ATHENS, Ga. (Univ. Georgia) — The Georgia Bulldogs continued AutoZone Liberty Bowl preparations Tuesday, conducting a two-hour practice at the Club Sports Complex on Milledge Avenue.
Before the workout, Georgia coach Kirby Smart met with the media to discuss bowl practices and defending TCU as the Horned Frogs averaged 32 points a game this year.
“We’ve had four good days of fundamental work and a couple game-week related practices as part of our preparation,” said Smart. “We’ll have two more of those game-week sessions here and then we get to the bowl site, we’ll have three more practices. Our kids are excited; they’ve been working hard. We’ve done some work in the kicking game and the red (zone) area too.
“Our defense is going to have to go against some four and five-receiver sets and that puts you in pass rush mode,” Smart added. “The TCU offense presents some challenges that we’re not used to seeing. I know their quarterback (Kenny Hill) is a really good player, and I’ve seen him before. It’s more of a drop back offense, and the quarterback can run, but this is a different scheme.”
Smart added that he’s hopeful that sophomore linebacker Natrez Patrick will be able to play in the bowl game after he missed the final three games of the regular season due to an injury. Despite playing in only nine games, Patrick ranks second on the team in tackles with 55. Also of note, junior inside linebacker Reggie Carter has missed some practice time due to an injury.
“We do not have a lot of healthy inside linebackers, however there may only be one or two linebackers on the field when we play this type of offense,” Smart said.
Tuesday’s workout marked the seventh of eight scheduled practices Georgia will have in Athens before taking a brief break for the Christmas holiday. The team and staff will reconvene in Memphis, Tenn., on Christmas night and then practice at Rhodes College leading up to the Bulldogs’ matchup with TCU.
Georgia looks to finish the 2016 regular season with a bowl victory in Memphis. Tickets to see the Georgia Bulldogs take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 30th are on sale now to the general public. Kick-off is scheduled for Noon ET.
Sideline ($85) and Chairback ($95) tickets and can be ordered online now or by calling the Athletic Association ticket office 1-877-542-1231 between 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. Monday-Friday. All orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.
Members of The Georgia Bulldog Club will receive the number of tickets to the bowl they requested during the pre-order process with Hartman Fund contributors receiving priority on ticket assignment based on their cumulative score. Members of The Georgia Bulldog Club who have not yet placed an order to AutoZone Liberty may order tickets at this time, however they will not be assigned based on priority but in the order, which they are received. Hartman Fund contributors, who have already submitted a request, are allowed to order additional tickets if needed as there will not be any limits on the number of tickets one can order to the AutoZone Liberty.
Hartman Fund contributors requesting AutoZone Liberty tickets will receive bonus points applied to their lifetime score at a rate equal to the purchase price of the tickets for the AutoZone Liberty excluding processing fee. For example, request four (4) tickets at $95 and receive 380 points (actual prices and bonus point totals may vary based on the tickets assigned). Bonus points will apply to the cumulative priority only and not toward annual donation requirements. Bonus points will be applied to participating donor accounts by January 31, 2017.
Also, all UGA Faculty/Staff ticket requests for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be fulfilled.
The Bulldogs will be making their 52nd overall and 20th consecutive appearance in a bowl game. Georgia currently has a 29-19-3 record in bowls.