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Vance, rest of Bulldogs start practices
Bradwell graduate Vince Vance finished Georgia Military College in the spring and signed with UGA. - photo by Courier file photo
The University of Georgia Football team hosted a media day last week and coach Mark Richt talked about the team’s future as practices begin.
“It’s going to be an exciting year for us. We are genuinely excited about the year ahead,” he said. “We have a lot of unknowns and that probably makes it a little more exciting, but we are working hard.
While having many unknown players and certain positions open, the one key position for the Bulldogs is secured with returning quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“Matthew had to learn the hard way last year. He played a bunch of games and made mistakes that contributed to some losses but made some plays that contributed to some big wins too,” Richt said. “He had to go through the maturing process in front of everyone’s eyes... But I also think it toughened him and made him stronger mentally. I think it taught him how to play the game.”
Stafford said he would have trouble comparing last year and this.
“I couldn’t even put it into words,” the quarterback said. “I just feel so much more at ease going into camp and going into the season. I’m just ready to go. I have a lot more of a leadership role this year in just trying to help younger guys along and just trying to move this offense and get this team ready to go,” he said.
Liberty County’s very own Vince Vance joined the roster this year and is competing for a left tackle position against Trinton Sturdivant. Although Richt is looking at Sturdivant, Vance is still in contention.
“Trinton is a true freshman who joined us mid-year and was able to go through spring drills and learn the system,” Richt said. “We feel he is athletic enough to play the left tackle position, which is crucial to protecting a right-handed quarterback...
“However, he will have to hold on to that, he is competing with another brand new player in Vince Vance, the junior college transfer. They both have about the same amount of experience in our program. He has gotten a little stronger, he is up to about 294 lbs.”
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