2006 G-Day: News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's 2006 G-Day Game.

MENTAL LAPSE: Freshman cornerback Asher Allen has done a lot of good things this spring. He was named the team's biggest surprise of the spring on defense, and he's in the running for a starting position.

However, he made a bad mistake Saturday, and it almost cost kicker Andy Bailey a season of football.

Both teams, and even fans attending the game, were told there would be no rush in kicking situations, but Asher went full speed on the first extra point attempt of the game and blocked Bailey's kick. He also clipped Bailey's ankle, causing the kicker to fall to the ground, where he remained for several minutes and appeared to be in significant pain.

Bailey later returned to the game to kick a 25-yard field goal.

"I thought it was live," Allen said. "I didn't want to hurt him like that. I'm sorry, that's my fault."

CONSPIRACY THEORY: Freshman quarterback Joe Cox would have had five interceptions Saturday ifthe game officials hadn't mysteriously overruled an interception by Rowdy Francis.

That call cost the black team, which would have had the ball at the red team's 11-yard line and eventually lost by four points.

"I think Coach Richt made the call from the box, told them not to count it," linebacker Tony Taylor said. "That's messed up man."

Richt insisted after the game he had no say in the overrule.

"I thought it was a pick," he said.

SILVER LINING: The bright side of the six interceptions thrown by the quarterbacks was the plays being made by Georgia's defenders.

"I'm just happy the defense actually caught a few," Richt said. "That was kind of nice, a new trend around here."

Cornerbacks Allen, Paul Oliver and Ramarcus Brown, linebackers Taylor and Jarvis Jackson and safety C.J. Byrd each had an interception. Martinez was most pleased with the picks by Allen and Brown, which were returned for touchdowns.

"It's always good to see those young kids have fun out there and make plays," he said. "When you see guys making plays like there were plays made today, that's really good. That's only going to make us better."

The cornerback position opposite Oliver is "wide open," Martinez said. Thomas Flowers started at that spot Saturday.

Martinez also praised the play of Byrd, who is in the running to take Kelin Johnson's starting safety position, Martinez indicated.

SORE SPOT: The Bulldog tight ends had a rough first half as starter Martrez Milner and sophomore Tripp Chandler each dropped two passes.

Chandler rebounded and caught three long passes, one for 47 yards, one for 25, and one for 19. In all, Chandler caught four balls for 98 yards.

"This was the worst performance (of the spring) as far as catching the ball at tight end," Richt said.

THIS AND THAT: Walk-on Jason Johnson led all running backs with 97 yards on 13 carries. Kregg Lumpkin had 44 yards on eight carries; Danny Ware had 32 yards on nine carries, and Thomas Brown had 25 yards on four carries. … The football team presented the $10,476 it raised for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through an online auction to the university's general relief effort fund during halftime. … The Bulldogs hosted about 150 recruits at Saturday's game.

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