By Josh Kendall
Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 14- of-17 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 1 offense against the No. 2 defense.
“That’s a big confidence builder, and our No. 1 defense played good,” Stafford said. “We just moved the ball up and down the field it seemed like. I think both sides of the ball played well.
Coach Mark Richt gave his No. 1 defense a “great” rating and his No. 1 offense a “very good.”
That wasn’t a change for the defense but quite an improvement for an offense that struggled in the first scrimmage.
Five receivers caught touchdowns passes, with Sean Bailey’s 45-yarder from Stafford leading the way. Michael Moore, who played with the starting offense, made a diving 31-yard scoring catch on a pass from Joe Cox; Kenneth Harris had 37-yard touchdown grab, and Tony Wilson scored from 24 yards outs.
“We got whooped last time,” Stafford said of the No. 1 offense. “We kind of had a little attitude about us this time.
Redshirt freshman tailback Knowshon Moreno led all running backs for the second straight scrimmage with 27 yards on three carries. Kregg Lumpkin had five carries for 26 yards, and Thomas Brown had six for 14 yards.
The No. 1 defense was paced by Dannell Ellerbe, who played exclusively at middle linebacker.He had nine tackles. Rennie Curran also had nine tackles, and Kelin Johnson had two tackles, an interception and a sack.
Georgia hopes to set its depth chart before the final scrimmage of the fall, which is Thursday.
“We’ll be making some hard decisions in the next day or two,” Richt said.
SAFETY FIRST: Senior Kelin Johnson and junior CJ Byrd have a solid hold on the starting safety spots, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said.
Redshirt freshman Reshad Jones, a highly regarded prep player, is still behind
on his knowledge of the system, Martinez said. Jones has missed the last three days of practice dueto a bruised knee.
“He’s struggling right now to learn it and understand it,” Martinez said. ready right now. It’s like a lot of these young players, good players but they’ve got to learnthe system.”
Jones will play this year, Martinez said, as will Houston County product Quintin Banks, another redshirt freshman.
“It would be great to start the first game, but whatever my role is, that’ll be great,” Jones said. “Once I get on the field, I know I will make plays.”
BACK AT HOME?: Jarius Wynn’s move from defensive end to defensive tackle isn’t a huge change for the GMC transfer. In fact, defensive tackle in Georgia’s 4-3-4 defensive scheme is largelythe same position as defensive end in GMC’s 3-3-5 system, he said.
“I like it better,” Wynn said of the move. “There’s more hitting.”
Wynn also played defensive tackle in high school, he said. After dropping to 267 pounds during fall camp, he hopes to weight 275 by the time the season starts.
INJURY UPDATE: Offensive linemen Kiante Tripp (ankle) and Vince Vance (ribs)
and linebacker Rennie Curran (ribs) suffered minor injuries Friday, Richt said. Wide receiver A.J. Bryant remains out due to heat-related headaches.