Greetings from Sanford Stadium for a relatively early G-Day spring game.
It comes before Masters week and is the earliest in the SEC.
Florida goes today also, but due to offensive line injuries it’s not holding a spring game, but going through drills and some scrimmage work. It’s a beautiful day with temperatures already near 60 and expected to push into the lowers 70s.
Yes, this is Georgia’s third and final scrimmage of the spring, but it’s also the closest thing to a real game that those unproven players—many on defense—will have before the opener against Clemson in a few months.
And don’t think that the competitive juices of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won’t be flowing if things go against their units.
“I know coach Grantham wants to shut the offense up,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “As soon as they make a big play if the twos or threes go in, I think he’s going to send the ones back in. He’s going to want to make sure the defense is still going to be on point. I feel like he’s going to want to prove that we don’t have a drop-off. I think he’s going to want to prove that we’re still going to have a
competitive defense this year.”
For those keeping score at home, the first-team offense and second-team defense will be on the Red Team and the first-team defense and second-team offense will be on the Black Team.
Starting quarterback Aaron Murray, Christian Lemay and Brice Ramsey are with the Red Team and Hutson Mason and Parker Welch with the Black Team. Tailbacks Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and J.J. Green and fullbacks Merritt Hall and Quayvon Hicks are all with the starters on the Red. The Black teams includes two early enrollees: safety Tray Matthews cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, who has moved up with Sheldon Dawson out with a hamstring injury.
“When the ones are playing, they’ll be going against the ones, and the twos will go against the twos, which makes for a pretty even ball game,” coach Mark Richt said. “Over the years, our scores aren’t usually a high-scoring affair. We always try to put our best on the best so that it becomes more of an even game
Except for last year. The Red team won 32-31.
—-Georgia posted on its athletic website the spring awards.
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is the MVP on defense and safety Tray Matthews was most improved on defense. Guess that is most improved from practice one to now.
The offensive MVP is Chris Conley. The offensive most improved player is fullback Quayvon Hicks.
The other awards:
True Grit (offense): offensive tackle Xzavier Ward.
Coffee County Hustle (offense): receiver Justin Scott-Wesley.
True Grit (defense): defensive end Sterling Bailey.
Coffey County Hustle (defense): inside linebacker Ramik Wilson.
Outstanding walk-on (offense): receiver Clay Johnson.
Outstanding walk-on (defense): defensive end Clint Kirk and defensive back Tristan Askew.
A note about Mr. Askew. He’s a transfer from NAIA Eastern Oregon University and led his team with four interceptions with 48 tackles last season.
–Scratch freshman inside linebacker Ryne Rankin from playing today. He tweeted that he is being held out of the scrimmage because of a low and high ankle sprain.
–Murray expects simple schemes for the offense and defense today.
“I doubt we’re going to be too fancy or anything like that,” he said. “It’s probably going to be basic stuff. Spring, especially the game, it’s for the fans and to get them excited for the season, but you’re not going to see any flat-back rooskies like we had against Ole Miss and stuff like that. It’s going to be just go out there, pound it out, have some fun, play around, let the young guys play a lot. I don’t even know how much I’m going to play. I’m hoping a good amount, but I’m kind of scared Bobo’s going to sit me for a while, but I don’t know.”
–The annual letterman’s flag football game is going on. Tyson Browning has a couple of touchdowns already (I think). Among those also playing: Des Williams, Marquis Elmore, Brandon Miller and Darius Dewberry.
–More Jordan Jenkins on the defense today:
“They’ll be shocked when they see us. They’ll be asking who is this, who is that. They’re going to ask who everybody on defense is. We’ve got some playmakers coming out Saturday.”
–Linebacker Brandon Burrows (concussion)is not dressed out to play. Looks like Chris Conley (hamstring) will go.
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