Scrimmage Looms for Bauta, Ramsey

ATHENS - If they gave out awards after six spring practices, Georgia starting quarterback Hutson Mason knows which player he would hand one out to at wideout.

"Jonathon Rumph, I think, so far might be the MVP at receiver for spring ball," Mason said. "It's just night and day from last spring. He's always been that big-bodied guy that you thought you could just throw up to and he'd get it. He's just flat-out making more plays this spring than he was last spring and it's great to see a guy who's that big of a target that you can have that mismatch."

The 6-foot-5, 208-pound Rumph had seven catches for 121 yards last season, but battled a hamstring injury and didn't play his first game until November against Florida.

"I'm in a good position to showcase my talent," Rumph said Friday night.

The junior college transfer had seven catches for 121 yards last season when he dealt with a hamstring injury.

Rumph said he is looking to improve "my flexibility, my health, eating right and technique, things like that. Really just getting in the playbook so I can be more versatile in the offense."

Offensive line shifts continue

There was another change in the first-team offensive line on Friday.

Junior Zach DeBell worked at left guard, Mason said. Senior Mark Beard had worked at that spot.

"They're just kind of flipping guys in and out," Mason said.

Greg Pyke worked ahead of Brandon Kublanow at right guard on Thursday after Kublanow came down with the flu.

"I'm getting back to 100 percent," he said Friday.

Senior offensive tackle Watts Dantzler missed practice Friday with a concussion sustained in Thursday's full pads workout.

Of a line that is replacing three starters, tailback Todd Gurley said: "It's good, but we've got some learning to do."

Quarterbacks will be on display in scrimmage

The competition for the No. 2 quarterback job gets its biggest stage so far on Saturday with the first spring scrimmage.

"Scrimmage is gameday so that's what we're going to treat it as," redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta said. "I'm pretty excited about it. I'm sure everybody is pretty excited to strap it on and go really fast."

Bauta moved into the backup spot at the end of last season. He's now competing with redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey behind Mason.

The quarterbacks may have to deal with more than just players coming off the edge.

Sanford Stadium could be soggy with rain expected, but the forecast calls for it to clear by the time the team practices in the afternoon.

"We play outside so the elements are always a factor," Bauta said.

This and that

Mason sees a difference from last year in energy that he attributes to new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. "Guys are flying around to the ball," Mason said. "That's not something you saw a lot of last year. There's a lot more effort on both sides of the ball. We're just trying to practice and preach intensity in flying to the ball."

Gurley said he's done "everything" so far in practice after missing offseason conditioning drills followed ankle and hip injuries last season. "Todd looks completely healthy out there to me," tailback Brendan Douglas said.

More than 200 high school coaches participated in the two-day clinic that wrapped up Friday.

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