Georgia broke out the full pads for the first time Monday morning and linebacker Rennie Curran said it was the perfect time to separate the men from the boys.
"It was great to finally get some contact out there," Curran said. "The offensive coaches and players had been talking a lot of smack, so it was fun to see who the real men are."
The Bulldogs practiced for approximately 2½ hours in steamy, humid conditions at the Woodruff Practice Facility and according, working in groups before taking part in 3-on-3 drills for the first real contact of camp.
From a defensive standpoint, linebacker Darryl Gamble said not many errors were made.
"There weren't a lot of mistakes, guys just weren't running around," Gamble said. "Most of the times when teams go full pads the first time guys are just running around try to hit people. But we focused got a lot of stuff accomplished through our reads and all that kind of stuff so it was a good first half of the day."
Head coach Mark Richt was scheduled to address the media after Monday's afternoon's workout in shells.
"I think we both (offense and defense) made good strides," Curran said. "The offense made some plays, but when they got close we bowed our necks and did a great job making the stop. I think we definitely made a step in the right direction."
Owens pleased with first day in full pads
Defensive tackle Jeff Owens admits he was a little bit pensive heading into Monday's first practice in full pads.
After all, it had been almost a year since Owens went down in the season-opener against Georgia Southern, so Monday morning's workout was going to tell him a lot.
Fortunately, the news was good.
"For the first time getting out I feel quite well," Owens said. "I felt like I got better today. I felt like I took a step forward in getting this rustiness out of me. I've just got to work on fundamentals and technique."
On Saturday, Owens joked that he hoped to get his first clean hit to highlight his return, but said he had to settle for a glancing blow on running back Richard Samuel during 3-on-3 drills.
"It wasn't a clean shot, not quite what I wanted but I got the first one out of the way," he said. "The knee is doing great. I've got no complaints at all from today. I think I did well, now I've just got to come back this afternoon and try to get better."
Cox says Gray likely to play
Quarterback Joe Cox was asked whether or not he thought backup Logan Gray would receive some playing time this fall.
His answer was a resounding yes.
"I think he should," Cox said. "He definitely brings something else to the table. It's definitely something that could confuse the defense with him coming in and the type of ability that he has. It would not surprise me at all."
Cox was also asked whether or not there would ever be a chance where the two quarterbacks would be in the game at the same time.
"I don't know," Cox said. "We have nothing going on with anything like that. I don't know."
This and that
• Wide receiver Marlon Brown wore a green jersey signifying no contact although he did don the full pads and took part in pre-practice drills.
• Running back Washaun Ealey (hyperextend elbow) wore a green jersey but was seen taking handoffs in practice periods 1-3.
Linebacker Justin Houston had his right shoulder in a sling. There was no immediate word as to the extent of the injury.
• Defensive tackle Derrick Lott (elbow), strong safety Reshad Jones (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ricardo Crawford were also in green jerseys but worked out individually adjacent to the practice field.
• The Bulldogs were slated to return to the practice field at approximately 4:35 today.
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