August 7, 2013

Scrimmage a mixed bag


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Statistically, both Georgia's first team offense and first team defense put up numbers during Wednesday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium that would make most head coaches proud.

But if you look a little deeper, Mark Richt was not exactly pleased.

"I thought guys looked kind of tired. I think they were trying to fight but for the first time (during camp) I didn't see as much juice," Richt said. "That was a little disappointing, quite frankly, being that it was a scrimmage. It was practice No. 8, the first day after a two-a-day and I'm sure they are a little worn out. It was a little humid. I'm sure that had something to do it, but I think we've got a ways to get there and a short time to get there."

Richt wasn't the only one who felt that way.

Backup quarterback Hutson Mason, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 197 yards, said it's up to the players to fight through when they're tired and not feeling their best.

"Coach (Mike) Bobo always talks about it can't be coach-driven enthusiasm and leadership, it has to be player driven. We hear so much yelling and coaches jumping us so it does get tiresome but that's when we need seniors and upperclassmen, guys with experience, guys with a little bit of moxy and balls to step out and say 'Hey, you're not doing your job, you're letting you down, you're letting me down, you're letting the offense down and you look like crap,'" Mason said. "That's what you need. You're senior leaders and your upperclassmen leaders will really take you as far as you can go. You can only go as far as your leaders go, if you're a coach-driven team, you're going to fail."

Statistically, there were some positive results.

As in past years, the No. 1 offense scrimmaged against the No. 2 defense while the No. 2 defense matched up against the No. 2 offense.

The results were mixed, although both first-team units performed well, although the quarterbacks struggled with some of their throws as the defense registered six interceptions. Senior Aaron Murray finished 13-for-18 for 198 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Freshman Brice Ramsey was 4-for-7 for 36 yards and two interceptions while sophomore Christian LeMay was 1-for-7 for nine yards and one interception.

Both Murray and Mason worked with the first team.

"He (Murray) had a couple of picks that were thrown to guys who looked like they were wide open down the sideline," Richt said. "He covered a lot of ground but I think the ball hung in the air too long. A couple of those picks were probably thrown to the right guy who was open but because the ball hung up the safeties reacted and when they got there they caught it, to their credit."

Sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson accounted for two of the interceptions, including one of Murray which he returned for a score.

Defensively, Todd Grantham's unit was credited with seven sacks, including three by Jordan Jenkins and two by Josh Dawson.

Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall both had big days.

Gurley ran 12 times for 59 yards and a touchdown while Marshall had just two carries but picked up 80 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

Tight end Arthur Lynch led all receivers with four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown, followed by Malcolm Mitchell grabbed four passes for 64. Junior college transfer Jonathon Rumph and senior Rhett McGowan also caught touchdown passes.

Stats

Rushing: Marshall 2-80 TD, Gurley 12-59 TD, Turman 5-36, Green 8-21, Douglas 6-5. Passing: Murray 13-18-3-1 198, Mason 12-18-0-1, Ramsey 4-7-2-0 36, LeMay 1-7-1-0 7. Receiving: Mitchell 4-64, Scott-Wesley 4-53, Lynch 4-91 TD, Rumph 4-53, McGowan 3-53 TD, Green 3-20, Conley 2-50, Davis 2-23. Defense: Carter six tackles, Jenkins six tackles (three sacks), Stripling five tackles (1 sack, 3 tackles for loss), Fluker five tackles (one interception), Norman five tackles, S. Dawson four tackles (two interceptions), J. Dawson three tackles (two sacks), Herrod three tackles (interception), Swann interception, Langley interception and pass breakup.

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