ATHENS, Ga. — Despite the departure of steady veterans Tavarres King and Marlon Brown and the absence of Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Bennett because of injuries, Georgia’s receiving corps made a credible showing in Saturday’s G-Day Game.
For the Black team, which won 23-17, eight players recorded receptions, with five posting at least two catches, good for a combined 294 yards. For the Red squad, six Bulldogs registered grabs, with five making multiple catches for a total of 222 yards.
“I thought all the receivers played great,” said Red team quarterback Aaron Murray, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Leading the way for both teams was junior college transfer Jonathon Rumph, who caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns for the Black team.
AUBURN: Coach Gus Malzahn says he thinks his school’s administration responded well to reports alleging misdeeds in the program going back to the 2010 national title season.
He said nobody on the team was distracted by reports in ESPN The Magazine and roops tigo.com alleging a coverup of synthetic marijuana use to changing a player’s grade.
Asked about the reports after Saturday’s scrimmage, Malzahn said “I feel good about the way they handled it.”
Malzahn referred to statements issued by Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs and declined to discuss the reports further.
FLORIDA: Matt Jones took the opening handoff, found a hole and nearly picked up a first down. Then he headed to the sideline. For good.
The running back was so impressive during Florida’s spring practice that coach Will Muschamp decided to give him a small workload in Saturday’s spring game.
“He can do everything for us, and he’s shown it to us for 14 straight practices,” Muschamp said.
Without him, the Gators managed only two touchdowns.
TENNESSEE: The offense continues to endure growing pains as it attempts to replace at least six likely NFL d Draft picks.
Quarterbacks Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman both struggled to move the ball in the Vols’ second scrimmage of the spring.
New Tennessee coach Butch Jones uses a complex scoring format for each scrimmage in which he awards points to the offense or defense for big plays and accomplishments. Jones’ system had the defense winning the scrimmage 86-63.
“Offensively, I’m not pleased at all,” new coach Butch Jones said. “I didn’t think we were physical at the line of scrimmage. I was disappointed in the way our offensive line came off the football. I’m disappointed with our running backs, and obviously our receivers have a long way to go.”