Questions Answered in Third Scrimmage
Todd Gurley
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Aug 22, 2013


ATHENS - Here’s one quick giveaway that Georgia’s 42-41 victory over “Clemson” on Wednesday night at Sanford Stadium was a practice game and not the real deal.

Tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for a grand total of zero carries.

Marshall caught a couple of passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, but Gurley, the star sophomore, was given the night off.

“We’ve seen enough of him,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We need to see some other guys."

Georgia fans don’t need to fret about that final score in a scrimmage that Richt called a “barn burner.”

The “Clemson” team was spotted 28 points in a scrimmage that began at halftime.

It was the starters and top reserves from Georgia against the scout-teamers simulating Clemson in the second straight Wednesday night scrimmage to gear up for the Aug. 31 8 p.m. in Death Valley.

The scrimmage was closed, but Richt said Georgia came back to lead 35-34 before Clemson went ahead by six with a couple of minutes to play.

Georgia, with starting quarterback Aaron Murray back in the game, drove about 60 yards to get the go-ahead touchdown pass from Murray to tight end Arthur Lynch.

Murray completed 11 of 14 passes for 194 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Freshman cornerbacks Brendan Langley and Shaq Wiggins each had interceptions, with Wiggins returning his 17 yards for a touchdown. Cornerback Damian Swann played a day after being listed out of practice with a hip flexor and groin strain. He had a pass breakup.

Who booted the game-winning point after touchdown?

“I can’t tell you,” Richt said. “Secret stuff.”

After all, he’s not divulging whether Marshall Morgan is suspended for the opener after a boating under the influence arrest.

The teams went through pregame warmups and there was even a coin toss involving the captains for the Clemson game: Murray, Lynch, safety Connor Norman and defensive end Garrison Smith.

“We got done what we wanted to get done,” Richt said.

Green makes most of opportunity It was a busy Wednesday night for tailback J.J. Green. The 5-foot-9, 183-pound freshman got all but two of the tailback carries for the Georgia team, rushing 12 times for 62 yards.

Freshman Brendan Douglas was out with a sprained MCL and Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall didn’t’ get any carries.

“I thought J.J. really took advantage of an opportunity to get a lot of reps,” Richt said. “I thought he ran well, ran over a safety one time, got everybody excited. He caught the ball well, he’s been pass protecting very well.”

Richt said both Green and Douglas “are capable of being the No. 3” tailback. Douglas won’t need surgery, but when he will return isn’t clear.

The No. 3 QB question

Freshman Brice Ramsey worked with the “Georgia” team behind Murray and Hutson Mason on Wednesday night, completing 1 of 2 passes. No yardage total was provided.

Redshirt sophomore Christian LeMay was with the “Clemson” team simulating Tajh Boyd.

“Right now we’ve got to decide who’s going to be the No. 3 QB,” Richt said.

Of LeMay’s showing on Wednesday, Richt said: “With the time that he had, I thought he did well,” Richt said. “He didn’t have a boatload of protection.”

Ramsey, from Camden County, is picking things up quickly.

“He’s very impressive,” Murray said earlier this week. “I tell him what we’re doing right now as an offense is a lot more advanced than what the offense was my freshman year. I was struggling over the basic stuff. We’ve evolved over the last three or four years. Brice has learned stuff that I never learned until my sophomore, junior year. He’s getting the opportunity to learn it as a freshman. …Obviously he has all the skills out there throwing the ball.”

This and that

Two days after missing practice for a swollen knee, receiver Malcolm Mitchell had a catch for 25 yards and a touchdown and a carry for 11 yards.

…Freshman Reggie Davis led all wide receivers with 29 yards receiving on two catches, another indication he’ll be in the rotation this season.

…Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins had four tackles and a sack.

…Georgia has put on sale approximately 2,500 tickets for the Oct. 12 game against Missouri that were returned from the visiting team allotment.


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