After playing all three of its October games away from home, the Georgia football team began preparations for its contest against Ole Miss in Athens with a 60-minute workout in frigid conditions on the Woodruff Practice Fields on Monday.
Georgia's players and coaches dealt with winds gusting to 25 miles per hour and temperatures in the 50s during Monday's session.
The Bulldogs - who are sixth in the BCS standings and the coaches poll and seventh in the AP poll - improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the SEC with their 17-9 victory over Florida last week in Jacksonville. On Saturday, Georgia will entertain the Rebels (5-3, 2-2 SEC), and the game will be televised by CBS at 3:30 p.m. The Bulldogs' last home game was Sept. 29 against Tennessee.
"It was good for us to get back to work tonight," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Saturday was an emotionally charged game for us and it meant a lot to get that win, but it's time to get our feet back on the ground and focus on an Ole Miss team that's playing with a lot of confidence. They've definitely gotten our attention. Our focus tonight was just where I wanted it to be, and we'll keep working hard throughout this week."
Linebacker Jordan Jenkins said he was especially proud of the Bulldogs' defense as it held Florida to three field goals and 266 total yards and forced the Gators into six fumbles (four lost) and two interceptions.
"In our team meeting, Coach (Todd) Grantham was saying this is how we should be playing," Jenkins said. "There are still a few things we can fix, but this is somewhat close to where we should be playing every game. We've got to finish out the season playing exactly like this."
Richt announced the captains for the Ole Miss game will be center David Andrews, linebacker Jarvis Jones, end/linebacker Cornelius Washington and linebacker Kosta Vavlas.
In other news on Monday:
• The Nov. 10 game between Georgia and Auburn in Auburn will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. This will be Georgia's third appearance this season (Missouri, Vanderbilt) on the network, and the Bulldogs are 21-5 all-time on ESPN2.
• Awards and recognitions continued to pour in for Jones. He was named one of the 16 finalists for both the Maxwell and the Chuck Bednarik awards. The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the nation's best player, while the Bednarik goes to the country's top defensive player. Jones also was chosen as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, and the National Defensive Performer of the Week and the National Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after earlier being picked as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. In the Bulldogs' win over Florida, Jones had a career-high 13 tackles (12 solo), including 4.5 for loss and three sacks. He recovered two fumbles and forced two fumbles as he anchored a defense that created six turnovers.