Defense Shines In Scrimmage For Bulldogs
Punter Drew Butler enjoys some watermelon after Saturday's practice.

Punter Drew Butler enjoys some watermelon after Saturday's practice.
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Aug. 14, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia football team had its final practice before classes start on Monday, scrimmaging on Saturday morning at Sanford Stadium.

With cloud cover and intermittent rain keeping the temperature down, the Bulldogs logged about 90 minutes between the hedges.

"My impression of the day was the defense dominated the scrimmage," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "We had very inconsistent play offensively overall. We really couldn't get much going. When a scrimmage starts that way, it's compounded. It was sloppy at times.

"I'm glad we've got three more weeks to iron some of this stuff out. We had more energy today definitely. By far, it was the coolest day we've dealt with. But the offense started off with not much going right and just couldn't shake it off. I would put the defense in a 7 (out of 10) range and the offense more like a 4."

Quarterback Aaron Murray went 8-of-20 for 133 yards, including a 46-yard pass to receiver Logan Gray. Quarterback Hutson Mason went 8-of-18 for 48 yards. Gray led the receiving corps with three catches for 70 yards.

Tailback Washaun Ealey had seven carries for 78 yards, followed by tailback Caleb King with seven rushes for 18 yards and fullback Fred Munzenmaier with six carries for 17 yards.

Linebacker Akeem Hebron led the defense with five tackles and a fumble recovery. Cornerback Brandon Boykin added four tackles. Outside linebacker Justin Houston had three sacks and returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown. Linebacker Darryl Gamble also had three sacks.

"I think with every practice and every scrimmage, we get more and more confidence," said Houston. "As you get more comfortable, you can go hard to the ball. I'm sure we made mistakes, but we'll watch the film and we'll keep getting better."

"As a defense, we capitalized on their mistakes, we made some plays, we got some stops and we got some turnovers," said Boykin. "I was happy with how we played, and I think we'll continue to play well."

Richt said center Ben Jones will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Sunday. Jones is expected to be ready for the season opener Sept. 4.

After the scrimmage, the Bulldogs held their annual watermelon cutting. Traditionally, the watermelon cutting has marked this end of two-a-day practices. This year, it came after Georgia's last session before the start of classes.

Fall Semester classes begin at UGA Monday, Aug. 16. The annual Fans' Picture Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21, at Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot "Russ" will be available for photos from 1-3 p.m., while the 2010 Bulldogs will be at the stadium from 3-5 p.m.

Georgia, which is ranked No. 21 in the preseason edition of the USA Today coaches poll, will begin the 2010 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Louisiana-Lafayette at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff for the opener against the Ragin' Cajuns is slated for 12:21 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network nationwide.

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