Fall Camp Day Seven: The Rundown

ATHENS - Georgia hit the field for its first team scrimmage on Wednesday.

1. The offense lacked enthusiasm during Georgia's scrimmage today, according to quarterback Hutson Mason. He placed a little of that blame on himself and other veteran leaders.

"I could have done better," Mason said. "Offensively we had quite a few turnovers today. I can't say right now how many turnovers or touchdowns I had personally; head man's orders."

That's an area Mason and other offensive leaders must work to fix. However, it's hard to play soft for too long with Mike Bobo lighting the fire under you… figuratively speaking.

2. There were some good things to be noted from today's scrimmage, though, one of those being defense. That defense could have been the reason for the offense's downfalls. That's yet to be confirmed, though. Some defenders Georgia listed as having big days were T.J. Stripling and Josh Dawson. Dawson played at outside linebacker, defensive end, nickel end and tackle during today's scrimmage. He said he felt equally comfortable at each position, and will play wherever the team needs him to in order to get to Pasadena.

3. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are still good.

"It's hard to find a weakness on Todd," Dawson said. "You try to take speed, but he'll outrun the safety. You try to take power, but he'll run a defensive back or linebacker over. Keith had maybe an 80-yard touchdown in the scrimmage and he can still fly."

I think that's enough to sum up the running back tandem's continuous success, but the two backs will continue to get the necessary reps in order to keep them fresh. They've continued to look good, or great, through Fall Camp even though they haven't received much attention. That being said, Gurley and Marshall don't require too much of our attention right now and that's the way Georgia prefers to keep it.

4. The defense definitely had the upper hand in the scrimmage according to Richt. He agreed with Mason by saying the guys were out of 'juice.' However, Wednesday's scrimmage followed the team's first day of two-a-days on Tuesday. Georgia's offense has to respond quickly.

"We've got a ways to go and a short time to get there," Richt said with no evident intention of quoting the late Jerry Reed.

Of course, Murray's three picks didn't help the guys get 'juiced' either. That's not a good way for a senior leader to start the season; especially when the senior quarterback came back to Georgia to win it all. Keep an eye out for quick change there.

5. T.J. Stripling is back, and he looked good according to the stat sheet. Stripling recorded five tackles and one sack. Three of those tackles were made behind the line of scrimmage. Here's what Richt had to say about Stripling's return from injury:

"I think T.J. will help us, and he's going to have his role on our defense and not just our special teams," Richt said. "The injury absolutely slowed his career down, but he's put himself in a position to help us on scrimmage downs. We do a lot of substitutions for that reason."

With a lot of mixed messages from the team and Richt today, it's safe to say the first scrimmage wasn't an all-around team victory. It's just the first one, though, so that's a good thing. By my humble prediction, this staff will be all over the Dawgs in the upcoming days.


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