ATHENS — Once again, rain interrupted Georgia’s normal practice plans on Monday, and this time the Bulldogs used their indoor facility. Their very small indoor facility.
Rather than bus to the Atlanta Falcons’ facility, or brave the cold rain on their turf fields, the Bulldogs used what little indoor facility they have. The Nalley multipurpose room, which is also used for team meals and other similar functions, also includes a turf field. But it’s well under half the size of a regular practice field.
So the defense practiced for a bit on Monday while the offense held meetings. Then they switched spots. And later the special teams held its portion of practice on the field.
It may sound very unproductive in a week Georgia is preparing to go to Auburn, but senior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey said otherwise.
“I really think it was good for us,” Bailey said. “It helped us focus more. It helped us pay attention to the details.”
It was last year, when the team used the Nalley room for a Tuesday practice the week of the Charleston Southern game, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt chose to meet with the media to discuss Georgia’s lack of a full facility. Pruitt compared practicing in the Nalley room to practicing in his living room.
“You know how you used to play football in the living room?” Pruitt said then. “You knew not to run it over there to the coffee table where it had pointed edges.”
Georgia is planning to build a full-length indoor facility, which will cause the Nalley room to be bulldozed over. But the new facility won’t be ready until the 2017 season, so during the many recent rainy days the team has had to make other arrangements, or just practice in the rain.
“All of our attention today was on Auburn and we got some good work in,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a team release. “Our focus is on the future and getting ready to play another game as a unit, as a team. Today was just fine for what we needed to do. (Tuesday), we’ll get back to it and continue to get the work in.”