September 17, 2007

Richt closes practice

Although none of Georgia's current players have ever played a game at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium, that doesn't mean all the Bulldogs are totally oblivious to what they'll be facing Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

A native of Luverne, Ala., senior right tackle Chester Adams is the only Alabama native on Georgia's roster, and was recruited heavily by the Crimson Tide.

"It's an electric atmosphere," said Adams. "They've got Coach (Bear) Bryant talking on the big screen before the game, getting everybody riled up. It's going to be jacked up (Saturday), for sure."

He's not alone. Redshirt freshman linebacker Akeem Dent made an official visit to watch the Crimson Tide.

"It's pretty hostile, so you've really got to stay focused," Dent said. "As long as we do that, we should be OK."

Center Fernando Velasco has seen his share of SEC road wars. With the exception of Florida Field, Bryant-Denny Stadium is the lone SEC venue in which the senior has not played.

"When you go on the road, the crowd noise is always going to be the big thing," Velasco said. "That's something the young guys are going to have to be ready for. The first two series, especially, are going to be really tough. They're really going to have to pay attention to what they're doing."

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