ATHENS --University of Georgia football fans will get their first glimpse of the 2010 edition of the Bulldogs on Saturday in Sanford Stadium as the Red squad competes against the Black squad at the annual G-Day game set to kickoff at 2:05 p.m.
"I think it's a great celebration of Georgia football and the University of Georgia," coach Mark Richt said of annual spring game. "It's great for our fans to get a chance to see our guys and see how far they've progressed throughout the spring."
The G-Day festivities will begin at noon with an alumni flag football game. Approximately 80 Georgia football letterwinners spanning six decades will take part in the light-hearted competition. Some notables on the roster include previous NFL players Scott Adams, Ray Donaldson, Randall Godfrey, Spike Jones, Larry Rakestraw, Paul Snellings and Kirk Warner.
The current Georgia team will then take the field, having participated in a total of 14 practices throughout March and April leading up to G-Day. The quarterback competition between junior Logan Gray and redshirt freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger along with the new defensive scheme, promise to provide the Bulldog Nation with a prime outlook on the upcoming season.
"It's as close to a real game as we can get for those guys to try to evaluate and see who's ready to play for Georgia," Richt said. "We find out what kind of leadership we have and what kind of unity we have on the team. Those are the things I'm looking to accomplish on Saturday."
Georgia returns 49 lettermen and 17 of 24 starters off the 2009 Independence Bowl Championship team. After encountering struggles midway through the season, the 2009 season ended on a high note for the Bulldogs with a satisfying win over in-state rival No. 7 Georgia Tech and Independence Bowl foe Texas A&M.
Due to the construction of Reed Plaza, certain sections of Sanford Stadium will be not open for seating. The north side of the stadium from sections 01 through 13 will be closed in the 100, 200, 300 and 600 levels. Seating is prohibited in these areas for safety reasons. The entrance gates on this side of Sanford Stadium will also be closed. The University of Georgia Athletic association urges fans to abide by these guidelines. The gates that will be utilized for the public are the main gate under the Sanford Drive bridge as well as gates 1, 6, 7, 7a, 8, 9 and 10.
Admission to the game is free and Sanford Stadium's gates will open at 11:30 a.m.