Dogs' Richt not happy with scrimmage

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 9:46 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 12:31 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. — Fresh­men tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.

Georgia’s starting offense scored on its first three possessions.

Yet when Georgia coach Mark Richt was done reading out the statistics from Wednesday’s second preseason scrimmage, he offered a warning of sorts.

“OK, I want to guard my words a little bit,” a less-than-pleased Richt said.

The scrimmage was closed, but this much is clear: Georgia had fumble issues.

Four in all for the quarterbacks.

Richt said that Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason each had a fumble. Tailback Brandon Harton also fumbled.

“I might feel better watching film,” Richt said.

Or maybe not.

Perhaps an hour after Richt’s post-scrimmage news conference, as coaches began to look at film, it was relayed to the media that quarterbacks Christian LeMay and Parker Welch also fumbled. So that’s five fumbles in all.

“Every time the quarterback got touched, they fumbled the ball,” Richt said. “They’re not supposed to get tackled, but sometimes they’ll get touched. … We better get better at that.”

On top of that Murray, Mason and LeMay each threw an interception.

“Just bad interceptions, bad throws,” Richt said. “Well, one Corey (Moore) made a great play. I’ll give him that.”

The No. 1 units went up against the No. 2 units.

Gurley had 87 yards rushing with two touchdowns.

Receiver Chris Conley had four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown catch of about 40 yards.

The No. 2 offense drove the field against the No. 1 defense one time to score on a Mason strike to freshman Blake Tibbs. Richt wasn’t happy that Brandon Harton broke a tackle in the backfield to get a first down.

Murray, who completed 8 of 14 passes for 158 yards with a touchdown and interception, said he “thought it was a great scrimmage offensively,” citing the early drives.


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