Georgia’s outside linebackers may be getting their share of pressures on opposing quarterbacks, but they haven’t yet been able to bag a sack.
Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd are tied for the team lead with three quarterback hurries. They are still looking for their first sacks of the season.
“We are not where we need to be,” Jenkins said. “We’ve been working on some of the moves that we should have been using. We’ve tried to use some of our own moves instead of what coach (Todd) Grantham’s told us. We’re really getting back to some of the stuff that got us better last year instead of this year.”
Jenkins had five sacks last year as a freshman and Floyd created plenty of preseason buzz about his ability to bring pressure from the outside.
“You hope to put more pressure on a guy,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We need to do a better job of that. I don’t think there’s any doubt, the more pressure we can put on a quarterback, the less pressure on a relatively young secondary back there.”
Jenkins said former Georgia All-American Jarvis Jones, who led the SEC in sacks the past two seasons, let him know what he thought of his play so far.
“He sent a text along saying you better get your [stuff] together,” Jenkins said of the Steelers first-round pick. “I just have to keep using more different moves versus the same one or two every time I go.”
Getting sacks Saturday may not be easy against North Texas, which gave up the fewest sacks in the country last year with six and is tied for fifth this year with two in three games.
Mason could finally see game action
Georgia backup quarterback Hutson Mason will turn 22 on Friday.
A day later, he could get into his first game since the 2011 SEC championship loss to LSU.
“It has been a long time,” senior quarterback Aaron Murray said. “I always joke with him that I want to come back next year after you get hit for an entire game and just see how much pain you’re in. I don’t even remember the last time he’s been hit. We were actually joking about this a few weeks ago. He hasn’t been hit in a while.”
Mason redshirted last season as a junior.
“He’s a backup starter, man, in my eyes,” receiver Rantavious Wooten said. “The guy definitely can play anywhere else and start. Just unfortunate for him in the position he’s in, it’s never a good thing to sub out and switch quarterbacks like that and just play around with your quarterbacks. You want to have a solidified quarterbacks and that’s been Murray for four seasons.”
Murray said Mason “is more than ready,” to play. “He’s been ready for a while.”
Football from a different perspective
Georgia had the weekend off from football, but players still had their fill.
Tailback Keith Marshall went to the Viginia Tech-East Carolina game in Greenville, N.C. He’s friends with Pirates freshman receiver Chris Love.
“It was a little different,” Marshall said. “It seemed way longer when you’re up there. It seemed like it was taking forever.”
Marshall said he didn’t stick around for the entire three hours and 21 minutes it took for the Hokies to win 15-10.
Wooten watched football for most of the day at a Hooters.
“My girlfriend wanted to go to Hooters and watch Texas A&M and Alabama,” Wooten said.
Murray caught up on his sleep and watched plenty of football.
“I pretty much didn’t move from my couch all day Saturday and Sunday,” Murray said.
It wasn’t all football. Cornerback Damian Swann ordered the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez pay-per view fight to watch with teammates Amarlo Herrera and Malcolm Mitchell and others.
New position for freshman
Paris Bostick is back practicing for Georgia at a new position.
The freshman has moved from safety to inside linebacker, practicing on a limited basis.
Georgia announced in late June that the Tampa, Fla, product would miss the season after undergoing toe surgery, but the door is not closed on him playing this season.
Bostick, listed at 6-1 and 217 pounds, wore a non-contact jersey Tuesday.
“He jus got big,” Richt said. “Kind of like (Alec) Ogletree.”
“With his size, I’m very excited to see what he can do because maybe he can help us in the middle,” Swann said.
Bostick worked on the side with graduate assistant and former inside linebacker Christian Robinson early in practice.
This and that
Murray is one touchdown away from 100 for his career. His favorite, he said, is probably not be one you would think of—a 32-yard first quarter touchdown to Orson Charles in a 42-34 win against Georgia Tech in 2010. “That was just a big game that we needed to win the game to make it to a bowl game,” Murray said. “I just remember rolling to the left and throwing it to him and he ran a little in route and broke it back out. It was pretty sweet.” The only other SEC quarterback to reach 100 TD passes is Florida’s Danny Wuerffel with 114. …Junior college transfer receiver Jonathon Rumph has been “very limited” in practice coming off a hamstring strain and is “still doubtful” for Saturday, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. …Richt on freshman offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow possibly playing this year: “He’s practicing well. We’re not counting out his chances of playing this year.”