They traded trash-talking tweets leading up to their G-Day player draft.
Now the rosters that they will take into the annual spring game Saturday are stocked.
“Team Boykin-Murray” – officially called the Black Team – selected by cornerback Brandon Boykin and quarterback Aaron Murray – will go up against “Team Jones-Robinson” – officially the Red Team – as picked by center Ben Jones and linebacker Christian Robinson.
“We’re similar to a Super Bowl champion-caliber team I would say,” Boykin said. “I think that me and Aaron did a tremendous job picking and they helped us by picking some not-too-good choices, as well, to start off.”
The players picked teams on Monday evening after a coin flip.
“They cheated,” Jones chimed in. “They had the first pick and they had Murray.”
The picks were done each position at a time.
The best value pick? Walk-on receiver Taylor Bradberry, Boykin said.
“He’s sure-handed,” Boykin said. “Similar to A.J. Green just not as fast. He always makes plays on G-Day and that was our steal of the draft.”
Coach Mark Richt switched up the format this year, something he said he had long wanted to do, but had let his assistants previously convince him otherwise.
“I think it definitely brings some excitement to the whole game” Murray said. “It’s definitely adding a little flavor to the locker room and out at practice. … There’s a lot of smack talk in the locker room.”
The Boykin-Murray team features tight end Orson Charles, tailback Washaun Ealey, cornerback Branden Smith, kicker Blair Walsh, nose Kwame Geathers and end DeAngelo Tyson.
“We’ve just got some great skill,” Murray said.
The Jones-Robinson team features offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Kenarious Gates, tailback Caleb King, receiver Tavarres King, quarterback Hutson Mason, linebacker Jarvis Jones, defensive back Sanders Commings and punter Drew Butler.
Murray said his best pick was the draft’s overall No. 1 pick, safety Shawn Williams, because of injuries at the position.
Jones said he picked Glenn first at the next position pick.
“We’ve got the winning team,” Jones said. “We’ve got the O-line. We’ve got Cordy, Gates. We’ve got some good players.”
Injuries to consider
The number of injuries put a premium on drafting well at certain positions, Jones said.
“We’ve got a lot of guys out, so it made drafting fun,” Jones said. “We were like, ‘Oh, we’ve got to get that position first.’ ”
A team trainer was in the draft room to offer updated information during the 30- to 45-minute draft.
Boykin said he expects to play on G-Day despite still being out with a concussion.
“I’ll be back Thursday to practice,” he said.
Ealey again did not practice Tuesday. He’s been out more than two weeks with a strained hamstring and his status is uncertain for G-day.
“We don’t know exactly yet,” Murray said. “Ken (Malcome) looked awesome today.”
Stafford joins QB competition
Georgia’s top three leaders in career passing yardage will take part in the G-Day quarterback skills competition now that Detroit Lion Matthew Stafford has joined up.
David Greene, Eric Zeier and Stafford rank 1-2-3 in program history in yards and D.J. Shockley, who quarterbacked the Bulldogs to the 2005 Southeastern Conference title, also is taking part in the halftime event.
Asked why he’s not taking part, offensive coordinator and former Bulldogs quarterback Mike Bobo said “because I would win.”
Murray said he would pick Stafford for distance and Greene for accuracy.
The quarterbacks are returning to Sanford Stadium to help raise support and awareness for the Johnathan Taylor Fund. Taylor, a Georgia outfielder, sustained a serious neck injury earlier this season.
This and that
Also not practicing Tuesday due to concussions: Robinson and safety Jakar Hamilton. Commings, who also sustained a concussion, was not seen during the portion of practice open to the media. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree (groin), receiver Israel Troupe (shoulder) and tight end Aron White were in non-contact jerseys. … Offensive lineman Dallas Lee (asthma-like condition) remains out. … Georgia holds its final practice before G-Day on Thursday.