Practice update: Keith Marshall, Richard Samuel, Shawn Williams likely out for G-Day

ATHENS – Georgia fans have lost one of their best reasons to come to the G-Day Game next Saturday.

Keith Marshall, the highly-touted tailback out of Raleigh, has been effectively scratched from the lineup due to a hamstring injury suffered a week ago. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound midyear enrollee was unable to practice again Saturday as the Bulldogs conducted their second scrimmage of spring practice. Coach Mark Richt said the window is almost shut on him being able to play in the annual spring game.

“I would say the chance of Keith going is probably not very good,” Richt said. “Right at this minute I’d say he’s doubtful.”

That’s a shame because all spring reports on Marshall had been very positive.

“You can tell why he was the No. 1 running back in the country,” senior receiver Tavarres King said. “That kid is impressive.”

Said running backs coach Bryan McClendon: “Just a super guy, just very conscientious. He’s smart. He’s a sharp kid who wants to to do well at everything. Obviously he has all the ability to match it. When you say the sky’s the limit for a person, I really think that phrase it made for him.”

It looks doubtful for senior tailback Richard Samuel (concussion) as well. That leaves Isaiah Crowell, Ken Malcome, Brandon Harton and Kyle Karempelis to tote the rock for G-Day.

Williams suffers knee injury

As if Georgia’s secondary situation was not precarious enough, senior strong safety Shawn Williams went down with a knee injury on Saturday.

Williams is the only one of Georgia’s four starting defensive backs that is not suspended for games at the beginning of the season. Free safety Bacarri Rambo (four games), cornerback Sanders Commings (two games) and cornerback Branden Smith (one game) all are expected to miss playing time as a result of internal discipline for team rules violations.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Richt does not believe Williams’ injury is serious.

“We think it’s a non-op situation,” Richt said Saturday morning. “He’s in there doing fine right now. I don’t know [about the spring game].”

Passing game tuning up

There was some rare good news for Georgia on the offensive side of the ball from Saturday’s scrimmage. For the first time all spring, the offense was able to effectively move the football against the Bulldogs’ stingy defense.

Quarterbacks Aaron Murray (8-for-13 for 125 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs) and Hutson Mason (12-19-151-2-2) each was able to pass for more than 100 yards and four different receivers were able to haul in touchdown catches. Senior split end Marlon Brown led the way with 5 catches for 90 yards and a TD redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Wesley also had 5 receptions and a score.

“We threw it and caught it a lot better,” Richt said. “It started out not very good at all but as the scrimmage went on more plays were made at quarterback. You’re trying to make a judgment on whether a play might have been a sack or not and we err on the side of letting the ball get thrown. So there was probably a few of those big plays that might’ve been sacks in a real game.”

Corey Moore shines

On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore safety Corey Moore had a big day for the Bulldogs. The Griffin High graduate had a team-best  9 tackles and also had an interception.

He did good,” Richt said. “He’s coming. He’s a very aggressive football player when it comes to coming up to make a tackle. He’s a good athlete. He’s learning a lot and he’s going to get better. And he’s going to have to play for us; he’s going to have to function for us.”

Other defensive standouts included linebacker Ramik Wilson (7 tackles, sack, pass break-up), defensive end Ray Drew (5 tackles, sack), linebacker Chase Vasser (6 tackles) and noseguard Kwame Geathers (2 sacks).

The Bulldogs continue to struggle running the football against stout defensive front. Ken Malcome led all rushers with 29 yards on 5 carries, Isaiah Crowell had six for 23 and Brandon Harton had 6 for 11.

That’s the bad news. The good news is Richt said Georgia’s defensive line, led by John Jenkins, Abry Jones and Geathers, could be one of the best around.

Etc. . . .

Offensive guard Dallas Lee was back practicing after being sidelined for the last week with a concussion. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Zach DeBell (ankle) was practicing in a regular jersey for  the first time in a long while and redshirt freshman Xzavier Ward (knee) was working on the side in full pads and a green (non-contact) jersey. . . . Linebacker Amarlo Herrera (shoulder) remains in a green jersey.

Following are the “very unofficial official stats,” as Richt called them, from Saturday’s long scrimmage:

SCRIMMAGE STATS

Passing

  • Murray 8-13-125-1 TD-0 int
  • Mason 12-19-151-2-2
  • Welch 5-10-57-1-0
  • LeMay 3-6-28-0-1

Receiving

  • M. Brown 5-90, TD
  • Scott-Wesley 5-38, TD
  • Bradberry 4-72, TD
  • Erdman 3-23, TD
  • Rome 2-50

Rushing

  • Malcome 5-29
  • Crowell 6-23
  • Harton 6-11

Defense

  • C. Moore 9 tackles, 1 INT
  • R. Wilson 7 Ts, 1 sack, PBU
  • Drew 5 Ts, 1 sack
  • Geathers 2 sacks
  • Vasser 6 Ts
  • Norman 1 INT
  • S. Williams 1 INT

Other

  • Lindley 32-yard FG

154 comments Add your comment

bardawg

April 7th, 2012
11:26 am

Brian

April 7th, 2012
11:32 am

Still going to Gday! Got my passes yesterday! See ya in the box chip! My first time in the box. Any suggestions Chip? What time can we get in?

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:33 am

Wow, Hutson Mason is on FIRE this Spring, like last Spring.

I got Mason 3 td’s in 1st 2 scrimmages, Aaron Murray 1 td in 2 scrimmages.

Looks like we’ve found a new starting QB 3x better than Murray.

Not too bad.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:36 am

Geathers big Spring last year, didn’t translate to the season last year. Don’t expect things to change in 2012, Geathers is a bit of Spring player. 2 sacks today great, but none in 2011 season.

bardawg

April 7th, 2012
11:37 am

I’d really like to see Hudson shine & earn some playing time, soundslike he’s having a real good spring.

bardawg

April 7th, 2012
11:37 am

Excuse me, Hutson

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:38 am

Really thought Murray would bomb the depleted secondary for 6 td’s. Very troubling Murray has only thrown 1 td all Spring against this depleted secondary. SCARY.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:40 am

No pick 6 interceptions from Eric Murray this game, I guess that’s a good thing.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:41 am

oops, Aaron Murray.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:45 am

Mason getting better each Spring scrimmage, 1 td in 1st scrimmage, 2 td’s in 2nd scrimmage, could Mason get 3 on G-Day.

Can you imagine if Mason ends up with 5-6 td’s, to Murray’s 2 td’s over Spring scrimmages?

Likely.

Tarlie Chrippi

April 7th, 2012
11:46 am

Do you people seriously believe that Mason would be riding the bench if he gave the team the best chance to win? He scrimmages against the #2 defense, not a starting SEC defense. Murray practices day in, day out against a defense that was #5 in the nation last year. Perspective people.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
11:54 am

Actually, Mason has been going against the No. 1 defense, Murray against the No. 2. Richt always does it that way.

Frank Lane

April 7th, 2012
11:58 am

I am just encouraged watching Connor Norman, since he will end up playing this year because of suspensions and injuries. He is far the most savvy of the defensive backs. Reminds me of Len Hughes.

Tarlie Chrippi

April 7th, 2012
12:01 pm

No, not this spring. It’s 1’s on 1’s and 2’s on 2’s. There was a previous write-up about it.

Tarlie Chrippi

April 7th, 2012
12:01 pm

Frank, I agree. Norman is a great kid with some definite ability. I hope he stays healthy and gives the rest of the guys a run for their money.

Gumps

April 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

Who the eff is Eric Murray? GTFO of here techie

WDE

April 7th, 2012
12:06 pm

@DrFutBol don’t let the fact that Mason threw 2 INT’s get in your way troll boy..

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
12:15 pm

Nope, all write ups have been about 2’s vs 1’s, 1’s vs. 2’s. No write ups have said otherwise.

Mason has been going against No. 1’s all Spring, Murray against depleted No. 2 secondary.

Mason has 3x more td’s, not surprising really.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
12:16 pm

WDE, Interceptions don’t count to Bobo or Richt, it’s all about td’s, if int’s did count, Murray would have been kicked off thew team after his 14 last year.

WDE

April 7th, 2012
12:20 pm

And twice as many INT’s tell you what troll boy you keep whatever nightmare you have at QB for your team and we will keep ours..and hopefully get to groom Mason for future use.

duke

April 7th, 2012
12:23 pm

To all the Hutson Mason fans: yes he may be talented, but the number you should be looking at is the 2 picks. Just not anywhere near the level Murray is at. Ignorance rumps rampant through this blog

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
12:23 pm

Doc
You know the grass is always grenner on the other side. How about you go over there to the other side too. We have enough contreversersy without you second guessing everything CMR does during the spring. If Murray had of thrown 2 int., you would be criticizing that. I was more impressed with his holding on to the ball. We lost most of our games last year because of turnovers. Mason will get his chance,which reminds me of a good song b the Ozark Mountain Daredevils,” It’ll Shine, When It Shines!”.

jasont13

April 7th, 2012
12:24 pm

Drfutbol, thanks for your hilarious posts. Love how you didn’t mention Mason’s 2 ints. Have you ever been to one of UGA’s scrimmages? Didn’t think so. You have zero and I mean zero idea as to what your talking about. Murray did go against the #1 defense toda. Actually each QB went against the #1 D in some way shape or form. Thanks for the comic relief.

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
12:26 pm

I was really looking forward to seeing marshall play, but I’m still pretty excited to see the improvements in this team. by the way, mason also threw 2 ints, tds are great but turning the ball, over is not option.

bingdon

April 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

MattDawg

April 7th, 2012
12:32 pm

Hutson Mason better than Aaron Murray? Hahahahaha Yeah I guess the coaches think so to that’s why he is playing with the number one offense… Oh wait he’s not. Lol. Mason is going against the second string defense I’m sure. This always happens. “why aren’t we playing the backup QB he is so much better than the starter the coaches don’t know what they are doing!” so stupid, get real people!

WDE

April 7th, 2012
12:34 pm

@DrFutBol seems like a lot of folks noticed the 2 INT’s hmmmmmmm. now tell us something we are all wondering about just when will Bug U sign their second recruit for 2013?

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
12:34 pm

I noticed we didn’t give up 27 sacks this time, another good sign for CWF. Didn’t see Big Johns name called, but Geathers had 2. Also, good to see The Rev. putting the smack-down on the O…

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
12:35 pm

Those same people DIDN’T notice Murray’s 14 INTERCEPTIONS IN 2011.

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
12:35 pm

Mason has been going against the 2s this spring

Bubbs

April 7th, 2012
12:36 pm

Mason is going against the No. defense, no doubt. Pretty impressive stuff.

SammyG

April 7th, 2012
12:38 pm

Mark Richt always goes #2 QB on # 1 defense, you guys need to read up.

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
12:41 pm

Yes, but this spring he’s been having 1s up against 1s.

WDE

April 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

@DrFutBol troll boy of course we did we also noticed his 35 TD’s….now wander off to that dark dank place you came from..

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

None of Mason’s int’s were pick 6’s this Spring, pretty much like a punt, Mason knows when to take his chances, doesn’t hurt the team catastrophically, Murray’s was a catastrophic pick 6 int, counts same as 10 normal int’s.

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
12:53 pm

if Mason were to continue to triple Murray’s td output, if Murray threw 35 td’s in 2011, that would be 105 td’s for Hutson Mason in 2012.

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
12:54 pm

Dr.futbol- what in the world are you taking about?? Stop talking out of your ass man, you look like a compete idiot

WDE

April 7th, 2012
12:55 pm

@nurseFutBol if if if if if if if if if if if if …..really ?

Valdosta Cat

April 7th, 2012
12:57 pm

I’m also impressed with Connor Norman. I’m going on record to say that this kid will turn some heads as he gets more time on the field.

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

Wde- this Dr.futbol guy is a head case, best to ignore him..

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

Connor Norman actually went to my school, played under my older brother when he was in school

gerbildawg

April 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

Ignore WDE, he must be South Carolina fan if he wants Murray, and his 14 int’s, to continue to start….

gerbildawg

April 7th, 2012
1:04 pm

is Murray injured? 1 touchdown all Spring?

bsg3003

April 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

Gerbil dawg, murray gives this team the best chance to win

WDE

April 7th, 2012
1:08 pm

@gerbildawg its a second class troll that shows up uses a couple of names to talk to himself…your a gerbil alright just not a dawg…

gerbildawg

April 7th, 2012
1:08 pm

Murray gives this team the best chance to win? Murray is 0-9 vs. teams that finished in top 25, don’t think so. Mason or Lemay would do better, anyone would do better than 0-9, can’t be worse.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
1:10 pm

Dr. Fut bol, thanks for the comic relief…

WDE

April 7th, 2012
1:11 pm

@bsg3003 I think gerbil boy and DrFutbol are related…

DrFutBol

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

What was comical, Murray’s 14 int’s, or Mason throwing 3x more td’s than Murray this Spring? They’re both pretty funny to the ones making fun of Mason for throwing 3 CAREER interceptions, Murray has done that in one game, and Murray has thrown too many interceptions and fumbles for instant touchdowns. pretty hilarious to go down that road.

WDE

April 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

Hope all the members of the Bull Dog Nation have a great Easter…Go Dogs !