Five That Flashed

A look at five players that stood out Saturday in Georgia's spring game.

ATHENS -- In the 2013 edition of Georgia's G-Day, the usual suspects thrived while a new crop of players flexed their skills for the fans that set a spring game attendance record.

Five players made our shortlist, which reads as follows:

Senior QB Aaron Murray
Redshirt Freshman DL John Taylor
Junior TB Kyle Karempelis
Junior WR Jonathan Rumph
Freshman LB Reggie Carter

Rumph was the unanimous vote for this spring game's biggest winner. A junior college transfer from Holmes, Miss., Rumph caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

"I feel good that Jonathan Rumph made a couple of plays," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "It was good to see the two offenses move the ball and make some plays."

While head coach Mark Richt was impressed with Rumph's performance, he said the junior still has much to learn, a nod to both his accomplishes thus far and upside yet to be fulfilled.

"It was his best day," Richt said. "It was good for him to have that kind of day. To be fair to him, he has a ways to go and a lot to learn. I'd like to see him be more physical in jump ball situations."

Murray had an efficient day in his fifth career spring game, hitting on 12 of 18 attempts for 200 yards and two touchdown strikes. The rising senior said he felt comfortable amidst the irregular system known as a spring game offense.

"I felt pretty good," Murray said. "It's hard to get in a rhythm when you're not playing every series. There may have been one or two I missed here and there, but overall I felt pretty good."

Richt expects nothing less of his team leader in his fourth and final year as the starter in red and black.

"I might sound a little nitpicky, but he is a fourth-year starter," Richt said.

Bobo also put some pressure on his quarterbacks today, crediting their decision making for the amount of sacks they took throughout the game.

"I was disappointed in the amount of sacks we took," Bobo said. "I don't think it was the line of scrimmage, I think it was the quarterbacks taking too many sacks. We've got to get rid of the ball. We've still got a long way to go, and there's a lot to teach off the tape."

Murray said this off-season should make a big difference when fall rolls around, and the spring game offered another opportunity to get better.

"It gives everyone a lot of confidence," Murray said. "You start finding out who is going to be a back-up, and it just boosts into the summer where we'll really have to get after it for a great year."

Karempelis may have been the day's biggest surprise with 13 rushes for 89 yards. The former Wesleyan standout's performance had teammates were buzzing, and his coaches weren't surprised with the results.

"I think most of the spring was more of the same for me," Richt said. "Karempelis had a big day. You just never know who is going to have a big day in any particular scrimmage, but I wasn't surprised by anything."

The defensive side saw its fair share of breakouts in Taylor and Carter. The two freshmen tallied seven tackles to make a lasting impression on their more-experienced teammates. Taylor added one sack while Carter grabbed an interception.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said it was hard for him to pick out one defensive player who stood out among others.

"It's hard to say because I thought there were a lot of guys who did a great job," Grantham said. "I thought John Taylor played physical and stout, so that could give us some depth there. Overall I was pretty much pleased with all of the young guys and what they're doing."

Though Tray Matthews was the favorite newcomer on Georgia's defense early in the offseason, Richt said Carter is a player to watch.

"Reggie [Carter] is a very good fundamental football player," Richt said. "Reggie plays downhill and he's had an interception in every scrimmage we've had."


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