Brown's Big Scrimmage
Marlon Brown
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2012


ATHENS - Marlon Brown didn’t like how his day began in Georgia’s first preseason scrimmage on Wednesday.

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“I had a ball across the middle at the beginning of the scrimmage that I dropped,” Brown said of a would-be touchdown catch that coach Mark Richt described as hitting the receiver in the nose. “I was kind of mad at myself for that. After that, I was like `I’m going to catch every ball and make something big happen, try to redeem myself.”’

The senior led all receivers in Sanford Stadium with six catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

“He had the most opportunities, the most balls thrown at him and he took advantage of it,” Richt said.

Brown, the senior from Memphis, has been “hot this whole camp,” according to Richt.

Richt said he remembered Brown having a strong preseason last year, too, but a high ankle sprain kept him from having the season he wanted last year when he had 15 catches for 234 yards.

“We’re all just praying that he stays healthy and he does well,” Richt said.

Brown’s big day this time came in August practice but that doesn’t mean he wants to save all of his production for the real deal.

“It’s practice so I feel like just go out there and make plays when the ball comes your way,” he said.

Brown couldn’t remember how long his touchdowns were, but receiver Rantavious Wooten thought one went for at least 30 yards.

“It was real fun, but it was real quiet because it was a scrimmage,” Brown said. “When the fans get there and the lights come on, I feel like everybody will be ready to make big plays.”

Mason on standby

The statistics from the scrimmage showed why Hutson Mason continues to be ahead of redshirt freshman Christian LeMay as the No. 2 quarterback even though Georgia would like to redshirt Mason

Mason completed 9 of 13 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. LeMay was 3 of 6 for 44 yards and an interception.

“If something happened today, Hutson is No. 2,” Richt said. “It could change throughout camp, but Hutson just has a tremendous feel for what he’s doing and has got another year under his belt compared to LeMay. LeMay’s getting there. He’s made some good progress.”

Richt said an injury to Murray could still prompt Georgia to play Mason even in the sixth game of the season.

“The best one’s going to play,” Richt said. “Right now, Hutson is ahead of LeMay.”

Said safety Shawn Williams: “With Hutson, we feel like he’s kind of up there with Murray. He can throw good balls. He was making us be on our job. You can’t be lacking coming in out of breaks because he’s going to have the ball on our target.”

Erickson getting hold of holder job

Georgia is breaking in not only a new kicker and punter this year, but a holder for field goals and extra points.

Punter Drew Butler held for Blair Walsh the last three seasons.

This year walk-on Adam Erickson from Clarke Central is in line to be the holder for freshman kicker Marshall Morgan.

“He’s the one they like the best,” Richt said.

The bigger difference for snapper Ty Frix isn’t having new punter Collin Barber, but the change from Butler to Erickson as holder.

“It’s much more of a precision snap and Adam’s really stepped in and done a heck of a job,” Frix said. “That might be the one thing coming into summer I might have been a little worried about, but Adam’s taken it and run with it.”

Camp grind

Georgia hits the one week mark of preseason camp today.

The Bulldogs will hold practice No. 9 Thursday morning.

“I don’t even know today’s date,” nose guard John Jenkins said. “We’ve been in training camp. I don’t even know who’s winning the Olympics.”

Georgia will practice again Friday morning and then go twice Saturday before finally getting a day off Sunday.

“It’s pretty much after Saturday and when school starts, I’m pretty much a regular person yet again,” he said.

This and that

Defensive end Ray Drew (concussion) and cornerback Damian Swann (sprained neck) did not scrimmage. Outside linebacker James Deloach, who was limited in a practice this week with a strained hamstring, had four tackles… Safety Connor Norman and Cornelius Washington tied for most tackles with six. …Receiver Tavarres King was second on the team with four catches for 66 yards. …Sophomore Ramik Wilson warmed up with the inside linebackers. He had three tackles.


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