Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Splash of Beach Fun for Bulldogs; after Day of Practice, Georgia Team Is Treated to Ocean, Food and Music

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Splash of Beach Fun for Bulldogs; after Day of Practice, Georgia Team Is Treated to Ocean, Food and Music

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Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks

PONTE VEDRA BEACH | The University of Georgia football team had just finished a grueling two-hour practice.

They were hungry. They were exhausted. They needed to unwind. They piled into a bus that they knew would take them to fun, but the details weren't clear.

The bus carrying the team stopped at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and, one by one, the players stepped off. Waiting for them was an entire spread of food - steaks and ribs and potatoes and rolls - a buffet fit for, well, a football team.

And behind the food there lay the Atlantic Ocean. This is the second year the Gator Bowl Association put together a beach party for the players on both teams, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Nebraska had a similar party for its players on Friday. Living in middle America, many of them had never seen the ocean. So when they saw the waves, many Cornhuskers dived in.

Georgia's party on Saturday was a little different. The Bulldogs stood in the food line and quickly scooped mounds of baked beans, vegetables and grilled chicken onto their plates. The food went fast. In almost 10 minutes, the nine chefs who had been preparing food since 7 that morning saw their work inhaled.

Ninety pounds of flank steak. Eighty pounds of ribs. Forty pounds of macaroni and cheese. Thirty pounds of potato salad. Fifteen pounds of salad. Gone.

After the meal, the players moved closer to the water. It wasn't the most ideal beach weather - 66 degrees and windy - but they made the best of it. Staffers at the Ponte Vedra Inn urged the team to have fun on the beach. Play volleyball. Do the sack tossing game or horseshoes. Despite the weather, they even encouraged them to swim in the ocean.

Few Georgia players went into the water. But two of them did.

"We had to go in there. We couldn't let Nebraska show us up. …

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