Aug. 24, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- The 19th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs held their third scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt provided a few statistical standouts from Wednesday's action that included a pregame warm up, a coin toss with captains and full-speed tackling on all plays. Georgia's No. 1 offense and defense battled the scout team that ran Boise State's system.
"When you do these scrimmages, Georgia should do well against the scout team," said Richt. "If you start 0-0, then there's no drama and it could be 38-3. There's no sense of urgency so we started out down 31-0 in the second half."
The Bulldogs rallied for a 38-34 victory, scoring a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the contest. Junior flanker Tavarres King (Mount Airy, Ga.) caught a four-yard pass from sophomore Hutson Mason (Marietta, Ga.) for the win. Mason finished 7-for-9 for 98 yards while King had three receptions for 21 yards. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray (Tampa, Fla.) started and was 5-for-9 for 79 yards. Sophomore tight end Orson Charles (Tampa, Fla.) had three catches for 31 yards.
Richt announced the captains for the season opener in senior center Ben Jones (Centreville, Ala.) senior cornerback Brandon Boykin (Fayetteville, Ga.), senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (Statesboro, Ga.) and senior punter Drew Butler (Duluth, Ga.). They served as captains in today's scrimmage too.
"It means a lot to me, especially opening up in the Georgia Dome, in my hometown," said Boykin on being named a captain for the first game. "We're getting ready for Boise State, and it's starting to hit us. It's really here."
Defensively, Boykin was on his way to a couple of long touchdowns Wednesday on an interception and a fumble return had Richt not blown the whistle.
"We didn't want him to pull a hamstring, but the interception was going to be 75 yards and the fumble return was for more than 80," Richt added.
Sophomore outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (Columbus, Ga.) made four tackles and one sack while junior defensive end Abry Jones (Warner Robins, Ga.) had three tackles and two sacks. Sophomore cornerback Jordan Love (Glen Allen, Va.) tallied three tackles, one sack and caused a fumble. Also, junior strong safety Shawn Williams (Damascus, Ga.) and junior cornerback Sanders Commings (Augusta, Ga.) notched interceptions.
Richt was not pleased with the opening drive, calling it "sloppy," however it did result in points. Senior Blair Walsh (Boca Raton, Fla.) nailed a 56-yard field goal.
Overall Richt said it was a good day as he got to put the guys in certain situations and made them have some long drives on offense and made the defense stay out there a while too.
"We'll watch the film and see who is ready to play football for Georgia," Richt added.
"We really played fast today, and that's what (Coach) Bobo wanted us to do," said Ben Jones. "Boise State's front seven is supposed to be one of the best, and it makes us work that much harder."
"I thought we had a really good scrimmage on both sides of the ball," said Murray. "Coach Richt moved the ball around, and we had to drive the field a few times and the defense created some turnovers. I thought we executed plays all around."
Georgia opens the 2011 season against No. 5 Boise State on Sept. 3. The Bulldogs and Broncos will meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in the Georgia Dome at 8 p.m., and ESPN will televise contest nationally.