Durham, Cuff Steal the Scrimmage Show

ATHENS - Georgia's scrimmage proved to be a big day for the offense, particularly senior receiver Kris Durham.

Three of the Bulldogs' four offensive touchdowns went to Durham, Richt said, and the senior finished with four catches for 74 yards.

"I was about the second best (receiver)," said A.J. Green, who caught six passes for 80 yards. "But I didn't compare to Durham though."

Durham caught a fade pattern from Logan Gray on the first drive of the scrimmage then hauled in two post pattern passes for touchdowns, too. The big numbers were a welcome reward, Richt said, after Durham missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.

"He's doing good, and I know he's excited about practicing again and playing football again," Richt said.

While the defense didn't have quite as impressive a showing Saturday, Cuff managed to turn in the day's highlight, making a one-handed interception of an Aaron Murray pass in the back of the end zone.

"Vance is really gaining confidence daily, and he's making some really nice plays – plays that I hadn't seen him make on a consistent basis," Richt said. "I think you can just see his demeanor, his confidence level has really risen."

Green said Cuff has grown by leaps and bounds this spring and, although he's still involved in a stiff competition with Branden Smith for the open starting cornerback job, Cuff has added an element of physicality to his repertoire that makes him a touch matchup.

"He's getting more aggressive. He has the speed to go with anybody, but he's getting much better," Green said. "He's more slender, tall, and I feel like he can get his hands on you quicker than some of the shorter ones because he has long arms. And he's just jamming a lot of the receivers at boundary, and he's been real aggressive."

Fewer flags encourage Richt

There were so many penalties during Thursday's practice that Richt said he hardly cared how the offense and defense performed. When practice ended, he had his players rolling the length of the field – twice. It was enough punishment to have several players on the verge of vomiting, but it seemed to get his point across.

Georgia's offense committed just one infraction during Saturday's scrimmage – a false start on one of the receivers – and the defense had just three.

Richt said he hoped Saturday's more refined play would be the rule, and said Thursday's lackluster performance was likely based more on a bit of displaced energy from his players.

"Spring ball, you're smacking that same guy day after day after day," Richt said. "You're competing with him, and sometimes they just lose their patience with each other and you get a dumb foul. He'll lose his composure because he wants to whip that guys o badly. It wasn't all bad because the energy level and the fight was great, but we just had too many penalties."

Bumps and bruises

Aside from players out for the remainder of spring practice, Georgia had just three players miss Saturday's scrimmage. Tailbacks Caleb King and Dontavius Jackson and receiver Marlon Brown all sat out, but all are expected to be back for the final week of practice.

"It's getting better," King said of his sore knee. "They just wanted me to rest on it, and I know for sure I'm coming back on Tuesday. It was just flaring up."

Fellow tailback Washaun Ealey was also limited during the day's scrimmage due to a minor knee injury, getting just five carries, leaving the majority of the tailback work to Carlton Thomas and walk-on Kevin Lanier.

"I got a little banged up, so it was mostly Carlton," Ealey said. "I just got a little knee bruise, but I'm still practicing. It's not a factor."

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