ATHENS — For the second straight day the Georgia Bulldogs had to alter their practice plans due to thunderstorms rolling through the area. But after delaying the start of the workout by nearly an hour, coach Kirby Smart was happy with what he saw, particularly from some of the freshmen.
“We’re two-for-two with a little bit of weather issues,” Smart said Tuesday. “I thought the kids pushed harder today. I think the little bit of time off got them the first day. They weren’t quite rip-roaring to go. … We had to push them a little harder on Monday, but today was much more energy, much more passion, a lot less mistakes.”
The Bulldogs will practice in pads for the first time on Wednesday.
An intense storm blew through Athens on Monday that ripped insulation from the top of the new indoor athletic facility and blew it onto Foley Field. Georgia had to cut short the first practice by almost an hour as a result.
Tuesday, the Bulldogs delayed the start and got in the full workout uninterrupted. Smart said he liked what he saw.
“I got to see more today and I want to reserve judgment until I see the tape, but there’s some good players out there,” Smart said. “I’m really proud of the way they’re competing.”
Smart singled out Georgia’s three freshmen defensive linemen — Michail Carter, Tyler Clark and David Marshall — for standing out in the early going.
“They’re rolling in with the 3s and 4s and they’re playing a lot harder than the other guys,” Smart said. “That tells me they’re hungrier than the older guys. All three are playing with good motors. They’re playing hard, which was probably the biggest pleasant surprise because of our depth issues there. But they’ve got to sustain it.”