Rain for Dawgs on Tuesday

ATHENS - A new indoor football practice facility is in the works at Georgia, but it sure would have come in handy on a day like Tuesday.

Athens had heavy rains that followed a tornado warning earlier this morning. Practice began late afternoon under threatening skies and then heavy downpours followed later.

“We didn’t get much done,” Bobo said afterwards. “It was kind of a walk-through in the rain. Maybe a blessing. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Georgia had hoped the rain would slow down by evening, but it didn’t.

“That’s kind of why we have the FieldTurf for days like today and tomorrow, probably,” Richt said at midday. “I think the grass will probably be a little too saturated to get on it again tomorrow.”

After practice, he said: “I was proud that they didn’t gripe and moan. They just focused in on what we were trying to get done and actually had a little fun doing it.”

The UGA Athletic Association’s board last month approved a $400,000 request for the design and location of an indoor practice facility in the range of 70 by 140 yards and 75 to 100 feet high to be built near the Butts-Mehre building on campus or the softball/soccer complex on South Lumpkin Street or elsewhere.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that having an indoor facility near here would be the best use of a building like that,” Richt said speaking in the team meeting room of the Butts-Mehre building.”If you're asking for my preference it would definitely be for it to be as close to this building right here as possible."

Offensive guard Greg Pyke wasn’t concerned about practicing in the wet stuff.

“It’s a little rain so it’s not going to hurt anyone,” Pyke said.

He was recruited by Penn State, which had an expansive indoor facility.

“I know up there they have to worry a little bit more about snow,” Pyke said.”Usually down here we have really great weather so we don’t have to worry about that kind of stuff.” Bama comes to town The much-anticipated visit to Athens from Alabama in 2015 will come on the first weekend in October, according to Georgia’s football schedule for next season released on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs will open the season with a non-conference game against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 5 and its SEC opener will be at Vanderbilt a week later on Sept. 12.

Georgia again has an open date before the annual game with Florida on Oct. 31 and hosts FCS member Southern the week before Alabama makes it first visit to Sanford Stadium since 2008 on Oct. 3.

Georgia plays five of its first seven games at home and plays seven home games in all.

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With Malcolm Mitchell back playing from his knee injury, receiver Michael Bennett has been able to play more in the slot. He had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown against Missouri. “I think that’s probably my niche,” Bennett said. “As much as I don’t want to say that, I think it really is, honestly. I feel like I do a good job finding holes in zones. Matching up against safeties and linebackers is kind of more my niche.”

Georgia played its most complete game of the season Saturday in the 34-0 rout of Missouri and it has carried over to this week. “Even our scout teams are getting better,” Richt said. “(Monday) was probably the best day ever, this season, with our special teams scout team, flying around making life miserable for the starters.”

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