Georgia’s defense seemed to hold up pretty good in the Bulldogs’ first spring scrimmage on Tuesday.
It came on an afternoon when quarterback Aaron Murray was excused.
That meant backup Hutson Mason got to take most of the first-team reps, which he was thrilled about.
“There were some good plays made out there offensively, but as far as putting together drives and scoring points, it just didn’t happen today,” coach Mark Richt said. “The defense did a really nice job.”
Murray attended the “Peach of an Athlete” Banquet in Atlanta.
“We gave him permission to do so,” Richt said.
Murray was a little concerned about whether he would still be in the the running for the team’s “Iron Man” Trophy.
“We’re not counting this one against him,” Richt said. “He took care of his obligation today.”
Some names who drew praise from players: safety Tray Mattthews and defensive end Ray Drew.
Richt said it was hard to throw downfield in the 15-mile per hour winds.
“What I liked is they played physical, they played with a lot of energy,” Richt said. “There was some emotion out there. I liked that. I thought they competed well. A couple of little scuffles but nothing too bad.”
Here is Hutson Mason talking about his scrimmage:
Keith Marshall 11-71 yards
J.J. Green 6-6
Brandon Harton 5-5
Todd Gurley 2-15
Kyle Karempelis 3-21
Hutson Mason 14-23 186 yards TD 2INT
Christian LeMay 1-11 13 yards
Parker Welch 5-10 33 yards INT
Brice Ramsey 6-10 51 yards 3 INT
“A lot of picks,” Richt said. “It was a rough day to throw and catch and there were quite a few dropped balls actually in that mess.”
Malcolm Mitchell 3-30 yards
Rhett McGowan 2-21
Justin Scott-Wesley 2-40
Michael Erdmann – 2-29
Chris Conley 3-72 TD
Blake Tibbs 4-42
About 8 or 9 with 1 catch, according to Richt.
Marshall Morgan 1-of-3 on FGs. Missed from 60 and “like 57″ according to Richt.
“He made the one “realistic” yardage kick, Richt said. “The wind was blowing pretty good so I was like `Let’s go for 60.”
Defensive statistics (tackles and sacks separate)
Connor Norman 3 tackles
Ramik Wilson 7 tackles
Tray Matthews 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup
Amarlo Herrera 2 tackles
Ryne Rankin 2 tackles
T.J. Stripling 2 sacks
Lucas Redd 1 sack
Ray Drew 2 sacks, 1 TFL
Garrison Smith 2 tackles
Josh Harvey-Clemons 3 tackles
Jordan Jenkins 1 tackle, 2 sacks
Josh Dawson 1 TFL
Reggie Carter 2 tackles, INTMarc Deas 2 tackles
Sheldon Dawson 1 tackle, 2 INTs
Chris Mayes 2 tackles
John Atkins 1 TFL, 1 sack