christian LeMay and Faton Bauta will get the assignment of simulating Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in the practice game.

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