ATHENS -- Thursday was a great example as to why an indoor practice facility would benefit the Bulldogs.
A storm came through the city right around the scheduled 2:55 p.m. practice time that Georgia's football team was ready to hit the practice field. This delayed practice nearly two hours. Fortunately for Georgia, it was able to wait out the heavy rain and still get its work in outside. Since Georgia doesn't have a true indoor practice facility, the Bulldogs will head to the Ramsey Student Center or conduct walkthroughs at the Nalley Multipurpose Facility at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall when inclement weather prevents them from being outdoors.
Summer storms generally come and go, making it easier to adjust. When the weather cools in the fall, rainfall will usually last longer and cause problems for preparation. Extreme heat during preseason practice can make things problematic as well.
The Bulldogs are building an indoor practice facility, though as the AJC reported on Thursday, it probably won't be ready until after the 2016 season. The location decided upon sits over a ton of utilities running underground, and therefore a lot of work to reorganize the site is needed before constructing the building is needed.
“Anywhere in this precinct we knew from the very beginning that site development was a huge piece of it due to the utilities,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said on Atlanta radio station 680 AM on Thursday. “Everything is under ground. We knew that was a problem anywhere here. It just takes time to develop it. It looks like that is going to take three or four months to do regardless of where it is on this precinct."
That means it's possible the Bulldogs could go two full seasons without an indoor practice facility.
Last year, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt spoke to reporters about the need for an indoor practice facility and expressed hope Georgia would build one before this season.
"I've been on the other side when you recruit against Georgia, and when you don't practice you don't get better, so that hurts player development," Pruitt said. "The reason I came up here (to meet the media) is because we're fixing to take care of that. And this is gonna be the last football team at Georgia that's gonna have days where they don't get better because of not having an indoor facility. Because I know our folks upstairs are gonna get it done."
McGarity has been on the record stating that a job of this magnitude isn't something that can happen overnight. That's become evident.
But coaches of all types hate losing practice time. Georgia's group is no different.
Hitting the links
Via the AJC's Chip Towers, Brice Ramsey offers some thoughts in five questions, with the starting quarterback eager to get on the football field.
The AJC's Seth Emerson writes about former Bulldogs running back Tim Worley's recent speech to this year's team, and how he said, "Let my pain be your wisdom."
Though fullback Christian Payne is sitting No. 1 on the depth chart at fullback, the Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer wrote that his mindset hasn't changed one bit.
Bulldawg Illustrated's Greg Poole spoke with outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who discussed the kind of expectations Jeremy Pruitt has for the defense.
ClassicCityToday.com's Jay Black breaks down each position on Georgia's roster.
Gunnar Bentz wins gold
Georgia sophomore swimmer Gunnar Bentz claimed first place in the 400-meter individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championships on Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.
Bentz touched the wall in 4 minutes 14.16 seconds, which was good for an almost three-second win.
Faton Bauta on how freshman Terry Godwin looked in player-led seven-on-seven practices over the summer: “He’s learning, trying to get his feet wet a little bit. The seven-on-seven stuff is one thing but being (Tuesday) out there for the first practice, he’ll be able to show out.”
Song of the day
"Going to Mississippi" by Magic Slim & The Teardrops