Practice update: Crowell, Samuel, Herrera star in Georgia’s first scrimmage

ATHENS – OK, here’s a raw rundown of the Georgia Bulldogs’ first scrimmage of preseason, conducted Wedneday at Sanford Stadium.  . . .

  • Isaiah Crowell had 13 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown with a long run of 15 yards.
  • Richard Samuel had 11 carries for 82 yards with a long run of 33 yards. However, Samuel fumbled once and Amarlo Herrerra scooped it up and returned it 65 yards for a TD.
  • Ken Malcome had 12 carries for 19 yards with a long run of eight yards.
  • Carlton Thomas had eight carries for 21 yards with a long run of six.
  • “It was evident who was working with the No. 1 unit and who was going against the No. 2 defense,” coach Mark Richt said. “It was rougher going for the 2 offense.”
  • Quarterback Aaron Murray was 9-of-15 for 100 yards with no TDs or interceptions. Hutson Mason was 5-of-19 for 59 with a TD and Christian LeMay was 2-of-4 for 17 yards with the No. 3 offense.
  • Receiving: Aron White 3-47 (32); Samuel 3-32 (14); Marlon Brown 2-46 (35); Jay Rome 2-22 (12), Bradberry 1-20 (TD)
  • PK Blair Walsh was 7-of-8 on field goals with a long of 58. Yes, 58!
  • PK Brandon Bogotay made a 68-yarder in warmups. Yes, 68!
  • Richt really impressed with inside linebacker Alec Ogletree. “Tree,” as everybody calls him, had scrimmage best eight tackles.
  • Other defense: LB Mike Gilliard 4/7 (unassisted/total), LB Herrera 3/7, OLB Jarvis Jones 4/6, DE Abry Jones 4/5 with sack, PBU; LB Ramik Wilson 2 sacks, 1 TFL; LB Christian Robinson 2 TFL, 1 sack; OLB Reuben Faloughi 2 sacks; S Corey Moore 2 PBU; CB Devin Bowman 1 int.
  • Richt on RBs: “I thought (Crowell and Samuel) ran very well. They did have more space than the other two guys by a long shot. But there were times there was nothing there and they knocked the pile back. . . . Their running styles are very different. Richard is power and speed; Isaiah has got quickness and change of direction. He’s got a burst of speed and does a good job of breaking tackles and getting yards after contact. Both have good balance.
  • Richt overall: “I still don’t know what we have yet. I do feel better about how we’ll be able to run the football.”
  • John Jenkins working with both 1s and 2s, but mostly No. 2.
  • No significant injuries. CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring) and OLB Cornelius Washington “very close” to coming back.
  • Richt on Jarvis Jones news yesterday: “I was the one that got to walk into the defensive staff meeting and tell them about it. There was a pretty good celebration in there.
  • Richt on Crowell’s blocking ability: “In general he’s picking it up at a good pace. I’m not worried that he doesn’t understand. He’s certainly eager to show he can do it. Sometimes a back doesn’t want to do it; sometimes he can’t do it; sometimes he’s scared to do it. None of those apply to him.”
  • Richt on Ogletree: “The guy that’s making the most plays is ‘Tree.’ He’s in a position where he’s supposed to be. If they run away from Jarvis there’s nothing he can do about it. But Tree is in there where he can run to either side and, if I had to point out one guy on defense it’d be Tree. He’s having a great camp.”
  • Richt on safeties: “Shawn Williams has been very impressive. . . . He’s bigger, stronger, faster, tougher and more mature and he’s doing it the right way.”
  • Richt on Corey Moore: “Corey’s going to be a good player. It’s indecision that can get you at that position but he’s really coming on.”
  • Richt: “Michael Bennett has had a really good camp. If I had to pick a top three (receivers), I’d say TK, Marlon and Michael. Malcolm Mitchell just has a lot to learn. Rantavious Wooten is ready to play and do things the Georgia way.”
  • Richt on Aaron Murray: “aaron had a good day but not a great day. couple of times he had a guy he should’ve hit or could’ve hit. . . . If it was a year ago I’d have said it was a pretty good day for a freshman. But he’s a sophomore now, so it could have been better.”
  • The No. 1 offense scored every time during red zone drill.

303 comments Add your comment

Baby G

August 10th, 2011
1:24 pm

Baby G

August 10th, 2011
1:25 pm

So, Crowell and Samuel played with the 1st team offense against the 2nd team defense?

JYD

August 10th, 2011
1:26 pm

Dawgs21

August 10th, 2011
1:29 pm

#22 needs to learn how to protect the ball. he puts it on the ground A LOT

JustMyOpinion

August 10th, 2011
1:34 pm

Was Ken Malcome still limping?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 10th, 2011
1:35 pm

RS gotta hold on to the ball! Nice stats but if your going to lay it on the turf it does us no good! Keep up the hard work Dawgs!!!

RxDawg

August 10th, 2011
1:35 pm

Gota hold onto the ball Richard.

Dawg_Mike

August 10th, 2011
1:36 pm

The rock aint heavy so give it to Isaiah plenty and often.

DawginLex

August 10th, 2011
1:39 pm

Once IC really “gets it”, move Samuel to fullback??

Boo should be healthy enough by then to back up IC.

jb

August 10th, 2011
1:39 pm

how can mitchell, charles and king not register any receving stats? also, why not practice 1v1 instead of 1’s vs 2’s. how much better can our #1 DLine get by scrimaging against the #2 OLine. We barely have a first team OLine.

D A DoubleU G

August 10th, 2011
1:43 pm

Samuel putting the ball on the ground is the reason many a Techies still consider themselves the greatest team on earth after their sloppy win in Athens 3 long years ago.

Keep up the good work Chip!

Travis

August 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

LOL! Nice defense there Grantham! Might want to call Willie up for a few pointers! Geez!

GSO Dawg

August 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

Samuel and Crowell’s stats look good, but I agree with jb. We need to have 1vs1. I know that injury is a huge risk this early on in practice and this is the first scrimage, but lets see if our OL can move the mtns up front with our big DL.

DawginLex

August 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

Saw Richt’s comments. He is reserving judgement until he sees more but I believe he is liking what he saw. Commented about the big holes to run through and how it is 2 different running styles with IC and RS.

No carries for the fullbacks?

Gotta let them tote it to get that 3rd and short don’t you?

Spanky

August 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

Can someone explain the receiving stats?…I hope I’m reading that wrong!

SouthGaBrave

August 10th, 2011
1:53 pm

jb,

Georgia only releases partial stats of scrimmages, not the complete stats. If you add up the completions from the QBs, there were 16. If you add the receptions of the receivers listed, those total 11. There were at least 5 other catches (unless a few walk-on QBs also played, but weren’t listed) spread amongst some of the receivers. Don’t freak out about scrimmage stats.

And the reasons the 1’s are going against the 2’s on both sides is because of the depth. The 1’s go against the 1’s during plenty of drills during practice. We want our best 11 on both sides of the ball on September 3rd. The more you go 1’s vs. 1’s during scrimmages, the higher the chances of injuries. Richt knows this.

jaglaw

August 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

JB

Most teams, college and NFL practice #1s vs #2s, especially early in camp. Is the the #2 defense perhaps slower? Yes, but right now they just want the 1Off to develope timing and rhythm. I do understand the need to be challenged daily….so I see your concern. Remember, UGA has dept on defense, I dont imagine there is a significant drop off from D1 to D2. If you recall, John Jenkins was on D2 the first week back, and may still be there now.

DawginLex

August 10th, 2011
1:55 pm

receiving stats list # caught-yards and (long reception)

jaglaw

August 10th, 2011
1:56 pm

SouthGABrave,

You make another good point( injuries) regarding 1s vs 2s ……”kudos” as MB would say.

JParish

August 10th, 2011
1:58 pm

Passing stats read “receptions”-”total yards” (longest gain).

JParish

August 10th, 2011
1:59 pm

Correction receiving stats rather….

CovingtonDawg

August 10th, 2011
2:01 pm

Don’t worry that you didn’t see any WR stats for mitchell charles and king- look at the numbers for the QBs vs WR…the coaches arent entitled to give us all the numbers. Why don’t we just let BSU come watch our practices if we’re going to do that.

proud dawg

August 10th, 2011
2:04 pm

this discussion about 1’s vs. 1’s going at it in practice is a really interesting–and useful–topic. I think to former USC trojan Pete Carroll and his coaching philosophy of letting 1’s practice against each other virtually every practice. I remember watching an interview where he emphasized about how the competition is always with the player to stretch and fully maximize his potential by physically competing against the best. I’m sure the coaches have their own reasons and philosophies to work from, but i really like how pete carroll ran the ‘football culture’ at USC.

Spanky

August 10th, 2011
2:09 pm

Thank Ya’ll…

slydog

August 10th, 2011
2:10 pm

Quote: “I do feel better about how we’ll be able to run the football.” The missing element in the CMR era.

GT game in 08

August 10th, 2011
2:10 pm

UGA gave GT the 08 game in Athens. Samuel did fumble and GT scored soon after or right then, and Stafford threw a TD pic. That is game of football.

Over the last two years, UGA simply just out fought GT and that was good to view, knowing that UGA had two of the worst years in 20-25 years vs GT having for them a fair year in 08, 09. 2010 that hit their usual historic stride. 5-7?? Weedeater Bowl???
The year that GT DID finally defeat UGA, they won nothing beyond that fluke game and have nada to show for it. Nada. Goose eggs, zilch. Nothing.
Goooooooooooooo Dogs.

CoachMilesSabanMuschamp

August 10th, 2011
2:10 pm

It’s amazing how grown men judge kids based on second/third hand knowledge. I mean really did any of you football experts attend the scrimmage…Yeah that’s what I thought. You retards would believe anything that’s printed by the ajc and then turn it into something negative. Let these kids get a few more scrimmages in before you know-it-alls crucify them.

Mtn Dawg

August 10th, 2011
2:12 pm

Chip – Anything on Malcomb Mitchell?

Thom Thumb

August 10th, 2011
2:14 pm

Murray’s shoe lifts appear to be helping him see over the line.

Henne Patchinko

August 10th, 2011
2:14 pm

Think the Falcons should pick up Bogotay next spring. Dude’s got a leg, but stuck behind Blair.

Mtn Dawg

August 10th, 2011
2:15 pm

@CovingtonDawg – Good point. CMR reserved full disclosure. Stats for the WRs were not made known – for whatever reason.

how2fish

August 10th, 2011
2:16 pm

@proud dawg good point but I would point out that during Pete’s HC days at USC they always had a TON of talent and depth at almost every position almost every year…we are I’m afraid just too thin this early in camp to risk the injuries.

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2011
2:16 pm

you gotta love the kicking !! Todd Grantham for President !!!! keep some secrets for offense plays.. trickeration… punter owski.. reverses etc.. Richt call the plays… Go Dawgs !!!!

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
2:17 pm

samuel still dropping the rock. not good.

richt needs to make him carry a football all day… on campus and off. can’t fumble richard!

BigDAwg

August 10th, 2011
2:18 pm

What about The big Tight end Figgins that moved to Fullback? Did he run?…..Bueller …Buelller….

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
2:18 pm

and did orson scrimmage? 0 catches? not again this year.

LogicalUS

August 10th, 2011
2:18 pm

Most likely this was a rushing scrimmage.

It does highlight what everyone knows about 2011 UGA which that it is a team heavily dependent upon its first line players with virtually no second level of backup.

The best news for UGA fans is that none of their 1st team players were hurt.

BigDAwg

August 10th, 2011
2:19 pm

Samuel needs to go back to defense…Not a good sign. Big power runner..yes…Risky though.

Saban

August 10th, 2011
2:21 pm

Wow, maybe the dawgs will win 4 games.

auburn

August 10th, 2011
2:23 pm

Enter your comments here

this is how we do it

August 10th, 2011
2:23 pm

Boise in ATL

August 10th, 2011
2:25 pm

A lot of areas UGA has to address – again – this team needs some games under it’s belt to jell.

Still think this team has potential to become a monster by end of the season.

However, and unfortunately, playing Boise and USCe right off the bat is a double edge sword:
1. The good news is that it get’s your teams attention and focus – this will make you a better team.
2. The bad – UGA has way too many areas to address and new personnel to come out mid-season form.

With 7 returning starters on Offense – including Kellen Moore – and sever returning defensive startes -including a very good – athletic D-Line – I think Boise will win this game. I got a feeling UGA’s offense will struggle during this game – and that will be the difference between our two teams.

midgets galore

August 10th, 2011
2:26 pm

•”richt on Aaron Murray: “aaron had a good day but not a great day. couple of times he had a guy he should’ve hit or could’ve hit” Just wait for those batted down balls against good Defenses.

Greg Reid in 10, Branden smith in 11

August 10th, 2011
2:26 pm

DawginLex

August 10th, 2011
2:27 pm

UGA 21
BSU 17

auburn

August 10th, 2011
2:27 pm

Of course, he is the star of the scrimmage, he is running against Georgia’s defense—-who cares—- Georgia’s time has come and gone under Reverend Richt—–save the program some time and start the job search

UGA Insider

August 10th, 2011
2:29 pm

LOADED on defense is all I’m going to say………LOADED!!!!

Tobias Funke

August 10th, 2011
2:29 pm

THIS IS WHY I HATE THE “STATS” FROM A DAGGUM SCRIMMAGE! Look at all of the “experts” on here. It’s sad really.

Said it before and I’ll say it again, watch out for (former walkon)Reuben Faloughi. He is going to be a force before he leaves UGA.

Go Dawgs!

Field Goal Jesus is the answer

August 10th, 2011
2:30 pm

dont worry special teams should get plenty of reps in the first two games if we fail to score TD’s

Abnerish

August 10th, 2011
2:31 pm

One fumble in a scrimmage and he “needs to go back to defense” and he “fumbles A LOT”. Really? Perhaps my memory is short, but I don’t recall fumbling being the reason he wasn’t getting PT at the RB spot. I thought it had more to do with not breaking tackles and not being as productive on the field as CK and WE. Get a grip.