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September 28, 2004

Richt wants fans to be loud

There has long been a debate amongst fans and those on the Dawgvent about how best to cheer and support the team during a game. Many fans think you should stand at all times and scream until you have absolutely no voice while others think you should only stand during big plays or moments of real importance to the game. Throughout the past week head coach Mark Richt and several players addressed what they would like to see for this weekend's game against LSU.

"When they (LSU) are on offense, I want to see all the fans up and cheering as loud as possible to get the stadium rocking," said Richt Tuesday. "When we are on offense, I want everybody to be as quiet as possible."

Georgia players said all last season that Tiger Stadium in Baton Rogue was the loudest and rowdiest place that they had ever played during there careers.Tiger Stadium holds 92,251 fans while Georgia's Sanford Stadium holds 92,746, the nation's fifth largest on campus stadium.

"We have more fans so I don't see why we can't be as loud as them," exclaimed Richt.

It is obvious that the coaches are counting on Dawg fans to be the extra edge in this game and then again the following weekend when the Georgia hosts Tennessee.

"I'll never forget last year when we scored the touchdown (Tyson Browning's 93 yard screen pass in Baton Rogue to tie the game 10-10 with 4:23 in the fourth quarter)," said Richt. "Their fans didn't get quiet, they got louder. That's what our fans need to do."

Richt said he hopes his team's fans will come out excited.

"I'm pretty insulated (during the week) but I assume our fans are getting jacked up," he said."I sure hope they are."

The players agree.

"This is why I came to Georgia," said offensive lineman Daniel Inman. "To play in big games like this and have the fans going crazy.I sure hope they are as hyped as we are."

Georgia kicks off at 3:40 on Saturday against the National Champion LSU Tigers in a nationally televised game on CBS.

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