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Thursday Morning ‘Dawg Bites

One day closer to seeing Florida Man.

Vanderbilt v Georgia Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

We’re halfway through Hate Week and let’s see what’s the latest on the Georgia Bulldogs.

We all know the Dawgs are starting their fair share of freshmen. While we’ve been talking about them all year it’s easy to forget this will be the first taste of the Georgia-Florida rivalry for them. The youngins have been receiving some advice from the upperclassmen.

"I’ll tell the younger guys, if you’re not playing for yourself or for your family or anything like that, play for the seniors," senior right tackle Greg Pyke said. "Let them go out with winning against Florida."

To provide an update from yesterday - after playing in his first game of the year against Vanderbilt, Jonathan Ledbetter is looking for a bigger role. He served a six game suspension for two alcohol-related arrests. Against the Commodores, Ledbetter had four tackles and he is seeing some time with the first team during practice.

Saturday’s game will be a homecoming of sorts for defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. He was the interim head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars for five games in 2011. While the defense hasn’t played up to standards, it should be noted that both of Tucker’s wins with the Jags came at EverBank Field. That totally has to count as some sort of advantage, right?

The Dawgs will likely see a steady dose of the run from the Gators. The past 10 games in the rivalry have been won by the team with more rushing yards.

Reggie Davis spoke to the media for the first time since the Vanderbilt game. As you can imagine he wasn’t in much of a talking mood about the situation.

Wednesday’s practice saw Deandre Baker looking ready to go. His availability would mean the Dawgs would have a starter available at every position. Other practice updates included: Aaron Davis continuing to be the first team safety, Brice Ramsey throwing with the quarterbacks and a scout from the Baltimore Ravens was on hand among other things. While it can’t be confirmed that scout was the same who offered his thoughts on the team, it can be noted the scout who spoke was with an AFC team.

‘Til next time... Go Dawgs!