Once again, the fact that Georgia does not have an indoor practice facility was at the forefront Wednesday night.
All week, Northeast Georgia has been rained on. Throughout Wednesday, the rainfall began as early as 7 a.m. and persisted throughout the day in scattered thunderstorms. Just when it looked like the skies might be clearing up, another dark cloud came through and poured on the area.
Looking at the weather map, the Georgia coaches made the decision to take the team the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility in Flowery Branch.
The trip conflicted with the players' schedules, which are generally strict once the preseason starts.
It's made players such as sophomore outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter look forward to the day Georgia's facility is built.
“We’re just excited we’re finally getting it. No complaints we didn’t get it earlier," Carter said. "Coach (Mark) Richt is making sure it’s state of the art, one of the best in the country.”
Though the Bulldogs are anticipating it, the facility will probably not be ready for the start of the 2016 season. It may be a full two seasons before Georgia is able to use one for its football team.
Carter said that the lack of an indoor facility didn't affect his recruitment at Georgia. But he acknowledged how beneficial it will be for days like Wednesday, when two hours of the day were spent in a bus.
“It will be great. We’ll have an extra two hours," he said. "We could be back at home already.”
Hitting the links
As mentioned, Georgia traveled to Flowery Branch for practice on Wednesday.
Keith Marshall ditches the knee brace and is no longer thinking of his injury.
Georgia basketball releases its full schedule for the 2015-16 season.
Former Georgia receiver Michael Bennett signed a free-agent deal with the Bengals.
A.J. Turman sticks it out at Georgia after injuries, writes the AJC's Seth Emerson.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer writes that Georgia has no worries about left guard Isaiah Wynn.
Bonds between running backs and offensive line transcend the field, writes The Red & Black's Sarah K. Spencer.
Even though five-star tight end Nate McBride is out for the season with two broken wrists, five-star quarterback Jacob Eason will still recruit him, writes UGASports.com's Radi Nabulsi.
Dawg Post's Dean Legge writes about how the outside linebacker group calls itself the wolfpack.
Justin Scott-Wesley's knee appears to check out
When a player suffers a season-ending injury, Georgia will generally put out a press release indicating what happened.
That's not occurred with receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who went down with a non-contact knee injury during Monday's practice. The program has yet to announce anything on the matter. Multiple attempts to obtain that information directly from the program have been unsuccessful. The coaching staff has been reluctant to reveal injuries this preseason.
But when a player suffers a season-ending injury, there's no need to play the competitive advantage game, which is why information is passed along easier. Hence, that's hint No. 1 that Scott-Wesley will be OK.
Then, hint No. 2 came in the form of a tweet from former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley, who put his reporter cap on.
Looks like @JSW_86 WILL BE FINE!! Reliefto hear and glad for him, looking 4ward to seeing him being bigapart of the offense this yr— DjShockley (@DjShockley3) August18, 2015
In addition, the AJC's Seth Emerson, citing a source, reported Scott-Wesley's injury is a knee sprain.
In summary, it looks like Scott-Wesley will make a full recovery. And with Richt speaking on Thursday, perhaps an official update will pop up.
Center Brandon Kublanow on keeping a competitive mindset in practice, even though he's been named the No. 1 center: “I think I have to do that every day. I’m going to compete. Coach Sale is going to put the best five on the field. I want to make sure I’m one of those best five. I have to go in there with that mindset.”
Song of the day
"I Wish" by Skee-Lo