TE Jay Rome stands out in Bulldogs’ first scrimmage of spring

ATHENS – Georgia held its first formal scrimmage of the spring Saturday at Sanford Stadium. And while the defense dominated as it has been throughout, there were some positive signs for the offense.

Namely, Jay Rome.

The redshirt freshman tight end from Valdosta got loose for two touchdowns, including a leaping grab in the corner of the end zone that had coaches and players buzzing long after the two-hour scrimmage concluded.

“It was pretty acrobatic,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He had to kind of turn his body and reach back and snag it. He landed off his feet and the ball didn’t come out.”

Rome’s other touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Hutson Mason down the middle of the field, a la Orson Charles.

“I ran a little seam route up the middle,” Rome recounted. “I don’t know if it was a broken coverage or what but I looked up and there was nobody in the middle and I just reached up and caught the ball and jogged in. There was nobody around.”

But it was the short touchdown catch during goal-line work at the end of the practice everybody was raving about.

“I ran a corner route to the back pylon and Parker [Welch] put it high for me and I went up to catch it,” Rome said. “It was a really high ball but I was able to get up there for it. I attribute that to basketball. I don’t know if I could’ve gotten up there last year when I had all that extra weight on me. Coach [Mark] Fox made a point to run that off of me and I think that helped.”

Afterward, Rome was beaming. Topping off the whole day was the fact that his father, Valdosta legend and Clemson two-way star Stan Rome, was there along with little brother Justin, 9.

“I just told myself I was going to come out and play hard and just have fun at today’s scrimmage,” said Rome, who ESPN rated as the top tight end prospect in the country last year. “That’s the biggest thing me and my dad were talking about, just having fun. I talk to him probably two or three times a day.”

With Charles, Aron White and Athur Lynch ahead of him last season, Rome redshirted and decided to go out for the Georgia basketball team. He played sparingly in a backup role as a forward and missed much of the Bulldogs’ off-season football work the first three months of this year.

“The transition from basketball wasn’t nearly as hard as the transition to basketball,” Rome said. “I came back and I was in really good shape. I just had to get back to being really physical and stuff like that. I’ve been staying after practice trying to catch a lot of extra balls just trying to catch myself back up and getting used to it.”

Rome wasn’t the only young offensive player to turn heads. Several Bulldogs mentioned that true freshman tailback Keith Marshall looked good, especially on one particular run.

“Keith Marshall showed why he was the number one running back,” senior wideout Tavarres King said. “He broke a long one up the middle that was pretty nice.”

Georgia’s No. 1 offense drove the length of the field against the No. 1 defense on the opening drive but failed to get in the end zone after reaching the 1 and had to settle for a field goal.

“The offense came out with a bang today,” nose guard John Jenkins said. “You could tell they were fighting. Overall it was a good scrimmage.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray agreed.

“Bobo was very happy with us at the end,” Murray said. “It wasn’t perfect but, for being a first scrimmage, I thought it we looked very impressive offensively. We had some great drives, made some great plays in both the passing and running game. So I’m happy with how far we’ve come in two weeks.”

Following are what coach Mark Richt referred to as the Unofficial/Official stats. You have to keep in mind the scrimmages are not conducted like a real games. Most of the work is situational. So for what it’s worth . . .

THE “UNOFFICIAL/OFFICIAL” SCRIMMAGE STATS

Passing
Murray 9-18-1, 74 yards, 0 TDs
Mason 5-12-0, 59 yards, 1 TD
LeMay 2-7-1, 44 yards, 0 TDs
Welch 2-6-0, 2 yards, 0 TDs
Bingham 0-1-0, 0 yards, 0 TDs

Rushing
Harton 8-24 yards
Karempelis 8-22 yards
Marshall 5-18 yards
Crowell 4-19 yards
Malcome 4-13 yards

Receiving
Bradberry 4-14 yards
Scott-Wesley 3-51 yards
Lynch 3-17 yards
Brown 2-17 yards
King 3-21 yards
Rome 1-30 yards, TD
Mitchell 1-20 yards

GOAL LINE
Malcome 2-yard TD
Crowell 1-yard TD
Rome TD catch

DEFENSE

S. Williams 4.5 tackles, INT (34-yard return)
Drew 4 tackles, TFL
B. Smith 4 tackles, TFL
Thornton 3.5 tackles, 3 sacks
Vasser 3.5 tackles, 2 sacks
J. Jones 3 tackles, 2 sacks
Rambo 3 tackles
A. Ogletree 3 tackles, 0.5 sack
Mitchell 3 tackles, TFL
Swann 3 tackles, sack
Commings 3 tackles, TFL
Gilliard INT (2-yard return)
Faloughi sack
R. Lowe sack
G. Smith sack
Morant sack
K. Geathers 0.5 sack

245 comments Add your comment

DB

April 1st, 2012
6:31 am

Ready for the season to start!!!!!

William

April 1st, 2012
6:47 am

Second. Way to go Dogs.

TY

April 1st, 2012
6:53 am

Wow, where is Samuel and Gaither?

Year of the DAWG

April 1st, 2012
7:22 am

Wow Mason had better number’s than Murry. No INT’s give the guy a shot . Go Dawgs.

Yeahyeahyeah

April 1st, 2012
7:33 am

You forgot one stat..,
Rambo four brownies eaten
Ogeltree three joints
Other back ups four dumb @$$ mistakes on spring break

Joey

April 1st, 2012
7:38 am

Still trying to figure out wh threw the other TD pass to Rome . . .

Bigdsel

April 1st, 2012
7:39 am

Can’t wait till G day

QB

April 1st, 2012
7:43 am

I thought it said PArker threw Rome a TD — where is the stat for Parker?

william

April 1st, 2012
8:19 am

I seen css has the G-day game televised at 5 pm dont know if this is old news to y’all or new news just figured I’d mention it

87dawg

April 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Hey bonehead, yeah Mason’s percentages are better only in that he threw less passes against the second team versus Murray against the first team. Good grief, give it a rest, already.

bubba4dawgs

April 1st, 2012
8:35 am

You can never go wrong with the Valdosta boys! They are winners from the “get go”! CMR can recruit out of that school from now on and have a winner!! GO DAWGS!!

chilidawg

April 1st, 2012
8:44 am

It’s easy to stand out when NOBODY ELSE IS THERE! Just a joke, it’s good to hear something positive coming out of Athens. Time for the younguns to step up on defense.

dmr

April 1st, 2012
8:46 am

It’s the little things that grab my attention. For instance, why is LeMay getting seemingly less work than Mason, when Mason has decided to redshirt?

hope no more arrests

April 1st, 2012
8:46 am

good news , 10 tackles for rambo,b. smith , alec

worried in Gainesville

April 1st, 2012
8:49 am

A lot of sacks in those stats

claytondawg

April 1st, 2012
8:51 am

I’m cautiosly optimistic. Obviously, we can’t read into anything right now. Even though the article did center around Rome, you’ve got to feel pretty good about his athleticism and attitude. I, too, would love to see Mason get more reps.

RedandBlackDAWG

April 1st, 2012
8:53 am

Maybe we have our answer at TE. Sounds like the young man is very athletic.

Black Mountain NC Bulldog

April 1st, 2012
8:54 am

Hey players PLEASE BE WISE.

ugab

April 1st, 2012
8:56 am

Why are the suspended players evern playing. Suspended players need to sit out and let some of the back ups get playing time.. lol If there are any back ups left

ugab

April 1st, 2012
8:57 am

Rome can catch, but can Rome block???? The dawgs are going to need all the blocking they can get next season.

ugab

April 1st, 2012
8:58 am

We need some players to knock someone on their a**.. We had players like that the last time ga won the SEC.

Jockich Ahn Smelley, II

April 1st, 2012
9:00 am

3 to 1 Odds that he gets arrested!!! The Bulldawg Football team has added more time to my day….I’ve quit reading the Police Report…there’s more police action reading about the GA BULLDAWGS FOOTBALL team!!! Domestic beating, drugs, alcohol, robbery, DUI, sexual assault….. sic em…..wooooofff–wooooofff–wooooofff

slydog

April 1st, 2012
9:01 am

25% of the players with stats up above will be suspended by the opener. Does this scrimmage really matter?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

April 1st, 2012
9:06 am

No mention of me, yet I stood out, too. When so many of us are suspended and/or incarcerated it makes the ones of us that are left garner more attention. Little dogs like me need attention and we need love and somebody to feed us. I am not going to eat anything Rambo gives me from now on.

tide roll

April 1st, 2012
9:20 am

Yada yada yada. Most over-rated Head Coach and Quarterback in the Country. Everyone sees it but you Kool-Aiders, who mindlessly refuse too. Y’all had Leonard Pope at tight end and still couldn’t win it.The last time your under acheiving program won a National Title? REAGAN DEFEATED JIMMY CARTER! What a program. How does Richt/Bobo put two legitimate offensive lines on the fiels? They don’t. Your program deserves much much more. FIRE RICHT damnit.The guy’s a joke. With a smart ass attitude to match.

Dawg48

April 1st, 2012
9:23 am

They were touch sacks due to you can’t hit the Quarterback.

pj

April 1st, 2012
9:31 am

I think a lot of people forget that Rome was as highly rated as Mitchell, Drew and the other “Dream Teamers”. He just had to wait out the depth chart. He and Lynch are going to do some serious damage if Murray will get em the ball. Tight End U remains in great shape!

jddawg37

April 1st, 2012
9:33 am

“The redshirt freshman tight end from Valdosta got loose for two touchdowns”

Receiving
Bradberry 4-14 yards
Scott-Wesley 3-51 yards
Lynch 3-17 yards
M. Brown 2-17 yards
King 3-21 yards
Rome 1-30 yards, TD
M. Mitchell 1-20 yards

Somebody should proofread this stuff. I thought 1 + 1 = 2.

WnE

April 1st, 2012
9:38 am

Good to see Scott-Wesley step up at WR coming off of a RS yr., with Mitchell spending time at CB it will be good for him to use the Spring to develop more, he was a raw track guy last yr. now he needs to transition to being more of a FB player.

I didn’t see any stats for C. Conley or M. Bennett, were they shut out or injured?

Also Murray has to eliminate the INTS.!

Say it ain't so

April 1st, 2012
9:42 am

But who left today?

tide roll

April 1st, 2012
9:43 am

You have no offensive line depth.You have no offensive line talent, other than Gates and Burnette. No excuse for this. Why aren’t heads rolling? Your program should not be in this condition. What does it take for you people to get outraged!? Don’t you think you entitled to a better progam? Until you insisit on it, Richt, Bobo, etc. are laughing all the way to the bank. Your AD, McGarity, is a wimp.

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:09 am

alabama and lsu qb’s both threw multiple td’s, for over 270 yards in their scrimmages.

Murray threw no td’s, and 1 int and 60 yards.

Paddy

April 1st, 2012
10:09 am

tide roll…….you have been told many times, go away little fella. You are the joke around here. Bitter little woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:10 am

doesn’t matter how good rome plays, richt always starts his favorties, lynch is the starter, what rome does over spring doesn’t matter, just ask logan gray and zach mettenberger.

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:12 am

murray will start, regardless of how many td’s hutson mason continues to throw, hutson threw more td’s than Murray last spring too, remember, and mettenberger did the year before. spring doesn’t matter., richt plays favorites, not performers.

Paul in NH

April 1st, 2012
10:13 am

“Georgia’s No. 1 offense drove the length of the field against the No. 1 defense on the opening drive but failed to get in the end zone after reaching the 1 and had to settle for a field goal”

Looks like Bobo doesn’t even go for it in practice. He’s already prepping for the bowl game.
Sorry guys – I couldn’t resist the joke.

Rock And Roller

April 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Georgia will overcome the off field problems and run the table this year en route to the national title! We are that good! BTW Rambo should not be suspended as he didn’t know pot was in the brownies! Pot should be legal anyway! http://www.norml.org

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:14 am

why does murray keep throwing so many interceptions? why can’t he fix it? why does Hutson Mason NOT throw interceptions?

Dawg Haus

April 1st, 2012
10:18 am

Good to read about football again!

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:19 am

if Mason or Rome played for South Carolina, Alabama, or LSU, they would be starting. Not at Georgia. Richt goes with who he likes best, over best performers. It’s “The Georgia Way”

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:21 am

I remeber the game, where Murray couldn’t find Charles, Mason comes in off the bench, and hits Charles down the middle for a 40 yards td pass. Why can Mason find te’s for long td’s, when Murray can’t?

cliffclimber

April 1st, 2012
10:24 am

Hutson Mason is looking fantastic this year from everything you read. too bad, he won’t be starting for Georgia. They’re just giving him enoughn reps in Spring to prevent transfer.

jaglaw

April 1st, 2012
10:32 am

kingdaddy

April 1st, 2012
10:32 am

All you trolls, STFU! Quit worrying about Ga. We know your post will be negative before we read the first word. We see you name and already know that you really want what’s best for our team. If you believe that,I’ve got some Beach-front Property in STATESBORO to sell ya. Yeah we know you’re really concerned about Ga., that’s why you always have such nice construtive critisism for our football team. Put a sock in it you Techie Trolls,you’re not fooling anyone on this blog. Losers…

logical jacket

April 1st, 2012
10:36 am

I was gonna fuss about Fudge and Tree,
but then I got high…
Gonna complain about the lax SEC,
but then I got high…
Now we have no depth on D, and I know why….
(Why, Dawg? Yeah-hay!)
Because they got high, because they got high, because they got high….

kingdaddy

April 1st, 2012
10:45 am

Anyone but That DEVIL Arron Murry should be our starter… Really, A.M. will be big money this year IF he has the time to throw. I am a little concerned about the 27 sacks in this last scrimmage, but they just touched him, not planted him like a dasiy. Still,this does need to be watched closely. All you HATERS, get a life, Murry will be fine or LeMay WILL get his chance. Too much rideing on a big year. UGA will be fine, no matter what the haters want you to believe…

Nashville4UGA

April 1st, 2012
10:48 am

@cliffclimber….LSU’s stats were for their actual Spring Game…not scrimmage, they started spring practice earlier then UGA did.

Dawg48

April 1st, 2012
10:51 am

What’s up kingdaddy?

dan

April 1st, 2012
10:58 am

Guys Murray threw 35 TD’s and 14 INT’s last year. And this with a bunch of new WR’s. Do you realize the kid has 59 TD’s so far? That’s more than Stafford threw in his CAREER, yes his CAREER!

The INT’s are only a problem when he throws more INT’s than TD’s. Or if he threw 5 INT’s in a game like Quincy used to do.

I think Murray is fine, we can win with Murray. There are bigger problems on this team than the QB position.

Gene

April 1st, 2012
11:03 am

RUSS, BUDDY, stay away from Rambo and Crowell, or you will find your spotted butt back in the homeless shelter.