Dawgs meet up for scrimmage

ATHENS – Georgia's first scrimmage of the spring went about like the Bulldogs expected.

The defense dominated, mostly running over Georgia's inexperienced offensive line and turning Saturday into a long day for quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Bulldog running backs.

"Overall, I'd say the defense got the best of it, but there were some very nice plays made offensively," head coach Mark Richt said. "Way, way too many sacks for the offense. For the defense, it was good. How good is that offensive line playing right now? I don't know."

At one point, the defense stopped the offense on four straight goal line tries. Still, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez wasn't willing to take too much away from the action since Georgia has only three offensive linemen with any major college experience.

"A lot of times we made a mistake and the guy still made a play," Martinez said.

One person who was very happy with his day was defensive end Jarius Wynn. The junior college transfer from GMC had "two or three" sacks, he said. Again, though, that has to be viewed in context, Martinez said.

"Like the other young guys, he's learning our defense," Martinez said. "For every good play he makes, he's made three bad ones, and that's understandable."

There were some positives for the offense, notably wide receivers Mikey Henderson and Michael Moore, who both were singled out by Martinez and Stafford.

"I saw the offense make a couple nice plays today from some guys who haven't been making them," Martinez said. "I'm fired up for that. As a coach, it's awesome to see some of that."

Henderson caught a touchdown pass from Stafford, and Kenneth Harris caught a touchdown pass from backup Joe Cox, Richt said. The scrimmage was not open to the media but had close to 100 onlookers, including about 30 of the top junior prospects from around the region. No statistics from the scrimmage were provided.

Georgia will have six more spring practices and then its annual G-Day game on April 7 in Sanford Stadium at 2 p.m. By then, Stafford said, the defense should be ready to have to tables turned.

"I know (the offensive line) is going to make mistakes just like I am," he said. "We'll jell; we'll get together. We're getting better and from now to G-Day is going to be night and day."

NOTES: Fayette County cornerback Brandon Boykin, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, made a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs on Saturday in Athens, he told Scout.com. Boykin, who also had scholarship offers from Duke and Ole Miss, became Georgia's ninth commitment for the signing class of 2008. … Former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, now the Atlanta Falcons linebacker coach, visited Saturday's practice. … Middle linebacker Brandon Miller suffered a bruised back, but there were no significant injuries, Richt said.


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