Dawgs' depleted offense struggles

ATHENS – Matthew Stafford's mood probably summed up Georgia's first scrimmage of the fall as well as anything.

The Bulldogs sophomore quarterback was not in a good mood Saturday night when the team came off the field at close to 10 p.m.

"We look rough, you know, just a lot of missed assignments, a lot of mental mistakes we can't have," Stafford said. "We've got to know what we're doing before we're able to play hard. It's going to take a while."

Georgia's offensive line issues are making it tough for the offense to move the ball, Coach Mark Richt said. The Bulldogs were without injured offensive linemen Chester Adams (ankle), Tanner Strickland (foot) and Chris Little (wrist) on Saturday, and starting guard Scott Haverkamp suffered an ankle sprain early in the practice.

So, for much of the evening, Georgia's first team line consisted of true freshmen at both tackle positions (Clint Boling and Trinton Sturdivant) and one guard spot (Justin Anderson), a redshirt freshman at the other guard (Chris Davis) and senior center Fernando Velasco.

"It was no fun for the offense today really," Richt said.

Stafford was 13-of-20 passing for 125 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tony Wilson. Redshirt freshman tailback Knowshon Moreno led the rushing attack with 36 yards on five carries.

Seniors Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin combined for 16 yards on five carries. Caleb King had 6 yards on five carries.

Moreno "is the only one who really had any holes," Stafford said.

Wilson had three catches for 30 yards, and Kris Durham had three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. Seniors Sean Bailey and A.J. Bryant each caught two passes.

Georgia's offensive line issues aren't likely to get better any time soon. Strickland will miss up to two weeks, and Adams and Haverkamp will be out "for a while," Richt said. It's doubtful the Bulldogs will have their first-team line together at all next week.

The Bulldogs defense took advantage of the offense's troubles, Richt said.

"They enjoyed it, and I told them to enjoy it," Richt said. "I said just temper it a little bit because we're playing with a bunch of rookies up front. They played great, team Georgia defense. It was fun to watch without question, but they've got to temper their excitement because of what they were running up against."

Backup middle linebacker Marcus Washington led the defense with seven tackles. Linebackers Akeem Dent and Dannell Ellerbe each had six tackles. Darius Dewberry had five tackles. Tight end Tripp Chandler (ribs), defensive tackle Ricardo Crawford (heat) and wide receiver Mikey Henderson (hip) didn't play Saturday night.


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