Then just under two hours into the workout Richt ended practice early when lightning was spotted. As the team made the walk off the practice fields a heavy rain also began.
"(Director of Sports Medicine) Ron (Courson) said that there was some lightning out there," Richt said. "We wouldn't have come in just for the rain."
The missed portions of practice were slated to cover preparation for the season opener against Western Kentucky, including one-minute drills, as well as conditioning.
The rain also ruined the debut of a new straw hat for Richt, who had worn the same hat since arriving in Athens in 2001 before being given a new one earlier in the day.
"Pastor Bill Ricketts was out here yesterday, and he said my hat looked awful," Richt said. "He said he was going to bring me a new hat today, and sure enough, he did. I coudn't say 'no.' I tried to tell him no but he wouldn't have anything to do with that."