The Bulldogs scrimmaged for the first time this preseason on Saturday. The result: not unbelievable, but not bad either. However, the cast was limited – obviously due to a few injuries. The absence of Malcolm Mitchell left the receiving corps a bit weak, but it also allowed a few other players to get some extra catches they might not have if he were on the field.
(Two) Bailey led the defense in tackles on Saturday with eight, followed by Jordan Jenkins who had five. Jenkins may have really been the one who stepped up in Wilson’s absence with three sacks. Shaq Jones had five tackles as well and also accounted for one pass breakup.
In terms of the secondary, freshman Malkom Parrish is a football player, simply put. Regardless of what position he played in high school, Parrish is a defensive back now.
“He's just a good football player,” Mark Richt said. “He's very smart (and) eager to learn. I'm not shocked. I think he's a natural as a defensive player.”
(Three) The passing game was a bit scattered; highlighted by one deep ball for nearly 40 yards from redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey to Isaiah McKenzie. The team leader in receptions, however, was Blake Tibbs who had four for 44 yards. Tailback Keith Marshall also had 56 yards on three receptions. He seems to be recovering from his knee injury well.
If you read anywhere that McKenzie took one to the house on his first live kickoff return, that’s not entirely true.
Richt said it wasn’t live.
(Four) Freshman Nick Chubb carried the ball seven times for 52 yards. Fellow first-year back Sony Michel carried it five times for 13 yards. The junior tandem of Marshall and Todd Gurley accounted for just 36 yards on 10 carries. It’s pre-season, though.
(Five) The buzz is still relatively hushed when it comes to the offensive line.
It didn’t allow too many sacks today, though - unless you count Jenkins’ three. That line also allowed Mason to complete 10 of 13 attempts for 104 yards. Georgia’s starting quarterback didn’t throw for any touchdowns of interceptions. In fact, none of Georgia’s quarterbacks did.
Faton Bauta, who’s battling with Ramsey for the number two spot, hit on seven of 12 attempts for 102 yards. As usual, he elected not to wear the traditional non-contact jersey.
“He came to my office and asked if it was okay to be live in the scrimmage, and the reason he wants to know that is he knows he can break tackles,” Richt said. “He wanted to have a chance to do his thing so to speak, athletically, and it worked. He made some plays.”
Finally, Ramsey hit on eight of 16 pass attempts for 134 yards while Jacob Park connected on six of 10 for 44 yards.