Murray: Offense dominates in scrimmage

A week ahead of its G-Day game, the Georgia football team completed its second spring scrimmage Saturday morning.

With starting quarterback Aaron Murray back, it was a good day for the offense in Sanford Stadium, players said.

“I thought we dominated the day,” said Murray, who missed the first scrimmage earlier in the week while attending an awards banquet. “Don’t write that too much in the paper. I don’t want the defensive players to get mad at me, but I thought the offense kicked butt today.”

Murray completed 13 of 21 passes for 159 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Hutson Mason was 8 of 14 for 154 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the scrimmage closed to the media. The defense got the better of the offense in Tuesday’s scrimmage.

“We had them pretty good today,” said receiver Chris Conley, who had six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Murray said the starting offense scored either a touchdown or a field goal on every possession, but Georgia coach Mark Richt said he liked what he saw on both sides of the ball. He said the defense did well in third- and fourth-down situations and said during the nine spring practices so far, it’s been fairly even.

“I thought the scrimmage was outstanding. I thought the guys really had fun today,” Richt said. “I thought they competed well. I think we’re still a little bit undisciplined with a little extracurricular activity after a couple of plays. Things get heated up and guys get after it a little bit after the whistle blows.”

Keith Marshall (25 yards on four carries) and Todd Gurley (14 yards on three) averaged 5.6 yards per carry.

Conley’s catches included one on third down in traffic that he almost took the distance. The junior has nine catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the two scrimmages.

“I feel like as a scrimmage goes on, as a game goes on, his conditioning is better than most everyone on that field,” Richt said. “Just like at the bowl game when he caught that little middle screen and took off. It looked like he ran a 4.2 (40-yard dash).”

Freshmen inside linebacker Reggie Carter had five tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

“He’s got a good attitude towards contact,” Richt said.

Murray called his interception “bullcrap,” and said it should have been negated by a defensive holding on Conley.

“Well, the ref didn’t see it,” said sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson, who got his third interception in the two scrimmages. “It was a pick. He threw a pick.”

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