2006 Spring Football: Full Scrimmage Rundown

Matthew Stafford

ATHENS – Minus one scary but seemingly superficial injury, Georgia coach Mark Richt felt pretty good about how Monday's scrimmage went.

"I feel better about the defense overall today," Richt said. "I was getting a little concerned that things were getting a little too evenly matched. I think the defense ought to be a little ahead at this point, and the last couple times we've practiced it really hadn't been that way. But the defense really stepped it up."

Cornerback Bryan Evans, a redshirt freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., was shaken up on a tackle and was immobilized and taken to St. Mary's Hospital. Head athletic trainer Ron Courson declined comment except to say that Evans was undergoing tests.

Evans moved his extremities and had no broken bones, Richt said.

Defensive end Charles Johnson of Hawkinsville had a sack and a tackle-for-loss on the first two plays of the scrimmage. Backup middle linebacker Marcus Washington had two sacks, and defensive linemen Rod Battle, Marcus Howard and Ray Gant each added a sack to that count, Richt said.

All the pressure didn't do much for the four quarterbacks who are competing to be the Bulldogs' starter.

"It was more of a day of how can you manage things when things are going well," Richt said. "It was more of a damage control day for them. I thought they did all right."

Freshman Matthew Stafford was the only quarterback with multiple scoring passes, he had two, but he also made freshman mistakes. Stafford took an ill-advised sack on his first snap of a one-minute drill and threw a ball up for grabs when under pressure another time for an interception to safety Tra Battle of Forsyth, Richt said.

Stafford, who worked with the first-team offense and had 67 yards passing, also missed two sight adjustments on blitzes, Stafford said.

"I made some mental mistakes and didn't throw the ball too well," he said. "I threw a couple touchdowns but other than that I didn't do as well as I expected to do."

Stafford wasn't the only one quarterback throwing bad passes, Richt said.

"There were a lot more than there should be," he said.

Sophomore Blake Barnes had the most prolific day among the passers with 74 yards with the second-team offense, but he threw one interception and no touchdowns. His interception was run back 75 yards for a touchdown by sophomore cornerback Ramarcus Brown.

Senior Joe Tereshinski, who also worked with the first-team offense, had 48 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

"It was not as productive as the first scrimmage I don't think," he said. "As an offense, we have to grow together a little more to get to where we want to be."

Redshirt freshman Joe Cox had 44 yards passing, one touchdown and no interceptions.

"A lot of things weren't going right," he said. "When things seemed like they were about to go right, we'd have a penalty or a sack."

Junior Jason Johnson, a walk-on who continues to catch Richt's eye, is now working as the Bulldogs' No. 1 fullback ahead of Des Williams and had two catches and two rushes Monday.

"It's really exciting," Johnson said, "and also gratifying to finally get a chance to show what I can do."

THIS AND THAT: Wide receiver Mikey Henderson (hamstring) and offensive lineman Zeb McKinzey (shoulder) were back in red jerseys. … Former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves and former Georgia assistant David Kelly were at Monday's practice.

By the numbers

Passing
Player Yards TDs INTs
QB Blake Barnes 74 0 1
QB Joe Cox 44 1 0
QB Joe Tereshinski 48 0 0
QBMatthew Stafford 67 2 1



Rushing


Player yards carries
TB Thomas Brown 30 13
TB Danny Ware 30 10
TB Kregg Lumpkin 29 4
FB Jason Johnson 9 2



Receiving


Player Yards
TE Trahern Holden 63 1
WR Kenneth Harris 54 1
WR T.J. Gartrell 37 1
WR Mario Raley 28 0
FB Jason Johnson 3 0
FB Des Williams 14 1

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