ATHENS, Ga. -- Fifth-ranked Georgia held a 90-minute practice in full pads Thursday as the team continues preparations for its Capital One Bowl game against No. 21 Nebraska on New Year's Day in Orlando.
Thursday's session marked the second bowl practice of the week as the fall semester ended Wednesday. Bulldog junior offensive guard Chris Burnette said the Bulldogs are looking forward to the bowl and facing the Cornhuskers.
"We're excited about going to the Capital One Bowl, we've heard it's a great bowl game to go to," said Burnette. "I remember my freshman year some of the guys who went there in 2008 said they had a great time. We're going to visit a lot of the parks, but at the end of the day, we know it's a business trip, and we're there to play Nebraska and want to finish the season with a victory.
"We've got our school work taken care of, and that feels good," Burnette added. "We've had a couple of practices now after focusing on exams, and we got a chance to knock the rust off and get back to work on the practice fields."
Georgia will have eight more practices in Athens before taking four days off for the holidays. Then, the team will reconvene in Orlando on Dec. 26 for final preparations.
On Friday, UGA will hold 2012 Fall Commencement exercises in Stegeman Coliseum. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., and Arthur Blank, who co-founded The Home Depot and currently owns the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, will deliver the commencement address. Seven football players will be among the 39 UGA student-athletes who will receive their degrees Friday.
The Bulldogs who will be graduating Friday include: Luis Capella, Augusta, Ga., Finance; Sanders Commings, Augusta, Ga., Communication Studies; Terrence Edwards, Sandersville, Ga., Housing; Jonathan Owens, Blountsville, Ala., Housing; Bacarri Rambo, Donalsonville, Ga., Consumer Economics; Christian Robinson, Norcross, Ga., Sport Management; Cornelius Washington, Hephzibah, Ga., Sport Management.
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