Indoor practice facility on the back burner

Indoor practice facility on the back burner

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt and school administrators visited several SEC schools with indoor practice facilities on Wednesday, but the trip didn't do much to help Richt's case that the Bulldogs need one of their own.

In fact, it may have hurt his cause. Athletic director Damon Evans did not make the trip as planned because his great-grandmother died in Nebraska this week, but what Evans heard about the trip wasn't overly convincing.

"I've heard a lot of schools say they don't utilize it, and if you're going to build something of that magnitude, you want to make sure you are going to utilize it and put it to good use," he said.

An indoor practice facility, which would allow the Bulldogs to practice out of the elements when there is rain or lightning in the area, could cost as little as $10 million or as much $40 million, Evans said. Georgia still is in an "exploratory stage" regarding the project, Evans said.

"I think we have to give some very good consideration to that project," he said. "When our football coach comes forward with something like that, he deserves that type of consideration. I wouldn't say it's something that's not going to happen. There's a possibility it would, but it would have to be under the right set of circumstances."

HIGHLY REGARDED: Six Bulldogs were named to The Sporting News' All-SEC preseason first team this week, including defensive end Quentin Moses, who was tabbed as the preseason defensive player of the year. Safety Tra Battle, place-kicker Brandon Coutu, offensive lineman Daniel Inman and tight end Martrez Milner also were named to the first team. Punter Gordon Ely-Kelso and linebacker Tony Taylor were named to the second team.

WATCH LIST: Jones hasn't played center since his freshman season, but he was named this week to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's top center.

Jones started five games at center in 2003 before moving guard. He will move back to center this year to take the place of the graduating starting tandem of Russ Tanner and Ryan Schnetzer.

PRO RECOGNITION: Former Bulldog defensive lineman Jermaine Smith, now a member of the Arena League's Georgia Force was named All-Arena first team on Friday. Smith had a team-record six sacks and added 16.5 tackles and three blocked kicks.

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