G Day: Who's Ready For Some Georgia Bulldogs' Football?

Robert HollandCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Georgia Bulldogs mascot Hairy Dawg riles up the crowd before the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Georgia fans!  Are you ready for some football?

G-Day is here once again, and the Georgia Bulldogs football team takes the field at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, April 11 at 1:05 PM.

This year's G-Day Game will have free admission and be televised by ESPN. In place of the admissions fee, fans are encouraged to bring food donations to benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Among the items most needed are soups, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, rice, pasta, and pop-top canned goods.

Here's some words from Coach Mark Richt about the spring sessions leading up to G-Day:

"I felt better about the scrimmage after I watched the film than when I was walking off the field (Monday), I could not remember any other time when he had a team at Georgia have five practices in one week during the spring.

"A couple things I pulled from the scrimmage was that Geno (Atkins) is a dominant football player right now and I don't know if anyone can block him. I also noticed Nick Williams is still learning his position, but I like the fact that he tries to run right through people."

If you've never been to Georgia Bulldogs G-Day, then this year is the perfect time to take the family, or meet up with friends, and head over to Sanford Stadium. 

It's always a great time because the weather is usually perfect, and it gives the fans a little taste of football to get us through the long summer while we wait for the season opener in September.

The spring practices have been intense for the Georgia Bulldogs. Coach Richt is determined to get the team ready to compete for an SEC championship this year, and redeem some tough losses from last year.

There are a lot of new faces this year at Georgia on both sides of the ball.

None more important than this year's starting quarterback Joe Cox. And if you get out to Sanford Stadium for G-Day, or be tuned into ESPN, then you'll get a first glance at what the leading Georgia quarterback can deliver.

Most fans remember Cox from the Colorado game in 2006. Cox stepped onto the field to take over a struggling Matthew Stafford, and within the span of only one quarter, brought Georgia back from a deficit to ultimately gain the victory by a point over Colorado.

It's sure to be an exciting time at G-Day to watch the new quarterback at work with Georgia's offense.

Also Georgia's back field has a lot of new faces, and a lot of tough competition. The running backs for Georgia are fierce, fast, and brutally competitive as they fight for the right to be the "go to" backs in the Georgia offense.

Again, another exciting moment at G-Day as we watch Georgia's speedy running backs take the ball and make magic on the field.

Georgia's defense is also taking the field at G-Day this year with a lot of injured players on the side lines. So much so that defensive linemen are being shifted over to fill in the gaps at the end positions.

Willie Martinez, Georgia's defensive coordinator, is sure to be hoping for some fast healing over the summer so they hit the first game with 100 percent of the players ready to go.

So if you're hungry for Georgia football, then we are about a week and half away from getting the opportunity to take it all in at G-Day. It's free, and also televised on ESPN, so there's no excuse if you're complaining half way through the summer about waiting to see the Bulldogs play some football!

Anticipation for the season is building, there's a lot of story lines building already, and the fans are getting hungry for some classic Georgia football to unfold.

And with hard work, and a little bit of luck, Georgia will find itself heading to Atlanta for the SEC championship, and possibly even beyond to a national championship!


Join the Georgia Bulldog crowd.