Wrapping up spring football . . .

   Athens – The last morsels from Georgia’s spring football practice:

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   Bryan Evans had a nice interception in the G-Day game — one week after sustaining a concussion in another scrimmage.

  Aside from the concussion, it was a very good spring for Evans, who got notably burned a few times at cornerback early last season but has gained teammates’ and coaches’ confidence at safety.

  ”There are still things I have to learn, but I think I’ve kind of shown the team what I can do back there at my new position, so I’m excited about that,” Evans said.  “It was a new opportunity for me — just to go out with a clean slate. I just wanted to gain their trust.”

  Evans, who will be a fifth-year senior in the fall, said he has found that he actually prefers safety to his long-time cornerback position.

   “It is more comfortable for me,” he said, “because I’ve always been a person that likes contact. I’m not the biggest safety, but I’m not afraid of contact at all.”

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  Mark Richt and Mike Bobo said from the start that newly arrived freshman quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger would not be competing for playing time this spring – but would be learning and adjusting.

  That said, it’s hard to overlook Murray’s combined statistics from three spring scrimmages: 13-of-21 passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.

  Mettenberger’s statistics in the same scrimmages were polar opposite: 2-of-18 for 43 yards, with two interceptions.

  Striking as the disparity seems, the coaches don’t seem to be making anything of it. Both Richt and Bobo say they were pleased with both of the freshmen quarterbacks’ play and progress this spring.

  “For whatever reason, the balls that Zach has thrown have gotten dropped more than the balls Aaron has thrown,” Richt said. “But both of them have proven to me they’re very intelligent, good fundamentally, can hit their target and have bright futures.”

  Bobo said the next few months will be important to both quarterbacks in terms of “processing everything that went on this spring.”  He said they will enter the summer as co-No. 3 behind starter Joe Cox and backup Logan Gray, although adding that some separation will have to come shortly thereafter.

  ”They’re going to have to get ready to compete this fall,” Bobo said. “We can’t continue to rep four quarterbacks. We’ve got to find out who the top, top ones are and get them ready to play. . . . I’d say after the second [summer] scrimmage at the latest we’ll make a decision on those two young guys . . . to see who could possibly be ready to play this fall.”

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  As you’ve probably heard too many times, injuries sidelined about 25 players from most or all of Georgia’s spring practice. The good news – as Richt has happily pointed out a couple of times in the past few days – is that when the Bulldogs next take the practice field as a team this summer, there will be “40 to 50″ additional healthy players on hand.  All of the injured players except two – WR Kris Durham and OL Josh Davis – are expected back by summer, when the team also will be joined by incoming freshmen.

  Between now and summer camp, the coaches have implored the team’s seniors to lead in the weight room, in players-only practice-field work and off the field.

  “That’s been some of our biggest discussion points the last couple of weeks with our seniors,” Richt said. “We want them to practically lead this football team.

  “I really like the way they are taking on the responsibility of that.”

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  G-Day  drew a record crowd for a Georgia spring game: 42,458 in Sanford Stadium, not to mention the national TV audience via ESPN.

  So . . . what did you think of what you saw on G-Day?

145 comments Add your comment

athensdawg

April 13th, 2009
6:38 am

yawn…..another spring game.

“It is a tale….full of sound and fury….signifying nothing.”
-William Shakespeare

Lane

April 13th, 2009
6:49 am

Kiante Tripp’s performance @ DE?

Comments from coaches??

Corrine Brown (D) FL

April 13th, 2009
7:34 am

I did not see da gutsy percy harvey or coarch meyers at da g-game?

Go Gator!

p

April 13th, 2009
7:47 am

A dawg quoting Shakespeare? Who’da thunk?

And Corrine, it’s getting old, dude.

UGADawg83

April 13th, 2009
8:01 am

Houston was stout. We also showed good fundamentals on defense.

UGASlobberknocker

April 13th, 2009
8:04 am

The good: Justin Houston, Evans at safety where he should have been all along, Tripp looks better at DE than any other posaition he has played. Marcus Washington looked good. Aaron Murray throws a rope.

The bad: first the obvious: can anyone catch the ball? The other concerns: Cox was average. The 1st team O line didnt play like 5 returning starters. King doesnt look like he is giving 100% on every play to me..he is too inconsistent play to play. Thomas and Fred Mutz are good stories, but neither should be in the RB rotation with the talent we have; hopefully in the fall this duo will be back to 5th and 6th on the depth chart.

I see a team that of course is capable if beating anyone..but on paper, Florida is my preseason #1 in SEC and nation; we are not to that level that I can see. I do not see any other SEC team that are better than us however. LSU may be ranked higher in preseason; Im guessing uga at #11-15 in first poll. Re; Fla: if natl championships were won on paper, So. Cal would be the champ every year. Fla lost to OMiss last year, they could trip again. so like every year; Im saying 11-0 til somebody proves me wrong. (like Ok state or LSU).

Bob Gregory

April 13th, 2009
8:15 am

OB’s both looked good. Love Joe Cox. Receivers could use a little stick’em.

plainville dawg

April 13th, 2009
8:26 am

After the performance on Saturday, the Dawgs could have a long season. Logan Gray was by far the most impressive on offense (two drops that were easly catchable). I hope they don’t revert back to dropping passes like they did several years ago. Was the defense that good or was the offense that bad? The crowd was good but not a lot of excitement.

Georgia News - 4/13/09 | MrSEC.com

April 13th, 2009
8:33 am

[...] Here are the morning notes from the Georgia campus:The Bulldogs’ spring practice might be over, but there are still plenty of questions left unanswered in Athens… including these five.After losing Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford, it was probably unsettling for fans to watch their offense score nary a touchdown until the final minutes of Saturday’s scrimmage.Mark Bradley of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution doesn’t believe Dawg fans should be panicking over Saturday’s lackluster G-Day game.(I agree completely.  It’s a spring game.  Terrible teams can look good, good teams can look terrible.  There’s no way to guess from a spring game how a team is going to perform when the real curtain goes up.)Mark Richt said, “I think the defense took this game very seriously and was excited about establishing that edge.”  The two squads combined for just 16 points.At least there were few injuries in the game, as revealed in this notes column.Backup quarterback Logan Gray had “arguably” the best day passing the football.At tailback, Carlton Thomas appears to have caught Caleb King to become “co-1’s” going into the fall.Freshman quarterback Aaron Murray — who isn’t competing for the starter’s job — finished with solid stats in Georgia’s three scrimmages. [...]

Mikey

April 13th, 2009
8:41 am

I hope we dont have to punt a lot. If we do we might be in trouble.
No rush and we only averaged 35 yards per kick?

BS

April 13th, 2009
9:21 am

Cox-managed the game–which is all I expected.
Gray-looked as good as last year’s spring game, or better. Receivers dropped 2 or 3 of his passes.
Tripp-Honestly, I didn’t even know he was playing, either not that effective or Houston’s beastly performance overshadowed it.
Evans-like him at safety. He should be alright there.
Marcus Washington-good to have him back, but I think he may need to put his hand in the ground(make him a DE or at least some reps). He played some there and did well.
Thomas-Disagree with SlobberKnocker, he will be a factor this fall. He want make much progress between tackles, but has a nice lateral quickness.

DC Martinez—ok, I admit I am still on the Van Gorder hangover for the last 5 or 6 years, but I was impressed with the aggressiveness. Martinez was blitzing a lot early on. He may have been doing this to try to get some momentum, which didn’t work, but I like the aggression. Attack or be attacked, and I like the aggression.

Ben

April 13th, 2009
9:36 am

I actually thought this was one ofthe better spring games in a while. The D looked pretty dominating, playing solidly and on assignment, the O line looked like they could compete with most starting SEC lineups, all of the QBs looked solid… even the INT Mett threw was a decent ball that Evans made an awesome break on.

Overall a good spring performance considering injuries. Also note that most of the players who dropped balls won’t be at the front of the WR rotation come the fall, so that doesn’t concern me.

gatorman770

April 13th, 2009
9:41 am

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm looked like Gator Bait!

Voice of Reason

April 13th, 2009
9:41 am

I was VERY pleased with the amount of blitzes called by Martinez. Maybe that continues into the season!

Sanford Drive

April 13th, 2009
9:51 am

I wouldn’t be as irritated if those 6 passes weren’t dropped. Seems like a lot of the same. Also, Caleb King is terrible.

Oledawg

April 13th, 2009
9:56 am

The naysayers are grouping and a fin or two breaks the surface. Spring ball is to keep the players in shape and put on a show for probable recruits-nothing else. No player inference can be made from what happens on G-Day. So stop it already. The starting players are chosen by the coaches and has a lot to do with who is ready in Sept. and not what they did in the Spring Game. Do you think they would suggest that Joe is the starting QB if he wasn’t the best player at that position now and barring injury, will be the starter this Fall. It’s great to know that the backups are talented andge ready. It’s great to know that most players now and those arriving in the summer are capable of making the team when healthy. We can’t go thru to the fall holding our breath concerning injury. We want them to practice hard all summer and the hell with possible injuries. It has already been proven that lack of hard practice puts us at a disadvantage.

Teckies on here have no knowledge of UGA football and come on here because they have no knowledge of GT football either. I think most of them aren’t from GT and only take on Tech names to cover up that they are highschoolers at best. I have a better opinion of most Tech sports fans than what the little jerks spew on these blogs.

We just have to be patient Dawgs and get our treat in the fall. Only 145 days. We should be content to stay under the radar. And worry about the punting game. Until last year it has been a large part of UGA’s success since 2000. We need that weapon honed during the summer.

DawginLex

April 13th, 2009
10:00 am

RAMBLER,

The UGA stalker comes back again. 5-7? I’ll take that action.

You better worry about keeping the batteries in your robot. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the robot roll call on the tech/nerd blog. And you wonder why we never stop laughing at you………………………………………

michael

April 13th, 2009
10:02 am

it still looks like cox is the # 3 starter

yellowblood

April 13th, 2009
10:04 am

Looks like we’ll be having many Tickle Piles at UGAG’s expence over the next few years.

m

April 13th, 2009
10:06 am

It looks like the dawgs are going to suck this year, even worse than they sucked last year…if that is even possible. Paul Johnson is going to make your so-called defense look even more pathetic than last year. Looks like reverend Richt might be starting down the donnan road. Sad…..NOT.

Sanford Drive

April 13th, 2009
10:18 am

I would go over to the Tech blog to spew random garbage, but I don’t follow high-school sports.

nerdhater

April 13th, 2009
10:18 am

DON’T LOOK NOW NERDS J.NESBIT IS HURT

UGA 80's baby

April 13th, 2009
10:24 am

this is to m if you think that fake a$% school off north ave will we bet uga this year lets bet something and money isnt a thing. money talk bullsh@& walk lets see how much tech fans like them this year im calling all of them out bet something our shut the fu*% up UGA stand the FU^% up this is our state we run football

Corrine Brown (D) FL

April 13th, 2009
10:28 am

Red Elephant

April 13th, 2009
10:29 am

I watched most of the game on ESPN. I would worry about what seems to be a distinct lack of an offensive threat outside of Green. Someone will need to step up and make big catches. I counted at least 5 dropped passes that were on the numbers. I do like the way UGA uses the FB and TE. That could really help you. I think your defense will step up from last year once you are fully healthy. I was also a bit shocked at your lack of RB. If you can’t run you can’t beat LSU and Florida. All in all you should be tough, and I’m glad Alabama doesn’t have to play you this year. I always get nervous when you pop up on the schedule. Good luck and Roll Tide!

KDAWG

April 13th, 2009
10:33 am

Everybody should just chill with the predictions! You can’t tell much with half the team on sidelines injured. But, I will say this, Caleb King needs to step his game up. He does seem like he’s running half speed.

Redd

April 13th, 2009
10:38 am

RAMBO!!!!!!

HE WAS REALLY STRIKING FOR FIRST BLOOD. HE SHOWED THE BEST SIGNS AT SAFETY. HE WAS ALL OVER THE FIELD, AND THAT PUNISHING HIT HE PUT ON THAT RECEIVER WAS VICIOUS. LOOK OUT FOR HIM.

Mitch

April 13th, 2009
10:42 am

Does anyone know the purpose of spring football? I know the blogs are great for talking smack, but come on. Spring football is not for laying all of one’s cards on the table. A purpose of spring football is to put pieces of the off-season together, not run one’s full offense and defense. Predictions and speculation resulting from spring football is about like predicting a player’s full NFL potential from the combine only. You just can’t do that. There are so many more factors to winning than spring football. How about some dudes who have played make some comment.

GeoffDawg

April 13th, 2009
10:42 am

m – is it possible to suck worse than a 10 win season and a top 10 finish? Sure, go check out tech last season.

uga_b

April 13th, 2009
10:42 am

Personally, the energy was kinda flat for the game. Dropped passes killed that. It was nice to see our defensive line make it across the line of scrimmage. Logan had a nice game. Richard Samuel should feel pretty good. Special teams will tell the tale in the fall and who knows where we are with that? Get healthy and stay out of trouble.

G Davis

April 13th, 2009
10:43 am

Ramble ON… I have always found you obnoxious, bitter, jealous, and sometimes funny. I was sad to see the racist comment in your post today. I didn’t know you were a racist.

Sanford Drive

April 13th, 2009
10:44 am

Caleb King looked like he was running in slow motion. Chapas had more yardage than King. I vote for Samuel/Thomas to start the season. I know Samuel is injured, but there’s no way he can stink more than King. What a bust.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 13th, 2009
10:44 am

Don’t forget that there will be additional players coing in over the summer that might be able to contribute right away if needed. Sounds like they will be needed from everybody’s comments. If not for actual playing time then maybe pressure on the starters to perform.

GeoffDawg

April 13th, 2009
10:53 am

Seriously, what does it take to get through to King to play more aggressively? All the criticism he’s taking (i.e. blocking, not hitting the holes hard, etc.) could be mostly resolved by just intensity alone. That has nothing to do with talent, just his internal drive. If he doesn’t step up sometime this year, I’m afraid he never will and will end up as another Jasper Sanks.

Will

April 13th, 2009
10:59 am

Dawg fans relax…. The offense will get much better by August and we have pleny of playmakers on that side of the ball. They just need some time to jell. However, the SEC must take notice of our D. I have been saying since last Sept how much we missed the run-stopper Marcus Washington. But now the kid has added some speed and is going to be simply awesome! Look out for Sanders Commings as well. We have studs and depth at every position on that side of the ball. And yes UGA haters, just as much as the mighty Gators. I think we are looking at a 11-2 season here. Possibly better.

capstone1

April 13th, 2009
11:07 am

UGA looked rough..dropped ball..it is only spring so UGA will improve…attendence was a joke…BAMA will lead the country again, they should have at least 80000 if not a sellout of 92138 again…i hope UGA can stop UF, and UT this year…UGA has too much talent in state not to be good…need a new Defense Cord….

Kenny Powers

April 13th, 2009
11:10 am

They don’t run 100% at the spring game anyway, you don’t want to knock out another one of your players. Caleb King does need to run harder if he wants to start; like my 101mph heater right in the opponents eyehole!!!!!!

JT

April 13th, 2009
11:12 am

RAMBLE ON!!! — Not that it matters if he is or is not, but Mohammed Massoquoi is not a muslim (first name notwithstanding). So, you can keep your racist ramblings to yourself. By the way, the G-Day attendance was only 5k less than the GT home game average last year. Hahahahahaha…that is too freakin’ funny…what an embarrassment that must be for the maggot faithful….I guess the brain trust at the Edge Athletic Center will need to regroup on their 4 free hot dogs, 4 free cokes and 4 free pizzas marketing strategy and pursue a G-Day strategy and just go for 4 freeTICKETS if they hope to fill up the Techwood dump

JustCallMeChamp

April 13th, 2009
11:23 am

Just beat Tennessee, thats all I’m askin’

DawgBite

April 13th, 2009
11:30 am

Well RAMBLE ON!! one of those 5 wins will be GT.

J Dub

April 13th, 2009
11:34 am

It was very exciting to see the red and black take the field Saturday. Spring practice aside, there is a certain feeling of anticipation that comes with seeing the dawgs on the field. I was impressed with Logan Gray and Carlton Thomas. I enjoyed watching the defense hit and tackle. I missed that last year. I am really looking forward to seeing if Marlon Brown will step up and claim a top 3 slot in that wr corp. I think Michael Moore will be a good player this year and hope that we can get more production from the TE’s this year. I saw put Thomas and Munz in the backfield and hit the opposition with a little thunder and lighting like the ole Tampa Bay Bucs used to with Alstott and Dunn. Caleb King is slowly turning into Jasper Sanks. Go Dawgs!!

Diamond Dawg

April 13th, 2009
11:36 am

I mean does Caleb King have a learning disability???? He does not look like he had learned anything during his time in Athens. If at all he should have learned a lil something from Moreno. Good Grief, what a bust!!!!!!!!!

Pago Flyer

April 13th, 2009
11:38 am

The DAWGS still have to play against Tebow!

dawgfan1911

April 13th, 2009
11:38 am

The first mistake CMR has made so far is not opening up the qb race. Logan Gray, to me has shown the best ability to make plays when the play called break down. I dont know if Joe Cox has that ability. The running back race will be questionable all year. As big a fan as I am of Georgia, I must say that this looks like a 4 or 5 lost team. Florida, LSU, maybe @Arkansas @ O State and maybe @Tenn where we never seem to play well. That said, this ia a rebuilding year. There are a lot of young players on this team. There are a lot of questions at important positions and it goes to say that some of the coaches are questionable on CMR staff, defense and special teams to name a few. To get to an elite level like the Florida, USC’s, and Oklahomas of the world, it takes good position coaches who know how to game plan opponents. I am not sure we have that.

Buford T. Pusser

April 13th, 2009
11:42 am

Looks like Caleb King is the second coming of Jasper Sanks.

Buford T. Pusser

April 13th, 2009
11:45 am

I hate it when I come up with a perfect analogy, only to ready where some lesser being has already made it.

J Dub

April 13th, 2009
11:47 am

Don’t hate the player Buford, hate the game!

coach smith

April 13th, 2009
11:48 am

Washaun Ealey will be the feature back before the end of the season…and he will get in the mix and play before that as will Marlon Brown

GeoffDawg

April 13th, 2009
11:51 am

That comparison wasn’t a big stretch to start with. Don’t start patting yourself on the back just yet Buford.

JB

April 13th, 2009
11:54 am

Bama draws 90 k for spring game for one reason…….. Might be a BEAR sighting. They swear he’s not dead. they talk about him daily…Wonder how ole Bear would have done with the 85 player rule rather than 140-150 players ?