Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, left, talks with head coach Mark Richt, center, during their first NCAA college football practice of the season Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, David Manning) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT
ATHENS --- With temperatures in the upper 70s for most of the morning, the Georgia football team held its third preseason workout Saturday at the Woodruff Practice Fields.
The Bulldogs put on shoulder pads for the first time, and head coach Mark Richt said fatigue became a factor late in the day as the team went through its third practice since Thursday afternoon.
"It's day three and a little bit of fatigue is setting in, a little bit of weariness," Richt said. "Even this morning we had a lot of cloud cover. We really got a break on how hot it could have been if the sun was blazing, and it was not until the very end. Without question, the fatigue affected the concentration level. Physically, I think the guys fought through it pretty good. Mentally, I thought we just weren't as sharp. That's why you practice in the heat, that's why you have camp. Hopefully we'll get better in that regard."
Georgia spent the first part of Saturday's practice working on special teams, including extra points and field goals for the first time this preseason. The Bulldogs have a pair of preseason All-SEC specialists in senior kicker Blair Walsh and senior punter Drew Butler.
"We were very, very sharp." Richt said of Georgia's special teams. "The snaps, the holds, the kicks - I think we were 100 percent in every way. Just about every kick split the uprights. It was a good start in the extra point-field goal department today."
The Bulldogs will practice again Sunday morning in shells before they wear full pads for the first time on Monday.
No. 22 Georgia will take on seventh-ranked Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Sept. 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. The game will be televised by ESPN.
The annual Fan Picture Day will be held Aug. 20 outside Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players and coaches will be available for autographs from 3-5 p.m.