Bulldogs focused on third downs, red zone

Georgia practiced for two hours in partial pads on Wednesday as it finlized its game plan for Saturday’s game against Troy (0-3). The 13th-ranked Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SEC) are coming off a 38-35 loss to South Carolina.

“I thought overall we had a nice practice,” Bulldogs coach Mark Richt. “The weather was good. I thought the energy level overall was pretty god. You never have a perfect practice but there was a good spirit of work and focus on what we need to do. We got better.”

The Bulldogs put a special emphasis on third-down and red-zone work on Wednesday. That was two areas in which they struggled last week.

With Saturday’s early kickoff (noon, SEC Network), Georgia will have to alter its pregame routine this weekend. The Bulldogs will have less meeting time on Saturday morning, which means more meeting time on Friday.

“We’ll have a 10 p.m. bed check on Friday and get them up early on Saturday,” Richt said. “We’ll get everything in; we just will make a few adjustments.”

Freshman tailback Nick Chubb, who just underwent thumb surgery on Monday, was running on the side Wednesday but not practicing. Richt said he would not be at all surprised if he plays Saturday.