Saturday Scrimmage Large for Dawgs

ATHENS - Finally, the day Georgia players say they anticipated most has arrived.

The Bulldogs scrimmage, full contact in Sanford Stadium today, with numerous storylines hinging on how each player performs.

"Tomorrow ought to be fun," said coach Mark Richt. "I think the guys will be really revved up, ready to go. I think they're ready to compete tomorrow. Everybody is live but the quarterback."

The quarterback battle is still a three-way race between Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger. Every practice is a chance to evaluate, Richt says, but the scrimmage offers a unique look at how each player can handle game-like situations.

"Scrimmages in the spring are judged probably the most, and the biggest. Obviously this being our first one, with the quarterback competition going on, how it is right now, it's going to be important," Gray said.

Also, defensive players say they're ready to officially unveil the new 3-4 scheme. The past two weeks has been all about implementing and learning. Today, players can finally show what they've got and feel out coordinator Todd Grantham's playcalling.

"We're ready to get some full contact and see how this 3-4 really works," said safety Bacarri Rambo. "We're going to show everybody how much the 3-4 has affected us, and how much we're going to put into this 3-4. We'll get to see how coach Grantham aggressive playcalling shows up for us."

Aside from the larger storylines about the quarterback battle, and new defense, every player is proving himself on a daily basis. A good performance in the scrimmage is the best way to move up the depth chart.

"I feel we've got some momentum into [today] and I think it's going to be a showdown," said defensive end Demarcus Dobbs.

The scrimmage essentially boils down to another chance for Georgia's players to play football. After two weeks of drills, walkthroughs and film and playbook study, the live action is what they say is craved the most.

"It really is, man," said receiver Tavarres King. "That's what you're out here practicing for, are those days when you really get to play football."


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