August 10, 2010

Richt pleased with first scrimmage of camp

Sure, it was just one scrimmage. But from all indications quarterback Aaron Murray is having no trouble building a connection with star receiver A.J. Green.

Playing against the No. 2 defense, Murray completed 12-of-21 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, both scores going to Green who caught five balls for 144 yards.

Green's longest catch came on a 63-yard post route for a score, while his second touchdown covered 50-plus yards, according to Richt.

"You've got to remember, everything A.J. did and Murray did was the No. 1 offense versus the No. 2 defense," Richt said. "I would say without question the No. 1s (offense and defense) whipped our No. 2s. Our No. 1 defense also did a fine job against our No. 2 offense, so sometimes these statistics can be misleading."

Nevertheless, Richt said he was pleased with what he saw from his redshirt freshman QB.

"I just wanted to see him lead the team well and see how he would handle pressure of being the first-team quarterback in the first scrimmage on a hot day," Richt said. "I thought he handled it pretty good."

There were some other impressive totals posted by the Bulldogs in the nearly two-hour practice, Georgia's first scrimmage of the preseason.

Running backs Washaun Ealey and Caleb King posted some excellent numbers. King carried a game-high 14 times for 63 yards, followed by Ealey who had just three rushes but ran for 66. Carlton Thomas added nine carries for 26 yards, while backup quarterback Hutson Mason completed 9-of-23 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown. Parker Welch was 1-of-3 for 41 yards while Greg Bingham was 0-for-3.

Former quarterback Logan Gray caught two passes for 45 yards, Thomas two for 38, Tavarres King 2 for 33 and tight end Arthur Lynch 1 for 3 yards and a touchdown.

"We were able to hit some big passing plays and we got some big holes for our running game," said Murray, who was intercepted by freshman safety Alec Ogletree. "The thing we've got to do now is just go back to the film room, make the necessary corrections and see if we can make some improvements come Saturday."

The Bulldogs will hold their second preseason scrimmage at Sanford Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Defensively, the Bulldogs' first-team defense made a number of big plays, including another interception by cornerback Brandon Boykin.

"Coach (Todd) Grantham felt like there were a couple of big plays that were given up, which wasn't good, but overall he thought they did a nice job. We've got a ways to go on both sides of the ball really," Richt said. "They pressured well and stopped the run very well, I thought. A couple of those runs, I know at least one, came when we were working a third-down and short yardage situation and one popped for big yardage."

Linebacker Akeem Hebron led the defense with six tackles, followed by Demarcus Dobbs and Nick Williams with five and Christian Robinson with five.

Richt wasn't exactly sure on the number of sacks that were credited to the defense, although senior linebacker Darryl Gamble said there eight.
Gamble claimed he had four of the eight sacks made.

"I know I had three, but if I had to write it down I'd say four," Gamble chuckled. "It wasn't a bad day."

Smith decision could be delayed

Richt said that any decision regarding the status of cornerback Branden Smith could be delayed until early next week.

Monday, Richt announced that the Atlanta native was not practicing due to "academic issues."
"I'll just say I'll tell you when I know," Richt said. "I told you it might be the end of the week but it may be longer than that, a little bit longer than that. I would say the end of the week or early next week, we'll know."

Smith has not practiced with the Bulldogs since last Tuesday.

He has not returned messages seeking comment.

Dowtin in minor scooter accident; other injured

Richt revealed that linebacker Marcus Dowtin was in a minor scooter accident and did not participate in Tuesday's scrimmage.

"He was a little scraped up, but it's not a big deal," Richt said.

Also sitting out the scrimmage was starting left guard Cordy Glenn, who Richt said was feeling the effects of a bad cold.

Wide receiver Kris Durham did not practice, either and was described by Richt as being "dinged up."

Safety Chad Gloer (hamstring), linebacker Richard Samuel (leg), safety Quintin Banks (knee), wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (knee) and linebacker Akeem Hebron (foot) and offensive lineman A.J. Harmon (unknown injury) also did not practice.

Kickoff changed for Colorado game

Kickoff time for the Georgia-Colorado game in Boulder on Oct. 2 has been changed to 7:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. Mountain Time) after being announced as a 4:30 game earlier this year.

The game will still be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.

The change came about after CU's and the Big 12's television network partners re-examined an earlier but tentative decision to allow the game to be televised inside an exclusive ABC telecast window.

ABC has only one time slot for a Big 12 Conference game that day, and has already committed to televising the Oklahoma-Texas game in its afternoon window (1:30 p.m. MDT). The kickoff adjustment allows the Colorado-Georgia game to be televised in the later prime time window and afford ABC its full exclusivity in the afternoon.

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