Safety Corey Moore racked up nine tackles and snagged an interception in Georgia‚Äôs second spring scrimmage Saturday. The sophomore should have plenty of chances to make more plays next weekend at the G-Day game because a couple of other safeties may be unable to go.
Senior Shawn Williams sustained a knee injury in the morning scrimmage at the Woodruff practice fields. Georgia already was missing Bacarri Rambo with what coach Mark Richt said is a hamstring injury.
Richt said Williams‚Äô injury won‚Äôt require surgery, but he did not know if Williams will be able to work during the final week of spring practice.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs in there (in the training room) doing fine right now,‚Äù Richt said of Williams, who grabbed an interception in both scrimmages so far.
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Moore, from Griffin, appears headed for a frontline role since Rambo is facing a four-game suspension after his second violation of Georgia‚Äôs drug-testing policy.
Of Moore, Richt said: ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs coming. He‚Äôs a very aggressive football player when it comes to coming up to make a tackle. He‚Äôs a good athlete. He‚Äôs learning a lot. He‚Äôs getting a lot better. He‚Äôs going to have to play for us. He‚Äôs going have to be able to function for us.‚Äù
Marshall, Samuel doubtful for G-Day
Freshman tailback Keith Marshall is unlikely to make his Sanford Stadium debut Saturday on G-Day.
Richt called Marshall ‚Äúdoubtful‚Äù to play due to a pulled hamstring. He did not scrimmage and hasn‚Äôt practiced for a week.
Fullback Richard Samuel‚Äôs status for G-Day is uncertain due to a concussion.
‚ÄúI would say the chance of Keith going is probably not very good,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard to say on Richard.‚Äù
Richt said he hoped to have teams divided up for the G-Day game by the end of the day Monday, but rosters won‚Äôt be released until later.
Asked if players will draft teams like last year, Richt said: ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs still up for debate. … I kind of wanted to see how we came out of this scrimmage, just to see where we‚Äôre at.‚Äù
QBs get going
Georgia‚Äôs quarterbacks threw four touchdown passes in the scrimmage.
Aaron Murray completed 8 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Hutson Mason went 12 of 19 for 151 with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Walk-on Parker Welch was 5 of 10 for 57 yards and a touchdown and Christian LeMay completed 3 of 6 for 28 yards and an interception.
‚ÄúWe threw and caught it a lot better,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúIt started out not very good, but as the scrimmage went on more plays were made.‚Äù
Marlon Brown led all receivers with five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Wesley had five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterbacks are sacked by touch during the scrimmage.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôre trying to make a judgment on whether a play would have been a sack or not,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWe tried to err on the side of letting the ball get thrown.‚Äù
Richt said the defense still was ‚Äúpretty stout.‚Äù
Nose guards too much for O-line
Georgia‚Äôs offensive line continues to be having a tough time this spring.
Making life difficult are 350-pound nose guards John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, who at times have even lined up together on the defensive line.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got two of the biggest nose guards around and maybe two of the better ones around, too,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre making it tough on our centers. Even when our centers do everything right, they‚Äôre still just big strong guys that know what they‚Äôre doing and are just penetrating into the backfield quite often.‚Äù
David Andrews, Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee have worked at center, Richt said. Even Kolton Houston has seen some work there.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been kind of a round-robin,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt settled on anybody yet.‚Äù
Geathers was credited with two sacks on Saturday.
Ken Malcome led all rushers with 29 yards on five carries. Isaiah Crowell had 23 on six and Brandon Harton ran for 11 on six.
‚ÄúThe offensive line is still being challenged every day,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúThere still wasn‚Äôt a lot of room to move the football. When the ball did get moved, it was moved moreso through the air. The O-line‚Äôs definitely got a way to go. There‚Äôs no doubt about that.‚Äù
This and that
Georgia already has double-digit commitments for its 2013 class after getting four verbal pledges Thursday and Friday. ‚ÄúSometimes it hits faster than others,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúYou just don‚Äôt know. We‚Äôve done a good job of getting offers out there and pursuing these guys and letting them know we want them and getting them on the campus. It‚Äôs been going good.‚Äù … Georgia has three more practices this week before Saturday‚Äôs 3 p.m. G-Day game. … Walk-on safety Connor Norman returned an interception for a touchdown. … Cornerback Devin Bowman ‚Äúgot the wind knocked out of him,‚Äù but returned.