published Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Georgia thin spot thinner

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    Georgia head coach Mark Richt talks on his headset as his team plays against Arizona State in the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Georgia’s first scrimmage of the spring did not yield a clear-cut winner, according to coach Mark Richt, only more problems at the thinnest position.

“I thought it was relatively even, kind of back and forth,” Richt said Monday. “We’ve got a long way to go yet, but we also saw a lot of good things. We’ve got to be able to handle adversity a little better on both sides of the ball. Things don’t always go the way you want in football, and you’ve got to be able to recover.”

The Bulldogs ran about 65 plays in the scrimmage, with coaches employing various down-and-distance situations.

Senior quarterback Joe Cox completed 9 of 13 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, while freshman Aaron Murray completed 4 of 6 passes for 131 yards, including a 75-yard scoring strike to senior receiver Vernon Spellman. Fellow freshman Zach Mettenberger completed just 1 of 10 passes for 4 yards and was intercepted, but Richt said he was the victim of several drops.

Junior Kalvin Daniels had 45 yards on nine carries to lead the tailbacks, while sophomore Caleb King had 32 yards on six carries. Sophomore A.J. Green hauled in five catches to lead all receivers and totaled 65 yards.

Sophomore cornerback Brandon Boykin made six tackles, and senior defensive tackle Geno Atkins had three sacks.

Only three scholarship defensive ends were available, and that number dwindled to two when redshirt freshman Jeremy Longo left with a shoulder injury. Richt did not know the severity of Longo’s setback and had to use tackles Atkins and Kade Weston to help at that spot.

“I think we could have done a lot better as far as our assignments and fundamentals, but we were getting tired out there,” sophomore end Justin Houston said. “I was drained at the end.”

Said Richt: “I’m not quite sure how we’ll proceed there.”

Odds and ends

Senior receiver Kris Durham of Calhoun sat out the scrimmage with a shoulder injury. ... Offensive line signee Austin Long of Memphis had to undergo back surgery Monday and will redshirt this season.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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