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Bulldogs ready after 'dress rehearsals'
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The University of Georgia football team kicked off Week 1 of the season Monday with a two-hour practice at the Woodruff Practice Fields in Athens.

Coach Mark Richt treated Monday’s session like a regular-season Tuesday practice, meaning the Bulldogs worked out in shoulder pads instead of just shorts. That sets up the rest of the week for what Richt has called “dress rehearsals.”

“We’ve got to make sure the game plan is tight so that our young men know what to do,” Richt said. “We want to have it down so that we can execute what we want to do and be able to go with great tempo and be physical and disciplined.”

Richt said Monday’s practice was the last one in full pads before the opener.

“Today’s practice left a little bit to be desired,” Richt said. “It’s not like they were dogging it, but I thought we’d see a little more energy. But it’s something like the 23rd or 24th or 25th practice, and that might have something to do with it.”

The Bulldogs will try for their 14th-straight home opening win at 12:21 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette.

The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

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