A late morning thunderstorm -- which included lightning -- on Saturday cut short the Bulldogs' practice at Sanford Stadium shortly after it began.
"I was bummed," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "I don't enjoy practicing too much in the rain, but that's something I need to work on is throwing in the rain."
The Bulldogs practiced three times prior to Saturday.
That small sample size was enough for cornerback Sanders Commings to offer an early take.
"Our whole defense, man, I like it," Commings said. "Right now, we're winning the competition over the offense. I haven't seen a weak link yet. The whole secondary is covering. Up front, we're hitting people."
Tight end Orson Charles begged to differ.
"No, no, no," Charles said. "Do not believe everything he says. OK, we had a little slow start. It's OK to have that. That doesn't mean the defense is ahead of the offense."
Charles said check back after the Bulldogs' first scrimmage this week.
"I feel like the scrimmages are what's going to show you," Charles said. "The first couple of days, it's a lot of installation. Everything is new."
Jones honors late father
Ben Jones' father never got a chance to see him put on a Georgia uniform.
For his final season as a Bulldog, Jones is honoring him by switching his jersey number to 60.
Steve Jones, who died in a helicopter crash when Ben was 10, wore the No. 60 when he was an offensive guard in high school.
Ben Jones, entering his fourth season as the Bulldogs' starting center,. wore that number in football and baseball at Bibb County (Ala.) High School, but was No. 61 his first three seasons at Georgia while Clint Boling donned No. 60.
"I wanted to wear 60 my whole (career), but Clint already had it, so I had to wait until he was gone to get it," Jones said.
Steve Jones earned a forestry degree from Georgia, which is why Ben became a fan of the Bulldogs growing up. His father was working as a forester when the accident happened about 15 minutes away from the family home in Brent, Ala.
Steve Jones was from Georgia and played football at The Citadel before giving up the sport after a knee injury and transferring to UGA.
"That was another reason why I wanted to stay here," said Jones, rated among the top junior center prospects last season, "because I said when I came to Georgia I want to wear 60 before I leave. That's one of my main reasons of coming here."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Smith also had an offer from Florida, according to Colquitt County coach Rush Propst.
"He's been a Georgia boy from the start," Propst said. "He loves Georgia."
Smith had 42 catches for 576 yards last season.
"I just think he's the best flex tight end at his position that there is in the Southeast," Propst said. "I think he's good enough to handle the box and he's good enough to be a big receiver. I'd want him to be a little faster outside and I'd like for him to be a little bigger inside, but I think he gives you what you want in what I call a diversified hybrid tight end."