Marlon Brown didn‚Äôt like how his day began in Georgia‚Äôs first preseason scrimmage on Wednesday.
‚ÄúI had a ball across the middle at the beginning of the scrimmage that I dropped,‚Äù Brown said of a would-be touchdown catch that coach Mark Richt described as hitting the receiver in the nose. ‚ÄúI was kind of mad at myself for that. After that, I was like `I‚Äôm going to catch every ball and make something big happen, try to redeem myself.‚Äù‚Äô
The senior led all receivers in Sanford Stadium with six catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
‚ÄúHe had the most opportunities, the most balls thrown at him and he took advantage of it,‚Äù Richt said.
Brown, the senior from Memphis, has been ‚Äúhot this whole camp,‚Äù according to Richt.
Richt said he remembered Brown having a strong preseason last year, too, but a high ankle sprain kept him from having the season he wanted last year when he had 15 catches for 234 yards.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre all just praying that he stays healthy and he does well,‚Äù Richt said.
Brown‚Äôs big day this time came in August practice but that doesn‚Äôt mean he wants to save all of his production for the real deal.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs practice so I feel like just go out there and make plays when the ball comes your way,‚Äù he said.
Brown couldn‚Äôt remember how long his touchdowns were, but receiver Rantavious Wooten thought one went for at least 30 yards.
‚ÄúIt was real fun, but it was real quiet because it was a scrimmage,‚Äù Brown said. ‚ÄúWhen the fans get there and the lights come on, I feel like everybody will be ready to make big plays.‚Äù