UGA football notebook: QBs work to establish position behind Murray

The quarterbacks competing for Georgia’s backup job should Hutson Mason redshirt as planned didn’t get much of a progress report from offensive coordinator Mike Bobo after the first spring scrimmage.

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Running back Keith Marshall takes a handoff from quarterback Christian LeMay during the University of Georgia spring football practice in Athens Ga., Thursday, March 22, 2012.

“Nah, he just tells us continue to work, which I like,” redshirt freshman Christian LeMay said. “To me, it doesn’t matter who’s ahead, behind, to the side, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to continue to do what I do and be myself and continue to work hard.”

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound LeMay didn’t have an overly impressive line in the scrimmage: 2 of 7 passing for 44 yards and an interception.

“It wasn’t my best day, but that’s one of the things we’re building off of,” LeMay said.

LeMay hit Justin Scott-Wesley with a touchdown pass on a go route.

Of the interception, he said “That was my fault. That’s something we’re working on.”

Mason, a junior, is still working as Georgia’s No. 2 quarterback in practice, but the plan is to redshirt him this season to create some class separation unless quarterback Aaron Murray is injured.

That leaves LeMay, walk-on Parker Welch and true freshman early enrollee Faton Bauta to compete for snaps behind Murray.

LeMay said his knowledge of the offense is good, but not great at this point.

“I think LeMay has been making some very good progress,” coach Mark Richt said. “I’ve been happy with that. Of course, Faton is still learning.”

This is the second spring at Georgia for LeMay, who hasn’t played since his junior season at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. After receiving a 40-day school suspension for what his family said was a “youthful indiscretion,” LeMay withdrew from school and completed his requirements elsewhere.

“He has done a much better job this spring of being more sure of himself, understanding some concepts and getting us in the right play,” Bobo said last week. “He just needs more reps and this spring he’s getting a lot more reps.”

 

Marshall sidelined with hamstring injury

Georgia’s backfield was missing some key players in Tuesday’s practice, the first after the scrimmage.

Freshman tailback Keith Marshall, an early enrollee Raleigh, N.C., missed practice due to what Georgia called a slight hamstring injury.

Marshall rushed for 18 yards on five carries in the scrimmage.

“He’ll be a very important piece of this offense,” receiver Tavarres King said. “Hopefully, once he gets back he’ll just keep rolling.”

Richard Samuel, working at fullback lately, also didn’t practice.

Murray said he wasn’t sure what kept Samuel away.

“I know a couple of guys were sick,” Murray said. “I don’t know if he had that or what.”

Defensive end Ray Drew missed practice because he was sick. Guard/center Dallas Lee, who did not scrimmage Saturday, was still out. He may have a concussion, guard Chris Burnette said.

“He may be out a little bit longer,” Burnette said.

It turned out that the absences came on a day when practice was forced indoors by lightning in the area after about an hour and a half of work outdoors.

 

Rome on his 2-TD scrimmage game

Jay Rome was sharply dressed after practice in a tie and slacks.

The redshirt freshman tight end was heading to Georgia’s basketball banquet after interviews were done.

The 6-foot-6, 254-pound Rome, who played as a reserve forward on the basketball team this winter, was excited to have a pair of touchdown catches in Saturday’s scrimmage. Rome did it in front of his father and younger brother, but didn’t exactly view it as a breakout for him.

“I felt like I had a pretty good scrimmage,” Rome said. “There’s a lot of stuff I still need to work on, a lot of footwork stuff, a lot of timing stuff I need to work on in my routes to make me that much better.”

 

This and that

Former Georgia offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Neil Callaway attended practice and, as might be expected, spent time observing Will Friend’s offensive line group. Friend was a graduate assistant under Callaway at Georgia and later was offensive line coach for Callaway at UAB, where Callaway coached until being fired after last season. … Receiver Rantavious Wooten (pulled leg muscle) and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera (stinger) practiced in non-contact jerseys. Inside linebacker Christian Robinson (ribs) returned to practice after missing the scrimmage.

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