A late-afternoon thunderstorm delayed Georgia a half-hour starting what was already going to be a late practice on Thursday. The Bulldogs didn’t get under way until well after 5 p.m., but they were able to complete the 90-workout in shoulder pads and shorts.
It was practice number 22 of 29 they’ll get during the preseason. the No. 12 Bulldogs are now focusing 100 percent on installing their game plan for the Aug. 30 opener against Clemson (5:30 p.m., ESPN)
“I definitely feel excited about practicing against the scout team because we finally get a taste of what playing Clemson is going to be like,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “I know the scout team is out there giving 100 percent trying to get us ready for it. I’m ready to get out there and play Clemson.”
Georgia appears to be getting well for the opener. Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was not in a green, non-contact jersey for the first time in nearly a week and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley was dressed out in a regular jersey for the first time the entire preseason. Scott-Wesley if coming off an ACL reconstruction last season but has practiced the entire camp. He is expected to be suspended for one game per UGA’s conduct codes following an arrest for misdemeanor pot possession last fall. But coach Mark Richt has yet to confirm that will be the case.
Also returning to practice in an unlimited capacity Thursday were defensive back Devin Bowman (hamstring) and receiver Charlie Hegedus (unknown).
Georgia placed eight players on the Coaches All-SEC team released by the conference on Thursday. Tailback Todd Gurley, linebacker Ramik Wilson and place-kicker Marshall Morgan made the first team; tackle John Theus, receiver Malcolm Mitchell, cornerback Damian Swann and Jenkins made the second team; and tailback Keith Marshall was named third team.
The Bulldogs will return to Woodruff Practice Fields for a full-contact practice on Friday.