Dawgs' Starters Dominate Scrimmage

ATHENS – It was Aaron Murray's first real action as Georgia's starting quarterback inside Sanford Stadium. There were maybe 20 people in the stands. And no media.

But relying on his coach, his teammates and Murray himself, the debut went well.

And of course it helped to have A.J. Green on his team.

Murray, a redshirt freshman, threw two long touchdown passes to Green, the highlight of his first preseason scrimmage.

"I felt more comfortable in the pocket today," said Murray, who according to the team was 12-for-21 for 237 yards, those two touchdowns and one interception. "That's been my biggest thing, just relaxing and trusting (the offensive line), so that's what I did today. Trust them a lot today. And when there was pressure, just let those guys make the necessary blocks."

Of course, Murray admitted that much of his strategy was simply getting the ball to Green. Both were over 60 yards, one a short route where Green took the rest, another where Green beat the coverage downfield.

"It's pretty nice the plays he makes," Murray said. "It definitely makes things easier."

But Green returned the praise, saying he liked Murray's presence on the field.

"He was very confident, real poised," Green said. "He went through his reads pretty good. The balls he threw to me were just really good."

There was the one interception, by freshman safety Alec Ogletree in a red zone situation. The decision to throw the pass fell under what coach Mark Richt called the "foolish" category.

"Other than that play he made a lot of very good decisions and good throws," Richt said. "Definitely he has a very good command in the huddle and of the system. He does a good job of getting us in the right plays. We've given him a lot of leeway in that regard."

Among other notable showings: Tailbacks Washuan Ealey (66 yards on five carries) and Calek King (63 yards on 14 carries), receiver Logan Gray (45 yards on two catches), and freshman backup quarterback Hutson Mason (9-for-23 for 78 yards, one touchdown and one interception.)

The first units were going against the second-teamers on both sides of the ball. So Richt was heartened that the first-teamers on the whole "whipped" their counterparts.

"There were some nice plays made on both sides of the ball. If you're an optimistic guy like I am, you're like, That's what we can be. So that was encouraging to me."

Linebacker Darryl Gamble estimated the defense had about eight sacks, half of them by him.

"And if we were playing a real game, and guys had laid out, it could've been more," Gamble said.

Injury news

Richt said no major injuries emerged from the scrimmage itself, but several players were held out because of recent ones.

Inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin, a candidate to start, suffered what Richt called "scrapes" after a scooter accident.

Starting guard Cordy Glenn was under the weather. Receiver Kris Durham, coming off shoulder surgery, "dinged" himself in Monday's practice, according to Richt.

Richt also said that cornerback-kick returner Branden Smith, who is dealing with unspecified academic issues, could be out until early next week.

A night in Boulder

The game time for the Oct. 2 game at Colorado was shifted back to 7 p.m. eastern, after originally being announced as a 4:30 start. The game will still be on Fox Sports South.

According to the announcement, the move was made so the game would not run into the Oklahoma-Texas game, which is due to start at 3:30 p.m. eastern.


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