The scrimmage featured the No. 1 offense versus the No. 2 defense and vice versa, goal line situations, overtime situations and other specialty situations. Following the action, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he was more optimistic after watching Friday¹s scrimmage than he was after last Saturday¹s matchup.
³We looked more like where we should be today, but we still have a ways togo,² said Richt. Highlights from the scrimmage included sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford connecting with Kenneth Harris and Sean Bailey for a 37-yard touchdown and a 40-yard touchdown, respectively. In addition, redshirtsophomore Joe Cox hit senior T.J. Gartrell for a 10-yard touchdown.
On defense, junior Dannell Ellerbe racked up nine tackles and a sack,freshman Rennie Curran tallied nine tackles and redshirt freshman ReshadJones added five tackles and a pass break-up. Also, senior Kelin Johnsonhad an interception and junior Jeremy Lomax blocked a field goal.
³The big difference with the No. 1 offense today is that they blocked really well and we want that unit to do well at this point of the preseason,² saidRicht.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo used a trio of tailbacks seniors ThomasBrown and Kregg Lumpkin and redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno during thefirst portion of the scrimmage and Richt was pleased with his backfield¹s efforts.
³Thomas, Lump and Knowshon only played in the first half because we thinkthey are the group that is game-ready,² Richt said. ³We really wanted thefirst half to be as crisp as possible and to simulate what a real game wouldfeel like.²
Richt added that senior Jason Johnson had two touchdowns when running behindthe No. 1 offense near the goal line and that both receivers Tony Wilson andMichael Moore ³deserve to play at this point if they don¹t start goingbackwards.²
The Bulldogs will return to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, but will get thereare chance to leave their pads behind for this trip. At Georgia¹s annualFans¹ Picture Day, players and coaches will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m.with Richt and the offensive unit located throughout the North sideconcourse of Sanford Stadium between Sections 109-101, and the defenselocated on the Gate 6 Plaza between Sections 125-121.
Georgia, which is ranked 13th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, opens the season at Sanford Stadium against Oklahoma State on Sept. 1. Kickoffagainst the Cowboys is slated for 6:45 p.m. and the game will be televisednationally by ESPN2. All Georgia games are broadcast live on the BulldogRadio Network on AM 750 WSB in Atlanta and on both 106.1 FM and 960 The Refin Athens. The radio audio also can be heard worldwide on bothgeorgiadogs.com, the official website of UGA Athletics, and on XM satellite radio.