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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Richt discusses injured players after Monday's practice; Auburn's Chizik: 'We're almost there'

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS --- The Georgia football team kicked off another week of preseason practice with a 90-minute session Monday at the Woodruff Practice Fields.

Coach Mark Richt said the hot temperatures, which moved into the 90s again, were just fine with him.

"It was hotter (Monday)," Richt said. "The guys had to push through it. Most of them did just that. We're getting done what we need to get done. ... It's good when it's hot. It looks like it will be hot all week, and I'm glad about that. I hope it's hot next week, too."

Richt was asked if this felt like a bye week since the Bulldogs will be in game mode next week.

"Yeah, a long bye week," he said. "It's time to play a game. I'm glad we're blending in some scout work. Everybody is ready to play. It's been a long camp, but we've gotten a lot out of it."

Richt also talked about injuries affecting the team.

Richt said end DeMarcus Dobbs (ankle), center Chris Burnette (concussion) and end Dexter Morant (shoulder) missed practice on Monday. He said receiver Logan Gray (ankle), center Ben Jones (knee), guard Cordy Glenn (mono) "are getting close." Linebacker Akeem Dent (toe) was able to log some non-contact work for the first time on Monday. Said Richt, "We're getting there."

Tackle Clint Boling said the injuries to Jones and Glenn has meant valuable practice reps to several reserves. Boling said the depth should make a difference during Georgia's first three games, all of which will kick off near high noon.

"They've all been playing well," Boling said of the backups. "They've taken advantage of their opportunity to step in and get the job done. The good thing is, we've all been together for awhile, so we should be fine when everybody's back. It's going to be hot in the first couple of games, but it doesn't matter when game time is; you've just got to be ready to play."

Richt said the Bulldogs will practice again today, then will have a practice game on Wednesday and a kicking practice on Thursday.

Georgia, which was ranked No. 21 in the preseason edition of the USA Today coaches poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press poll, will begin the 2010 campaign Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff for the opener against the Ragin' Cajuns is set for 12:21 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network nationwide.

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AUBURN PRACTICES SUNDAY, OFF MONDAY:

AUBURN - The Auburn football team continued its preparations for the Sept. 4 season opener, holding a walk-though Sunday evening on the Athletics Complex practice fields.

Sunday's session gave the team an opportunity to work on correcting mistakes made during Saturday's scrimmage, which was the team's final scheduled scrimmage of fall camp. With four scrimmages under their belts, the Tigers will turn their focus this week on the opening opponent - Arkansas State.

Head coach Gene Chizik said on Sunday that the team will welcome the change in the routine after more than two weeks of practices.

"They're tired of playing against each other, that's for sure," said Chizik. "It's time to start preparing for the season in terms of opponents. I think they're ready. I think they're excited about it. I know coaching-wise, we are. We're going to start that process this week."

Chizik also address the question of whether or not his squad is on schedule with where they want to be at this point of the preseason.

"I think we're close," said Chizik. "I don't think we're far off one way or the other. There are a lot of things that we're doing that we're on schedule with, but obviously I'm glad that we still have two week of practice left to get ready for our first game."

The Tigers took a day off of practice Monday before returning to the practice fields today at 4:40 p.m.

Auburn opens the 2010 season on Sept. 4 against Arkansas State at 7 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.