ATHENS — One would think players would be thrilled to see the storms that ripped across the UGA campus on Thursday. After all, the high winds and heavy rain cooled what had been another smoking, hot day on the practice fields, and finally the lightning cut the work day short altogether.
But that’s not the way the Bulldogs were feeling. They left feeling cheated.
“You could definitely tell by the vibe going into it we were going to have a good practice and compete, but we were slowed down by the rain,” junior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said. “But that can’t be an excuse.”
As Bellamy spoke, the steel girders of Georgia’s new indoor athletic facility could be seen over his left shoulder. Construction of the $31 million building that will provide 109,000 square feet of indoor practice area continues and is progressing rapidly. But it won’t be completed until after the regular season.
“A lot of teams do have them (already) and today was a day that somebody was getting better on the field that we’re not going to be able to get back,” Bellamy said. “We just have to make sure that our next practice we go out there focused and ready to compete.”
Bellamy said they made the most of the practice being cut more than hour short with meetings and video review. But, he admitted, it’s not the same.
“It was bad because we had a lot of in-subbing work we were doing, trying to get some plays in and trying to get reps for all the players,” senior linebacker Chuks Amaechi said. “So it kind of hit us at a bad time. We got most of them in during the walk-through but we weren’t able to get them in during the live practice. So I’m sure we will need to make it up sometime soon.”
Amaechi is especially jealous of the Bulldogs’ underclassmen and commitments. A senior, he won’t get to benefit from the new facility. Well, not as a Georgia player.
“I think I’ll get to use it on pro day, but that’s about it,” Amaechi said.
Amaechi said he feels every rep is especially important for him this season as he is preparing not only to play both outside linebacker positions, “Sam” and “Jack,” but also both the inside linebackers positions.