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Hurricane Irma didn’t provide off day for Georgia football team

Hurricane Irma
Lauren Petracca/The Greenville News via USA TODAY NETWORK

ATHENS, Ga. – Hurricane or tropical storm, Irma didn’t provide an off day for the Georgia football team.

Rather than cancel practice, the Bulldogs still practiced as scheduled Monday despite Hurricane Irma, now a tropical storm, passing through the area. The team used its indoor practice facility, which was completed in February.

Senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter said Tuesday the weather was not going to be used as an excuse.

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“It was no off day at all,” Carter said. “No days off. Sunday we had workouts and yesterday we had a normal Monday. So nothing really gets us off our schedule. We try to keep the same routine.”

Carter added that the practice was not abbreviated or a walkthrough. “Full practice,” he said.

Georgia, though, did cancel its weekly Monday news conference, where coach Kirby Smart and four players speak with reporters before practice. The school itself also canceled classes both Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Irma.

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Irma’s intensity picked up around 3 p.m. local time Monday, when the wind and rain began to increase in strength. Athens received some damage as a result, including several downed trees and power lines.

Carter aid the team was able to stay out of the storm’s elements because they were at the facility.

“We were here early,” Carter said. “So we got here before everything started. Then, we got a chance to stay up here for the worst part and then went home.”

Carter says that he’s not aware of any players dealing with issues from the storm. Senior left tackle Isaiah Wynn is from St. Petersburg, Florida, but his family was said to be fine.

Georgia hosts Samford Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

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