Severe weather impacts Georgia's practice

ATHENS - Inclement weather has impacted Georgia’s preseason practices several times this preseason.

It did again on Wednesday.

With storms already moving through the area and more forecasted later in the day, the Bulldogs headed to Flowery Branch to use the Atlanta Falcons’ indoor facility for its afternoon practice. That’s about an hour away each way by bus.

“I wouldn’t say anybody was really excited to go because it’s an hour trip you’ve got to make,” outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter said. “You’ve got to get your mind ready for practice again. It was good. Once we got there we did a good job of focusing and getting ready for practice. The hour back really sucked.”

It turned out to be a good move since there was lightning in the afternoon around the Bulldogs’ practice fields on campus. The team didn’t return until around 7:30 p.m.

“I’m glad we didn’t get rained out because we needed the work as a whole unit, offense and defense,” cornerback Reggie Wilkerson said. “

Georgia used the NFL team’s indoor facility twice before playing Georgia Tech in 2013. There was a downpour during the two-hour practice but the Bulldogs stayed dry indoors.

“It was fun for me, my first time actually getting a chance to go down there and practice where the Falcons practice,” said Carter, a sophomore. “It was kind of eye opening getting chance to go down there and experience what they go through.”

The Bulldogs pushed back a practice one day already this preseason due to storms and went indoors into their multipurpose room on Tuesday for the second half of practice due to lightning. Georgia practiced in heavy rain at the start of its workout on Tuesday.

Georgia will be able to handle such weather once its indoor practice facility that will be built where its grass fields currently are located is constructed. That isn’t likely to be completed before 2017.

“It would be great,” Carter said. “It would be an extra two hours. We’d be back at home already. …We’re just excited that we're finally getting it. No complaints that we didn’t get it earlier. Coach (Mark) Richt’s making sure that it’s state of the art, one of the best in the country.”

The forecast for Thursday also calls for a 52 percent of scattered thunderstorms at 5 p.m., according to

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