18 players miss Dogs’ scrimmage with injuries

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ATHENS – Georgia’s football team held its next-to-last scrimmage of spring practice Saturday morning in Sanford Stadium.

Well, some of the team did, anyway.

Eighteen players were sidelined by various injuries — a reflection of a grueling spring of physical practices.

At least five projected defensive starters were among those not participating: cornerback Brandon Boykin, safety Bacarri Rambo, cornerback/safety Sanders Commings and inside linebackers Christian Robinson and Alec Ogletree. Boykin, Commings and Robinson were sidelined because of concussions, Rambo because of a sprained knee ligament and Ogletree because of a strained groin.

The scrimmage was closed to the public and media, but statistics provided afterward by coach Mark Richt revealed that the Bulldogs had more success throwing than running — or, if you prefer to look at it the other way, more success stopping the run than stopping the pass.

Richt reported that the quarterbacks threw five touchdown passes -– three by backup Hutson Mason and one apiece by starter Aaron Murray and freshman Christian LeMay –- but that the top rusher, tailback Carlton Thomas, had just 26 yards on eight carries.

“Not much in the way of running the ball,” Richt said, “but the guys [pass-]protected pretty good, threw and caught pretty good.”

Of course, they were throwing and catching against an injury-depleted secondary.

“When you compete the way we’ve been competing and hit the way we’ve been hitting, there’s going to be some [injuries],” Richt said. “But my goal this spring was to make sure we’re a physical football team and a team that will get after it every time we put pads on. And I have seen that.”

Said wide receiver Tavarres King: “We’re out there grinding. It’s been a pretty rough spring, but we needed it. I feel like we needed it to get back to where we need to be.”

Richt said he expects “a bunch” of the injured players back at practice next week, including tailback Washaun Ealey, who has been sidelined most of the spring with a strained hamstring.

The numbers game

More details from the scrimmage:

  • Murray completed 11 of 16 passes for 125 yards, Mason 12 of 19 for 192 and LeMay two of two for 67. LeMay and Michael Bennett connected on a 66-yard touchdown — “a broken play but those count too,” Richt said.
  • Caleb King was limited to 16 yards rushing on seven carries, and another tailback, Ken Malcome, was held out because of a groin injury that has bothered him all spring.
  • Shawn Williams, the only scholarship safety participating, and Richard Samuel, working as a first-team inside linebacker, led the defense with seven tackles apiece.
  • Outside linebacker Chase Vasser had a productive day: four tackles, an interception, a sack and a pass breakup.

G-Day format

Georgia will have three more practices –- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday –- before wrapping up the spring with the annual G-Day intra-squad game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium.

Richt plans a new method of choosing sides for the spring game. In the past, coaches have chosen the squads, generally putting the first-string offense on the “red” team and the first-string defense on the “black” team. This time, Richt plans to pick offensive and defensive captains for each side and let them “draft” players for their rosters.

“Shoot, I’ve wanted to do this for years, but I always let the assistant coaches talk me out of it,” Richt said. “This year, I’m not going to let them.”

Players won’t know how high, or low, they are drafted. The selections will be made with only the captains, Richt and director of sports medicine Ron Courson in the room, and then the rosters will be posted.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

106 comments Add your comment

UGA Alumnus

April 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

UGA Alumnus

April 9th, 2011
3:51 pm

They will heal up and be ready for the season.

My Dad can whoop your dad

April 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

I wish football was year round!!!!

trupert

April 9th, 2011
4:14 pm

Glad to see the dawgs getting after it, reminds me of days gone passed, when Munson would worry about wearing out and injuring the players but it will pay dividends and I don’t think these players will run out of gas in the fourth quarter.

Sounds like the defense is laying the wood and that’s what’s been missing. looking forward to G-day and a great season.

The Boss

April 9th, 2011
4:15 pm

Ain’t no need to go to UGA’s G-Day, last year’s top 2 performers, Mettenberger and Williams, got kicked off the team for playing better than Richt’s favorites. We all know who the starters will be, why waste time with the smoke and mirros stuff. We all know Murray will be outplayed by either Mason, Lemay or both, and it won’t matter.

RabidDawgFan

April 9th, 2011
4:18 pm

It’s not good that the players are getting hurt, and luckily they’ll all be healthy for fall camp and to start the season, but all that tells me is that they are not letting up just because they’re going up against each other. They are ready to light some people up. They’re hungry, and it seems like they’re all focused on Boise State. I think Boise is in trouble, but that’s just my opinion. With the way we’re hitting in only spring, imagine when we get to hit someone in another color. It’ll be nasty. But these boys will be ready to go come September 3rd. GATA

Weatherdawg

April 9th, 2011
4:21 pm

The Boss is TheDummy!

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

I am more than pleased that Mark Richt is finding a way to make them grind the way they are grinding, as well as have some fun doing it.

The only thing this G-Day format hurts, is people who wanted to get a glimpse at the first team offense and first team defense. We will leave without an inkling of how they are playing together. But this is Richt’s show and I am glad he is taking charge to do it the way he sees fit.

When John Jenkins shows up this summer the entire defense will be transformed from anything we see on G-day, anyway. So no need to arrive next Saturday with your scout goggles and leave griping and grumbling about anything you saw you didn’t like.

NOTHING better than Athens in springtime. Praying for good weather, and looking forward to a nice relaxing day surrounded by friends and family doing what we love.

Go Dawgs!!
147 days til’ kickoff!!

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
4:27 pm

And I dare say we will not be hitting as hard come summer camp as we are now.

Excited for G-day to come and go, take a little time off, then wake up on Media Days ready to get serious.

It’s GREAT to be a Georgia Bulldawg!!!

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Zoli

April 9th, 2011
4:29 pm

I do not like that we are not running the ball successfully. This tells me one of two things: the d-line is dominant, o-line still not performing well. Our O is dominant when the run sets up the pass. If we can’t run with competance, then we are back to the old predictful ways. I am hoping both the backs and o-line get their stuff together before fall or we will be another long year.

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
4:38 pm

Zoli,

Do not lose sleep. Nothing good comes from analyzing scrimmage stats.

Either way, when one side does good, the other will raise eyebrows. Just forget everything you read in the last 2 blogs and look forward to the fall.

The Boss

April 9th, 2011
4:41 pm

17 players are injured, nobody gonna be playin on G-Day.

RabidDawgFan

April 9th, 2011
4:49 pm

So what “The Boss”? G-day is only a scrimmage. No more, no less. It doesn’t count for anything. Our team is going to look totally different when it’s time for fall camp because our recruits will be on campus. John Jenkins and Ray Drew on defense to be exact and a few explosives on offense. We’ll be just fine.

TallyDawg

April 9th, 2011
4:50 pm

I am NOT liking what I hear about the running game.

Brucerugby79

April 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

Double A double u GA- or whatever your name is–Heck yes-WE will be rewarded for our longsuffering-Man I think it is gonna be a fun Year-specially for us old Gator disliking DOGS HBTD!!!!

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
5:14 pm

D= D
A= A
DoubleU= W
G= G

DAWG

bucket

April 9th, 2011
5:15 pm

I guess the boss didn’t hear that Mettenberg was arrested in South Ga and got kicked off the team for grabbing girls and lying to the coach. Also, I was at the G-day game last year and Mettenberg was throwing against the 2nd team defense the entire time. I’m pretty sure Richt would have preferred to have Mettenberg backing up Murray than having a true freshman Mason as the backup.

dawgfan

April 9th, 2011
5:20 pm

So lame… there’s no good way to interpret scrimmage stats. If the offense stats look bad, no one sees it as our defense being good… if the offense did great, though, then everyone would see it as a terrible defense.

These aren’t even official stats!! There’s no explanation as to what kind of plays were run! There’s nothing worth reading into here, but that’s what the AJC lives for…

rally

April 9th, 2011
5:42 pm

Here is my thoughts…I think we are about to return to the ole running two quaterback schemes which I believe in my opinion is the right decision. The Greene Shockley combo was great because it allowed us to have a dual threat and that in my opinon is what made our offense successful not taking anything away from our defense those years because they were on fire. I think Richt will have a Murray Lemay. which I believe sets us up back nicely to contend for the next four to five years. The schedule I can’t wait for is 2013, yall go view that one then come back and talk to me
..Hutson is probably relegated to back up QB regardless probably till after Murray is done.

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
5:51 pm

2013 looks like a lot of fun, with potential great road tripping opportunities and an amazing strength of schedule.

My biggest question is, why in the h___ do we have 2 (two) bye weeks?!?!?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=267LBdz-ywc&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Poopdawg

April 9th, 2011
5:58 pm

Lets not assume anything about Mason’s place on the depth chart. He is working hard and he is a very smart player. What happens to undrafted players? Are they free agents? Hopefully this system doesn’t divide the team but i like the idea. I’m sure the captains do also.

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
6:02 pm

jarvis

April 9th, 2011
6:07 pm

Mettenberg looked like shart today against LSU’s first team defense.

superDawg

April 9th, 2011
6:12 pm

UGA should schedule tek for 12 straight games and shut them up for the next twelve years.

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
6:16 pm

superDawg,

Go easy on the Techies. Without us, they would have nothing to talk about.

Dumb ole dogs

April 9th, 2011
6:26 pm

superDawg, wow you can beat an engineering school. WOW! If beating Tech is an accomplishment, UGA needs to look hard at their goals. And D A DoubleU G, you talk more trash about Tech than every Mutt fan alive. Can we say obsessed? See ya in November Rednecks.

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!

D A DoubleU G

April 9th, 2011
6:37 pm

look forward to it “Dumb”.

Thanks for stopping by to prove our point.

9-1
61-39-5

DollarDawg43

April 9th, 2011
6:40 pm

All these spring injuries remind me of the Dooley years. We were beat up pretty bad after each spring practice and the players always said games during the season were easier than the daily practices. Long time fans like me remember “Bloody Tuesday’. It occured each week during the season and, if you survived it intact, Saturday’s game was a breeze physically. Whether we won or lost we did not get beat up physically.

Dumb ole dogs

April 9th, 2011
6:42 pm

Whatever man.

We ran for how many yards against you mutts? Our offense OWNS you!!!

CPJ is your daddy, and we aren’t letting off the gas pedal this year. I consider 2010 a win over UGA for Tech. How many yards was it again, Mutts?? Please remind me.

You couldn’t stop us with Alabama’s defense. Mutts.

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!

Tech’s rushing yardage > Mutts rushing yardage. EAT IT!!!

Shamu

April 9th, 2011
6:47 pm

Mett better than Murray??? Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, guess you must be a Clark County native, pulling for the “homeboy”. Mett couldn’t hold Murray’s jockstrap, in fact the only thing that Mett can hold onto is a girls ….. (well you know, ask the chicks down in Valdosta).

RabidDawgFan

April 9th, 2011
6:55 pm

We needed to rev it up in practice because obviously these guys were not being forced to practice physically. It showed during games, missed tackles, tackles being broken, being gassed by the beginning of the 4th quarter (Auburn game), etc. Hard practicing prevents all of that. Tackling to the ground in practice helps as well. However you practice, that’s how your going to play. Does anybody notice that when CMR changed his way of practicing after the loss to Colorado we went out and thumped Tennessee? It was because he was demanding more physical practices. Even last season, he didn’t tackle to the ground and laid off the guys because he wanted everyone healthy before the season started. That got us a 6-7 season. Bet it won’t happen again.

Georgia Fans Eats Idiots Sandwiches

April 9th, 2011
7:31 pm

They really do. They spout the same BS every year and as always, The Mutts CHOKE!

Georgia Fans Eats Idiots Sandwiches

April 9th, 2011
8:06 pm

Boss and I are close friends. We share our “toys”.

AltamahaDawg

April 9th, 2011
8:45 pm

Did anyone see the LSU spring game today? That’s an hour of my life I can’t get back.

TampaGator

April 9th, 2011
9:16 pm

Back from the Gators spring game…..and Brantley still sucks….but Florida might have the best defense in the country next year. Dominque Easley is going to have a big time year on the defensive line, as is Shariff Floyd and Ronald Powell. I was very impressed with Chris Martin (freshmen transfer from California) as well.

But Brantley better step up….or Gator fans will be calling for Murphy or Driskell quickly next year. Brantley looked horrible….and again showed absolutely no leadership skills on the field.

Better Dawgs!

April 9th, 2011
9:51 pm

Steve

April 9th, 2011
10:02 pm

I wonder how many players are missing spring ball on the team from the blue field? Just curious.

tha dawg fan!!!

April 9th, 2011
10:07 pm

I sure do get tired of hearing all of the negative crap about the dawgs . You fair weather fans suck !!! GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!

ApopkaDawg

April 9th, 2011
11:15 pm

Careful with Hutson Mason CMR. The kid broke all kind of passing records at his high school. Also, I do recall several players stating that he was a “natural leader.” This guy is a diamond in the rough and if LeMay gets bumped up to 2nd string, do not be surprised if Mason jumps ship. My biggest fear is that Mason gets fed up and lands on South Carolina’s front porch. This guy is a Spurrier dream. Everything I have heard about the guy has been positive. I’m certainly not suggesting that Murray should’nt be the starter because he absolutely should. I am saying that if Mason jumps, look for Mr. Spurrier’s eyes to go into a saucer shape and a little bit of drule to come out of the side of his mouth. Considering all the QB problems SC has had, Mason could be a dream candidate for them and a nightmare to go against.

dawg48

April 9th, 2011
11:20 pm

dumb ole dawg tech still lost the game man your stupid!

Running Game?

April 9th, 2011
11:25 pm

Lets hope the new Freshman gives us a running game. Neither of the backs from last year would be considered great running backs from a University that has had some great backs.

Herschel, Rodney Hampton, Garrison Hearst, Robert Edwards, Mclendon, Moreno, Tate all these guys were great running backs.

What happened to Caleb King it appears to have been all hype because he has not delivered at all on a consistent basis. And Ealey fumbled twice at least within 5 yars of a touchdown that cost us at least two games. Lets hope Crowell breaks the starting lineup from day one and lets hope then we will have one running back that can actually break a tackle!!!! Just SAYING!!! Any body with half a brain would know this which obviously leaves out all the NERDS on 10th Street. Most of the graduates from Georgia Tech I have seen at the Varsity across the street flipping burgers.

stop the UGA(y) obsession

April 9th, 2011
11:44 pm

6 or 7 wins…..AJC still eats y’all up ONLY b/c of the $$$ shoveled their way. Not a Tech fan, not an SEC fan, but a FOOTBALL fan that sees through the BS of all these posters. enjoy the yawn bowl.
and btw AJC…..do you realize this alleged fooball team hasn’t done anythng in 30 YEARS? I have, why not y’all. INSERT JOKE HERE….OH, I JUST DID

Will Muschamp: UGA Grad/Florida Head Football Coach

April 9th, 2011
11:53 pm

my name says it all…. UGA football is a disgrace and a joke.

eriecliper

April 10th, 2011
12:26 am

I guess that I am looking at this a little differently. I believe that this large number of injuries are an indicator that conditioning is not what it should be yet.

Too Easy

April 10th, 2011
1:14 am

D A Double UG

You’re right, NOTHING is better than Athens in springtime…cause when Fall rolls around, all those great expectations of 5 star recruits turns to dust and UGA goes back to wishing and hoping for the next year’s recruits to sign and come in to “revive” the program. All is good again in the spring…and the cycle continues…Here’s to springtime ALWAYS being the best time of year in Athens!

RED DOG 77

April 10th, 2011
1:39 am

Anytime you bang-up this many players in spring football, you know you are doing something right! The last couple years my favorite coach in all of America was being a little too careful not to injure his players in practice…………Mark Richt in one dadgum great football coach…..no debate here folks, all you need do is check out his win/loss record since he’s been in Athens. To the fair-weather Bulldog bummers out there, yea, ok, so we’ve been down a couple years, hundreds of college football teams across the country would kill for the type of football Georgia has played under Richt the last ten years……..and nope, yer right, he’s not perfect but he is getting better. His experience with injuries a couple years back took it’s toll on him, but I’m convinced he is aware of the fact. Just look at the way they are hitting this Spring…………Me? Yup, it tells me The Georgia BULDOGS are gearing up for a bust-ass break-out year this season, only to be topped by a probuble MNC in 2012………So all you fair weather bummer type Bulldog fans, put that in your pipe and smoke-it………..I’ll keep posting my faith in Richt and “my” BULLDOGS………..and I’ll be here in September to remind you all of it when we destroy Boise State and South Carolina…….Regards, RED

Joe

April 10th, 2011
5:11 am

I would strongly disagree with the statement that Richt is “getting better”.

Paddy

April 10th, 2011
7:39 am

the Boss……..guess you neglected to read the crime report on Mettenburg? Take the blinders off pal!

Troll Power Ratings

April 10th, 2011
7:40 am

stop the UGA(y) obsession: Eat your heart out. And thanks for caring. Keep those “hits” coming.