Sept. 19, 2012
NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt faces another tough road test with a trip to fifth-ranked Georgia Saturday night between the hedges.
Preparing for 93,000 screaming Bulldog fans was one of many objectives for the Commodores during Wednesday night's practice on campus. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin piped in artificial crowd noise to resemble the hostile environment at Sanford Stadium.
"Overall I thought we practiced very well," Franklin told reporters following the session. "I thought the energy was good. I thought we handled the noise fairly well. As you can imagine, that's going to be a challenge Saturday night. [Georgia fans] are going to have all day to get prepared for the game. We're going to get a real warm welcome. We have to be ready for that. I think we handled that pretty well [today]."
Coming into the game with its highest ranking since 2008, Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) presents several challenges for Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1), according to Franklin. The Bulldogs, led by junior quarterback Aaron Murray, have scored more than 40 points in each of its three wins. Also, UGA's stingy defense has only allowed 23 total points in the second half this season. "[Georgia has] true balance in terms of they have a lot of different players at a lot of different positions, run and pass, that can hurt you, and you need to defend," Franklin noted.
Franklin said his staff will have serious discussions Wednesday night to determine the Commodores' starting quarterback for Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Video: Franklin's Post-Practice Press Conference