Originally created 03/05/02

Georgia opens spring practice in frigid conditions

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia began spring football practice on Monday, but it sure didn't feel that way.

The high temperature in Athens reached only 36 degrees as the Bulldogs worked out for two hours in helmets and sweats. A gusting wind made the frigid conditions seem even worse.

Considering the weather, coach Marc Richt said the team did a good job.

"It was a halfway decent practice," he said. "The accuracy of the passing was a lot better than the catching. We dropped too many balls. It was a good start, though."

Richt is beginning his second year as Georgia's coach, coming off an 8-4 debut season.

"It was a lot better than a year ago on the first day (of spring practice) because everybody has an idea of what they are doing," he said.

Richt said senior long snapper Ben Lowe and sophomore linebacker Rod Davis will not return to the team for the 2002 season.

Lowe will graduate in May and is looking toward a teaching and coaching career. He will remain with the team through spring practice as a student assistant.

Davis has decided to transfer.

"Everyone's career ends sooner or later and (Ben) felt it was time to move on," Richt said. "Rod felt like he had a better shot at getting playing time elsewhere."

The Bulldogs will practice again Tuesday. On Saturday, they'll work out for the first time in full gear.

The G-Day game is April 6.

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