2008 Fall Camp: Day 16 Practice Report

ATHENS - Top-ranked Georgia scrimmaged for the final time during the 2008 preseason on Thursday afternoon, staging a "simulated game" at Sanford Stadium with the scout team serving as Georgia Southern, the Dogs' season-opening opponent in less than 10 days.

"We went full speed tempo but from there we were 'thud' on contact," head coach Mark Richt said. "We did not tackle except for three kicking team plays so some of the stats are skewed."

True freshmen Dontavious Jackson, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas were the only tailbacks to carry the ball for "Georgia" as Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King were held out of action. Jackson led the rushing efforts with 11 carries for 51 yards, while Thomas had 20 yards on four carries and Samuel had 10 yards and a touchdown on three carries.

"We were controlling the action," Richt said. "Most of the plays were stopped as soon as the runner was touched. We wanted to make sure that Georgia Southern got as many offensive snaps as Georgia did."

Matthew Stafford connected on 4-of-5 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Joe Cox and Logan Gray, who both wore jersey No. 14, combined to complete 9-of-13 attempts for 216 yards and two TDs. Demiko Goodman had three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Kris Durham also had three grabs for 57 yards. Freshmen A.J. Greene and Tavarres King also hauled in touchdowns.

"We got a good chance to work on all the transitions of the kicking game, for instance from third down to punt, from touchdown to extra point and from third down to field goal," Richt said. "Transitioning all those substitutions was a big part of the day. We still have a ways to go. We're not as clean as we need to be."

Richt also praised Bryan McClendon and Mark Collins, Georgia's graduate assistant coaches, who served as Georgia Southern's staff during the scrimmage.

"Our grad assistants did a very nice job today," Richt said. "They were very well prepared and had our players ready to go. The guys who played for Georgia Southern also did a very good job. In particular, (receiver) Marquise Brown made some nice plays."

Richt also announced that redshirt freshman linebacker Charles White suffered an injury early in the session.

"Charles hurt his achilles, but we don't know how it is yet," Richt said. "It was either on the first kickoff or the first scrimmage down of the day."

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