UPDATED: Georgia’s Marlon Brown, Todd Gurley star in pass-happy scrimmage

Freshman tailback Todd Gurley is generating some buzz in the Bulldogs' preseason camp. He led the backs with 58 yards and a touchdown during Wednesday's scrimmage. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Freshman tailback Todd Gurley is generating some buzz in the Bulldogs' preseason camp. He led the backs with 58 yards and a touchdown during Wednesday's scrimmage. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Georgia held its first full-scale, controlled scrimmage of the preseason at Sanford Stadium on Wednesday. Head coach Mark Richt called it a “good scrimmage” with “some bumps and bruises, but I don’t think anything came from it.”

Following are the “unofficial official stats,” as  Richt likes to call them. Below that are some comments from coaches and players and general observations.

RUSHING

  • Todd Gurley 6 carries — 58 yards — 1 touchdown
  • Ken Malcome 5-32-0
  • Brandon Harton 7-25-0
  • Kyle Karempelis 4-15
  • Keith Marshall 7-11

PASSING

  • Aaron Murray 12 completions — 17 attempts — 170 yards — 1 touchdown — 0 interceptions
  • Hutson Mason 9-13-86-1-0
  • Christian LeMay 3-6-44-0-1
  • Parker Welch 4-7-18-0-0
  • Faton Bauta 0-3-0-0

RECEIVING

  • Marlon Brown 6 receptions — 103 yards — 2 touchdowns
  • Tavarres King 4-66-0
  • Rantavious Wooten 2-45-1
  • Justin Scott-Wesley 3-43
  • Michael Bennett 2-26
  • Arthur Lynch 2-21
  • Merritt Hall 1-16
  • Taylor Bradberry 2-13

DEFENSE

  • Connor Norman 6 tackles
  • Cornelius Washington 6 tackles/3 sacks
  • Devin Bowman 4 tackles
  • Shawn Williams 4 tackles
  • James DeLoach 4 tackles
  • Amarlo Herrera 3 tackles/1 fumble recovery
  • Ramik Wilson 3 tackles
  • Corey Moore 3 tackles
  • Bacarri Rambo 3 tackles/1 sack
  • Sheldon Dawson 3 tackles
  • Jordan Jenkins 1 sack
  • John Jenkins 1 sack
  • Josh Dawson 1 tackle for loss
  • Sanders Commings 1 interception
  • Branden Smith 1 TFL
  • Jarvis Jones 1 PBU

KICKING

  • Marshall Morgan 0-1 on FGs

GEORGIA COACH MARK RICHT

  • On overall play . . .

“Overall the No. 1 units played well. The No. 1 offense actually scored touchdowns on their first three drives. The No. 1 defense didn’t allow but one first down on the first three drives. So I thought both No. 1 units were dominant, which I like this time of year.”

  • On Gurley’s perfomance . . .

“Todd, he ran the ball well, but he had some good space provided for him at times where some other guys didn’t. I mean, Marshall had a great three-yard run one time but that doensn’t impress anybody unless you see it in person. I thought all the backs ran well really. There were a cpouple of times I didn’t think they hit it like they should have or could have. But it wasn’t bad.”

  • On Brown’s performance . . .

“He has started hot. He’s been hot this whole camp. He’s been outstanding. We’re all just praying that he stays healthy and he does well. He really has had a great camp. We were saying this a year ago.”

  • On pass protection . . .

“Offensively I thought the pass protection improved, even with the No. 2 unit. There were still some sacks but, as many times as we threw it, there were some times [the quarterbacks] could stand up in there and make their reads and make a throw. I don’t know if the No. 1 offensive line gave up a sack.”

  • On all the sacks . . .

“I like it when my No. 1 defense is getting sacks. It doesn’t really bother me. You’ve got guys like [Bacarri] Rambo and [Alec] Ogletree, John Jenkins, Jarvis Jone and Cornelius Washington; you hope and expect to get sacks from those guys. If it’s you’re first unit getting beat real bad, then you get concerned. But I’m not too concerned because they’re going against some pretty good guys.”

WR MARLON BROWN

“It was from Hutson Mason. I was just kind of running down the middle of the field and he put it on me. I was wide open.

“At the beginning of the scrimmage I had a ball across the middle I should have caught. But I realaxed a little bit. It was an easy touchdown and I kind of dropped my hands a little bit and it went through my hands. After that I was like, Man, I’m not missing anymore passes today.”

SS SHAWN WILLIAMS

“[Alec] Ogletree got a good hit on short yardage on Todd Gurley. He hit him and I was like, ‘wow!’ I liked hjow it sounded. I got pretty hyped.”

Also, on freshman RBs . . .

“They’re doing real well. Both of them, Keith and Todd, they’re going to go I there and get the job done. They’re running the ball hard and not shying away from hits or blows. They’re trying to take it to you. I feel like we’re making them better an d they’re making us better.”

NG JOHN JENKINS

“It’s like a big tease, man. I’m just looking forward to the games. Just to be back in the stadium between the hedges gets you excited.”

INJURY REPORT

  • S Marc Deas, hamstring strain, out
  • DE Ray Drew, concussion, out
  • OLB Dexter Morant, shoulder sprain, out
  • CB Damian Swann, cervical sprain, no contact
  • TE Hugh Williams, left hand surgery, out

TIDBITS

While special teams was not the focus of Wednesday’s scrimmage, freshman place-kicker Marshall Morgan missed on his only attempt of the day. Richt could not say how far it was but did say the line of scrimmage was inside the 20-yard line, so it was “relatively short range.” Morgan did make all his extra points, however. . . . “You can tell they’re nervous,” Richt said of the kickers. “They’re human. Everybody’s talking about them. I’m sure they’re feeling it a little bit.” . . . Walkon punter Adam Erickson, a redshirt sophomore from Athens, has established himself as the holder from placement kicks. . . .

Freshman John Theus worked with No. 1 offense at right tackle on the No. 1 offense’s first possession. He’s competing with sophomore Watts Dantzler for the starting job. . . . Starting RG Chris Burnette was back in action on Wednesday. He split time with Dantzler. . . . Richt said he would ask the coaches to begin formulating the travel list for their respective positions so they might begin to assimilate a 70-man SEC roster.

Richt said the plan is still for Mason, the junior quarterback from Marietta, to redshirt this season. But Wednesday’s play distribution once again underscored that he remains Plan B should Murray be injured. LeMay (3-for-6, 44 yards, interception) got less work and that was limited mainly to the second and third units. “We’re going to work all three of those guys a lot,” Richt said. “Like I’ve said before, if something happens today, Hutson’s No. 2. Things could change throughout camp, but Hutson simply has a tremendous feel for what he’s doing. He’s got another year under his belt compared to LeMay. LeMay is getting there as far as progress. But as of right now, if something happened to Murray it would be Hutson.”

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253 comments Add your comment

Flying Low

August 8th, 2012
2:14 pm

Glad football is back with no major injuries. Go Dawgs.

Taylor Wooten

August 8th, 2012
2:14 pm

where is Jay Rome?

Birddawg

August 8th, 2012
2:17 pm

Looks good and no injuries!

injury bug starts today!

August 8th, 2012
2:19 pm

Big Ole Connor Norman!

JoeyHanie

August 8th, 2012
2:19 pm

Alotta sacks……..Come on O-Line…..

Back River Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:20 pm

I count 7 sacks/tackles for loss………The OL situation scares me to death.

Double Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:21 pm

Just saw the team on campus. Several guys are bruised pretty bad.

True ATL Fan

August 8th, 2012
2:23 pm

And what about Chris Conley? I can see a 4-way threat with Mitchell, Conley, Scott-Wesley, and Rome coming up next year

North Georgia Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:24 pm

Was Richard Samuel hurt or playing fullback?

Tech fans

August 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

Any team that faces this defense is prone to give up a lot of sacks! I’m
Not worried. Gotta stay positive. Mental toughness is half of the battle. Go dawgs!!!

Double Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

Samuel was limping. Not sure how serious it is.

BankerDawg

August 8th, 2012
2:26 pm

Flying Low – thats the “key” to a succesful season. We need to keep everyone healthy.

North Georgia Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:27 pm

Conley missed the spring with a wrist injury, but will be fine for the season from what I’ve heard. I don’t know if he played today because he wasn’t in the stats.

BankerDawg

August 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

Marlon Brown lit it up. We need him to step it up this year and be the guy we all thought he could be. We’re real deep at WR.

Warner Robins DAWG

August 8th, 2012
2:32 pm

I’m surprised Jarvis Jones didnt have any tackles or sacks. As for Richt saying the backs didnt run hard or hit it like they could have, i’ll channel my inner Allen Iverson…”WE TALKING BOUT PRACTICE MAN, THIS IS PRACTICE!!!” LOL.

Dawg Haus

August 8th, 2012
2:34 pm

Great to see Marlon Brown doing well at practice. Hope he finally has “his” year in 2012!

UGA Forester

August 8th, 2012
2:35 pm

Who fumbled? That is the one thing that worries me about these Freshman running backs. They may run fast at practice, but what happens when they get rocked.

BC

August 8th, 2012
2:38 pm

Murray with No 1 offense against No 2 defense = 70% accurate
Mason with No 2 offense against No 1 defense = 70% accurate

Mason is better, sorry, he needs to be starting. He always outperforms Murray.

Gurley and Malcome did great, Marshall, did not impress.

Brown big day.

Wash 3 sacks, Commings int. Nice!

Field goal kicker ar 50%????

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
2:38 pm

J.S.Wesley is one to watch this year. Glad to see “Corn” getting on them. How did Theus look at LT? Did he keep JJ in line???

frank

August 8th, 2012
2:41 pm

…..and then halfway through the scrimmage the boys chucked the pads and did high dives at the ramsey center. That will show em!

BC

August 8th, 2012
2:44 pm

Don’t see how Murray going against the No 2 defense gets him ready for SEC competition. He needs to be going against the No 1’s. Nice to see his accuracy go up, and he finally threw a td pass this Spring, but geez, against the No 2 defense, come on man, TEST THIS GUY, get him ready if you’re convinced, for whatever dumbfounding reasons, that he’s the best QB on the team. Quit babying the guy, quit making it so easy for him. Let him go up against the best.

BG

August 8th, 2012
2:45 pm

Marlon Brown is going to have a break out year.

PennGeorgia State

August 8th, 2012
2:45 pm

gonna be a looong year in athens, losers….

PennGeorgia State

August 8th, 2012
2:46 pm

Murray won’t see a SEC defense in practice…uga’s “d” is average at best, nothing special for sure..

North Georgia Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:48 pm

gonna be a looong year in athens, losers….

It would appear that you’re the biggest loser considering you’re on this blog around 3 bashing someone else’s team.

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
2:48 pm

BC
You do not help this team by dividing the fans in a qb controversy. Coach Richt has chosen Murray. Get on board son or this train will leave without you. We need you on board, got it???

North Georgia Dawg

August 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

Wait and see, loser the guys were good last season but now have some much-needed depth. If anything holds the team back, it will be the o-line, not the defense.

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

I wouldn’t put much emphasis on stats at this point, good or bad. Let’s just be thankful nobody got hurt badly.

Jerry Seinfeld

August 8th, 2012
2:52 pm

10-1 odds the haters posting on this blog are not masters of their domain.

Truth Be Told

August 8th, 2012
2:52 pm

TG3 is gonna be the truth

kingdaddy

August 8th, 2012
2:54 pm

Pinhead,
you scared, say you’re scared. You know UGAs getting fixed, and you are scared. You should love it if UGA was messing up but you don’t like what you see because UGA is doing and making the right moves, lol…

GT

August 8th, 2012
2:57 pm

Wish y’all the best of luck this year. Beat USC and I think everything opens up. Don’t understand why so many GT people get on to just bash UGA. I root for in state all day everyday.

Really?

August 8th, 2012
2:57 pm

Mason over Murray really only in georgia lmao!!!

Bippitty Bopitty Boo Boo

August 8th, 2012
2:58 pm

O Line stinks…. gona be a loooooooonnnnng season of expectations being shot down.

Jerry Seinfeld

August 8th, 2012
2:58 pm

A starting lineman and a top backup for Missouri, tore their triceps tendon and ACL, respectively. I feel bad for those guys, but that makes it even harder going up against our defensive line.

Jerry Seinfeld

August 8th, 2012
2:59 pm

You’ve got a lot of class, GT. It’s always nice to hear from fans of other teams who are not haters.

Bippitty Bopitty Boo Boo

August 8th, 2012
3:01 pm

O line still cant block through a wet paper bag. pathetic!

BKBroila

August 8th, 2012
3:04 pm

#1’s dominate #2’s….typical….50% FG….also typical, unfortunately…go dawgs!!!!

Jerry Seinfeld

August 8th, 2012
3:06 pm

Don’t feed the trolls, it just makes them feel like they’ve got somebody to talk to which is what they want. They want you to get mad and write them back.

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
3:08 pm

He’s not dividing anybody. The fans know if Mason was a better option, he would be the starter. Pretty silly to make such a proclamation from any scrimmage stats anyway. We had 5 different qbs taking snaps, he has not idea who was playing who or what they were working on at the time.

Senator Blutarski

August 8th, 2012
3:09 pm

—this season could be great! A few make it sound like it’s over already because of concerns about the offensive line. Nothing’s over until we say it’s over!

frank

August 8th, 2012
3:11 pm

aaron murphy went up against the #2 defense cos thats all he can beat.

Dont believe me? Check his career win loss record and statistics vs good teams. Good ole Mark Rick shielding his boy and hiding his flaws from the fans. With this riff raff of a schedule we wont know the true aaron murphy until the sec championship laugher.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2012
3:12 pm

BC

Give it up already dude

The constant whining about Mason playing is really really old

No one on the coaching staff is reading this or listening to your “expert” freaking opinion about the QB’s.

Mason is going to redshirt in 2012 unless Murray gets hurt

Murray is the starter

Say those last 2 lines over and over again and you can stop posting your nonsense

DawginLex

August 8th, 2012
3:13 pm

Who is aaron murphy?

does he play for ole miss?

True Dawg

August 8th, 2012
3:19 pm

Why is it that Brandon Harton got the most carries? We have 4 big backs in camp and Bobo still giving it to the little guy who can’t get it done.

DawgInMontgy

August 8th, 2012
3:21 pm

29 rushes for 141 yards..and that is NOT including the lost yardage on 6 sacks??? Let’s be kind and say 5 yard per sack…35 rushes for 111 yards. THAT’S 3.2 YPC.

I love UGA. But how can a team with NO Offensive line be ranked this highly?

North Georgia Dawg

August 8th, 2012
3:21 pm

Murray was a sophomore last season, cut him some slack. He has worked with the Manning brothers so hopefully he can improve against the blitz this season. Again, ignore the trolls they want you to get mad.

GaDawg4Life

August 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

Ive never understood why people who root for other teams get on these post and bad mouth my team.
PennGeorgia State
You have no room to talk. Penn State has been good since the 80’s.

Uga

August 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

Lot of TROLLS here. Remember they run certain plays in different situations, so
it might seem one person has better stats than the other. Overall dnt respond to. The haters. Thats why mark richt is the head coach, not you clowns

VINCE

August 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

Who is Cooner Noman