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No. 1 Bulldogs hit the field
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University of Georgia Sports Information Department

ATHENS — The No. 1-ranked Georgia’s preparations for the 2008 campaign stepped up a notch on Wednesday, as the Bulldogs worked out in shoulder pads for the first time.

“It was our first day with shoulder pads so we got a little more tempo out of them,” head coach Mark Richt said. “One of the things I like about this team is we have to rein them in a little bit. They’re not afraid to get after it. They enjoy competition and that’s a good thing.”

Richt also was pleased with his team’s performance considering the temperatures were in the high-90s and the heat index reached into the 100s throughout the two-and-a-half-hour session.

“I feel like the weatherman,” Richt quipped. “It was hotter than yesterday and probably as hot as the first day.”

Richt announced that special teams stalwarts Andrew Williams and Benjamin Boyd have been awarded scholarships for the 2008 season. Williams, a 6-foot, 197-pound safety from Blairsville, is a sixth-year senior who also was on scholarship last season when he appeared in 13 games and recorded 11 tackles. Boyd, a 6-1, 210-pound senior from Thomasville, has played linebacker prior to this fall but is now at fullback. He posted five tackles in 13 games last season.

“We re-awarded Drew Williams two nights ago and awarded Benjamin Boyd with a scholarship last night,” Richt said. “I’m happy for both of those guys."