Some thoughts after Georgia’s G-Day game:
— If you’re a Georgia fan, you’ve got to love the fact that coach Mark Richt said after a day when starting quarterback Hutson Mason went 18 of 27 for 241 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions that his two other scrimmages “were even better than today.”
— Faton Bauta seemed to have lost momentum in the battle for No. 2 quarterback, but he certainly got it back on Saturday.
He completed 16 of 28 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
His arm was better than I thought.
He showed bounce-back ability after an intentional grounding when he was sacked by Josh Dawson.
The next two plays he hit deep balls to Kenneth Towns of 47 yards and Uriah Lemay for 41 and a touchdown.
Brice Ramsey completed 2 of 13 passes for 78 yards in what Richt said was probably “his least impressive practice.”
Richt said that Bauta “did a nice job today, but of the No. 2 job said “it’s a good battle.”
Bauta and Ramsey threw interceptions on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter.
Bauta was picked off by Brendan Langley and Ramsey by walk-on Aaron Davis.
— There was a combined 578 passing yards given up on the day, but cornerback Damian Swann didn’t seem bothered b y that.
“I think we played pretty good,” he said. “We’re getting better. We’re being coached in really into the technique stuff. Everything that happened today can be fixed.”
Georgia was missing two of its best players in the secondary in starting nickel back J.J. Green (ankle) and safety Tray Matthews (hamstring).
Swann stepped into the star role with the Black team..
The starting secondary included Corey Moore and walk-ons Davis and Lucas Redd.
Much more on Matthews in a notebook item that will be posted online.
By the way, here’s what Mark Richt said about all those passing yards: “It’s good to see quarterbacks throw the ball in scrimmages in front of an audience.”
— There seemed to be more subbing on defense than I remembered at G-Day under Todd Grantham.
Inside linebacker Kosta Vavlas, defensive lineman John Atkins and safety Tramel Terry got a lot of snaps with the Black Team. Atkins had four tackles. Terry had four tackles and a pass breakup.
— Richt stood 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage during the game when he wasn’t in the broadcast booth.
When the Red team got to the Black 43 in the second quarter, Richt said on the radio broadcast:
“We’re actually in Marshall Morgan’s range,” Richt said on the radio.
Almost. Morgan was wide right on a 53-yard field goal to end the first half.
He converted from 34 and 30.
— Much more also on the offensive line shuffles also in a note online.
The takeaway for me is that left guard remains a concern. Kolton Houston, moved from right tackle, started there over Brandon Kublanow.
Greg Pyke seems pretty secure at right guard
“Overall,” Richt said, “the protection was good.”
— Other things that jumped out: tight end Quayvon Hicks lined up wide as receiver. Walk-on Towns (1 catch, 9 yards) ran with the starting unit at times at receiver. Jonathon Rumph remains hot and cold. He had 2 catches for 18 yards after much talk about him again this spring.
— Besides the pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct calls, there was also Atkins and Jonathon Taylor drawing offsides penalties in the first quarter on back-to-back plays and Sheldon Dawson being called for a facemask in second quarter after a catch by Clay Johnson.
— The only injury of note appears to be to walk-on offensive lineman Eddie McQuillen with a knee injury.
— This was practice No. 13 and scrimmage No. 3.
Richt admitted it’s probably of greater value than the first two scrimmages.
“Maybe a little more,” he said. “It is closer to a game.”
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