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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Richt pleased with UGA's spring practice; Auburn sets date to visit White House

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- Georgia head coach Mark Richt discussed his team's spring practice during a Southeastern Conference coaches conference call Thursday.

Following the G-Day game last Saturday, which was the 15th and final practice session of the spring, Richt was encouraged by what he saw from his team.

"I think we got better this spring and practiced with the right amount of intensity," said Richt. "I liked what I saw out there."

In the G-Day game, starting quarterback Aaron Murray led the Black team to an 18-11 victory behind 122 yards passing and a touchdown. Receiver Tavarres King led the aerial assault on the Red team after hauling in five catches for 62 yards.

"We are very thankful to have a guy like Murray at quarterback," Richt said. "The minute he stepped on campus, he began preparing to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. He watches film, studies fundamentals and does whatever it takes to be successful. There isn't one guy on our team who would say that Aaron isn't putting in the time to take this team to the top."

One unfortunate portion outcome of the spring was losing starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant to a knee injury. This is the third injury of this sort that Sturdivant has suffered. Cordy Glenn has now been penciled in to play left tackle but Richt said the back-up at that position is undecided.

"That's a good question," Richt said. "Our candidates at that position are guys like Justin Anderson, Austin Long, A.J. Harmon and Kenarious Gates, who is also athletic and big enough to play at that spot. Some of it is going to depend on who ends up being the starter at right tackle and then we'll go from there. Some of the true freshmen who are coming in could also end up throwing their hat in the ring there."

The Bulldogs open the season with a non-conference showdown with Boise State during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 3.

Georgia topped the Broncos, 48-13, the only other time the teams faced during a matchup in Athens in 2005.

The game will be televised by ESPN.