Bulldogs Have First Sugar Bowl Practice In New Orleans


After arriving to a brass band welcome on Thursday, the Georgia football team practiced for two hours at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in preparation for the upcoming Sugar Bowl.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs take on 15th-ranked Texas during Georgia’s 10thtrip in history to the game on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 8:45 p.m. ET. Senior inside linebacker Juwan Taylor was impressed with his first practice in the Superdome.

“I walked in and looked around and said ‘wow, this is where NFL players play,’” Taylor said.  “This is amazing.  lt would be great to be one of those players playing here on Sundays.  It’s going to be exciting to get a chance to play Texas here.”

This is Taylor’s first trip to New Orleans and he is enjoying the experience of getting to know the city.

“Everyone is embracing the moment,” said Taylor.  “I haven’t been to New Orleans.  I’m getting to experience the culture, it’s great.”

Before Friday’s practice, 21 players and Coach Kirby Smart visited patients at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  The Bulldogs signed autographs, posed for photos and played games with patients.  Perhaps the highlight of the morning was redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Solomon Kindley agreeing to have his face painted like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

“It’s always a pleasure and an honor for us to get to spend time with patients,” said kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, a member of the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.  “They have incredible spirit and toughness, and they brighten up our day.  They all said they’ll be cheering for us in the game, so we made some new fans. But we’re fans of them as well.  They are incredible kids.”

ESPN will televise the New Year’s Day matchup and Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will work the game.

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