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8/7 Fall Camp: Can the Pass Defense’s Remarkable Turnaround Actually Be Topped?

ATHENS, Ga.—Statistically, it is has to be one of the biggest one-year turnarounds by a particular unit in Georgia football history: the play of the Bulldogs’ secondary—namely, the pass defense—from 2013 to last season.

Under the guidance of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in 2013, Georgia yielded a passing efficiency defensive rating of 134.74, or the second-worst by a Bulldog squad since opposing passing statistics became available in their entirety in 1977.

That offseason, Grantham left for Louisville, and in stepped Jeremy Pruitt into the role as Georgia’s defensive coordinator.

Following Pruitt’s arrival, Tray Matthews, Josh Harvey-Clemons, and Shaq Wiggins—talented defensive backs who started a combined 25 games in 2013—all soon transferred from Georgia, leaving the cupboard practically bare in the Bulldog secondary. Nevertheless, somehow by seemingly a miracle—or, because of a miracle worker of sorts in Pruitt—Georgia’s pass defense promptly transformed from substandard to near spectacular.

“Our mindset,” sophomore Aaron Davis claimed as the primary reason for the secondary’s sudden improvement. “We came into [last season] with a really relentless mindset: we would not let other teams bully us around and make big plays on us.”

After redshirting in 2013, Davis, who still remains a walk-on, started last season in a secondary which limited the opposition to a passing efficiency of only 105.79—the seventh-best in the nation. In addition, the lowly rating was the second-best by a Georgia pass defense in the previous eight seasons (2007-2014), and the fifth-best by the Bulldogs the last 22 years (1993-2014).

Entering fall camp, Davis was listed as one of the defense’s starting cornerbacks; sophomore Malkom Parrish, who was a prominent backup last season, the other.

“We owe it all to effort—flying to the ball,” replied junior safety Quincy Mauger when asked the reason for the turnaround. Mauger, who is the lone returner in the secondary who was a starter for both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, is again slotted as the first-string strong safety. Sophomore Dominick Sanders, who last season became the first Bulldog freshman (true or redshirt) defensive back to start all of his team’s games in 32 years, is listed as the starting free safety.

Regarding Georgia’s improvement in pass defense under Pruitt, Mauger added that the secondary, or any one individual, shouldn’t receive all the credit. “It’s just not a single guy making plays,” he stressed. “[Players at the 11 different defensive positions] all work together. I feel like when we all give effort, everything comes easy.”

If there is any concern for defending the pass in 2015, perhaps it’s the Bulldogs’ lack of experienced depth in the secondary.

“Besides those guys (the aforementioned Davis, Parrish, Mauger, and Sanders), there’s not a whole lot of guys that have ever played [at Georgia],” Pruitt said. “But, the good thing is we got somewhere probably between eight and 15 guys [in the secondary] that have an opportunity to contribute.”

One of those reserve “guys,” senior Devin Bowman, has actually seen significant playing time, starting nine games for his career, including eight a year ago. Entering preseason practice, Bowman was listed as a reserve cornerback.

Notably, including Bowman, the Bulldogs return four starting defensive backs from a year ago. It represents the first time beginning in the early 1970s, when the program started regularly utilizing four or more defensive backs, Georgia returns four members of its secondary who started at least half the team’s games the year before.

Others joining Bowman in reserve roles are Johnathan Abram and Jarvis Wilson, both of whom are early-enrollee freshmen who stood out during the spring, and slotted as second-string safeties behind Mauger and Sanders, respectively. Also practicing with the safeties thus far in camp is true freshman Rashad Roundtree, who was considered one of the top overall prospects in the state of Georgia coming out of high school.

With the recent departure to the NFL by Damian Swann, who was considered Georgia’s fifth starter in the secondary a year ago at the “Star” position, perhaps another concern for the secondary in 2015 is who will take on a leadership role.

“Hopefully, we have guys that can step into that [leadership] role,” Pruitt said. Notwithstanding, the defensive coordinator apparently should have plenty of leaders in the Georgia secondary for the 2015 season.

“Yes, sir, [all of the defensive backs] are [leaders],” Mauger declared, “whether we’re freshmen, seniors, [sophomores or juniors]. There’s no specific single leader [in the secondary]. We all have a responsibility, and we all take pride in our role.”

One would likely think last season’s pass defense would be difficult to outperform in 2015. However, considering all the returning experience and apparent leadership in this season’s Bulldog secondary, the remarkable one-year turnaround in 2014 could very well be topped.

8/6 Fall Camp: When It Rains, It Pours

ATHENS, Ga.—Following a weather delay of more than two hours due to lightning in the area, the Georgia football team finally hit the Woodruff Practice Fields around 5 p.m. this afternoon for its third practice of preseason camp. During the delay, the Bulldogs were forced inside the Nalley Multi-Purpose Room where the team conducted meetings, a walk-through, and stretched.

Ironically, today’s weather delay, which limited the squad to roughly half the practice time originally planned for outdoors, comes on the heels of a statement made this morning by UGA athletic director Greg McGarity that underground utility work and site preparation for the program’s indoor practice facility will take at least several months to complete. Apparently, the preparation cannot begin until the football team finishes the upcoming season, meaning it may not be until 2017 when the indoor facility is finally ready for use, falling well short of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s original hope that a facility would be ready as early as this year.

“Despite the fact that we had to deal with the weather delays, we did get some quality work in at practice even if we had to cut it short outside,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We did a lot of team work, some more installation including extra point and field goals. Overall, we got in what we needed.”

The team’s limited time outdoors resulted in practice, as well as post-practice player interviews, being completely closed to the media. Therefore, until tomorrow, the media is left to speculate on the Bulldogs’ early preseason progress, including the much publicized and contested quarterback race between Brice Ramsey, Greyson Lambert, and Faton Bauta.

Still, as recently as last night, immediately following Georgia’s second practice of fall camp, we seemingly were given a slight hint in regards to which of the competing players had the upper hand thus far.

“If there is a frontrunner, I’d say it’s [senior tight end] Jay Rome,” sophomore tight end Jeb Blazevich kiddingly replied—very tongue in check—when asked about the three-way quarterback race. “[Rome is] who we all think will get the job. He has wonderful deep-ball accuracy, and he’s a running quarterback too!” Blazevich added with a laugh.

The Bulldogs are slated to practice in shells Friday before donning full pads for the first time on Saturday. And, for all of those involved, the good news is the forecast for the Athens area calls for hardly a chance of rain through Sunday—thus, surely no approaching delay due to weather.

8/4 Fall Camp: It’s Going to Take a Total Group Effort in ’15 to Stop the Run

ATHENS, Ga.—This afternoon, as head coach Mark Richt took to the podium to address the media, signifying the start of fall camp for the 2015 football season, the biggest question on the minds of most of the head coach’s audience concerned Georgia’s quarterback situation: who is going to be this year’s starter under center?

However, the biggest concern on Richt’s mind for this season—or, it probably should be if not already—concerns Georgia’s defensive line: how in the world are the Bulldogs going to stop the run?

More often than not, the casual fan tends to blame a team’s defensive line when the defensive unit struggles to stop the run, as was the case a year ago for Georgia. In the Bulldogs’ three losses in 2014, the opposition averaged more than a staggering 330 rushing yards per game and nearly six yards per rush. For the entire season, the Bulldogs yielded 4.1 yards per running play, marking just the second time in the previous 20 seasons (1995-2014) a Georgia defense allowed more than four yards per rush.

A year later, to make things seemingly worse, Georgia’s defensive line—the unit primarily accused of its opponents’ rushing prowess—has been depleted, losing three seniors (Ray Drew, Mike Thornton, and Toby Johnson) who combined to start 25 of the Bulldogs’ 30 starts along the defensive line in 2014.

“[The defensive line is] kind of unique right now,” second-year UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said this afternoon when making a rare appearance in front of the media. “We have four [seniors] on the D-line (Sterling Bailey, James DeLoach, Chris Mayes, and Josh Dawson), but no juniors, and just one sophomore (John Atkins).”

Therefore, Georgia will evidently be forced to play a significant number of true freshmen at the unit which is likely “probably the hardest to play as a freshman,” according to Pruitt.

“The one thing we don’t want to do with these freshmen is create unrealistic expectations,” Pruitt said. “As a fan base, you have these [high] expectations when you start to recruit a lot of really good football players. But, the reality of it is there’s not a whole lot of true freshmen that play [at any position in the conference]. If you’re playing with a whole lot of true freshmen, you’re probably not very good.”

Whether playing with a whole lot of true freshmen, or otherwise, Georgia has not been very good at stopping the run for some time. Last season marked the fourth time in the last five years (2010-2014) the Bulldogs allowed their opposition to average at least 3.7 yards per rush; whereas, this was the case for the Georgia defense just once (2005) the previous 15 seasons (1995-2009).

Either way, whether the run defense sinks or swims, should Georgia’s defensive line be held solely responsible for stopping the run?

“Coach Pruitt says it best: it’s not the defensive line’s job to stop the run, but the job of the entire defense—as a defensive unit—to stop the run,” replied Lorenzo Carter, a standout outside linebacker entering his sophomore year. Carter then insinuated that not stopping the run a year ago was the result of a few factors—namely, mental errors, players out of position, and a lack of leadership—and not necessarily the fault of any one particular defensive unit.

As far as leadership, Carter added the Georgia defense should be well represented in 2015, particularly by senior linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Jenkins, a self-admitted “shy guy” within the program until the last year or so, has stepped out of his comfort zone, according to Carter, “doing things he wouldn’t have done prior to this year.”

“Yeah, just today,” Carter answered with a laugh when asked if Jenkins had yet to demonstrate leadership. “Probably just an hour ago, he came into the locker room and yelled at some outside linebacker, ‘you have two minutes to get into the meeting room!’”

Besides being a strong leader, Jenkins is also an advocate of the defensive line needing a lot of help in stopping opposing running games.

“A lot of people don’t understand that it’s not always the responsibility of the defensive linemen to set the edge to stop the run,” said Jenkins, who enters the season ranked fifth in school history with 70 career quarterback pressures. “Half the time, it might be a [defensive back] or one of us [linebackers] who sets the edge.”

Last season, Jenkins admitted at times he made mental errors or was out of position, but has learned from his mistakes. “When I set the edge, I need to not look inside, but trust the defensive linemen that they’ll do their job, so I can do mine,” he added.

And, if the defensive line does its job, and Jenkins and his fellow linebackers do theirs—a total run-stopping effort from the Bulldogs’ front seven—look for Georgia to likely buck its recent trend of allowing some of its opposition to simply run wild.

SEC MD15: No Longer Amateurs, Leaders Represent Dogs

At SEC Media Days, Coach Richt looks for new leadership, three players in particular, for the looming 2015 season.

Hoover, Ala. — With 11 schools down and three remaining, head coach Mark Richt and Georgia’s three player representatives finally took to the podium Thursday morning during the fourth and final day of SEC Media Days.

Richt was questioned in regard to what was likely on the minds of most media members: star sophomore tailback Nick Chubb, and the Bulldogs’ quarterback situation, which remains undecided—“we have no idea who the starter is going to be,” according to Richt—despite sophomore Brice Ramsey being listed No. 1 on a recently released depth chart.

Richt was eventually asked a question which seemed so simple, yet finding an answer could be quite challenging for some: Who did the head coach expect to be the team’s leaders this season?

“[John] Theus has taken charge of the offensive front,” Richt said without hesitation. “Malcolm Mitchell has worked diligently with the receivers.” Next, Richt mentioned linebacker Jordan Jenkins, implying three of the team’s top leaders happened to be the trio which accompanied him on the trip to Alabama. Theus was the Bulldogs’ offensive representative, Jenkins for the defense, while Mitchell was the “Beyond the Field” representative, or the player with a compelling story outside of his athletic endeavors. The three anticipated team leaders for 2015 are all seniors who have combined to start a whopping 89 games for their Georgia careers.

Mitchell, who once struggled to read, but now is a prolific reader, and reads regularly to children, appeared carrying a children’s book he recently authored, The Magician’s Hat. Richt wrote the foreword to the book.

The new author, and apparently leader, was asked about his leadership qualities when working with his fellow receivers. “I tell them to be patient,” Mitchell said. “To do the best you can do, and control the things you can control.”

When giving advice to inexperienced linemen, Theus echoed Mitchell’s directive that only things which are controllable can be controlled. “I think it’s important to let [inexperienced teammates] know to control what they can control,” Theus said. “They shouldn’t concern themselves with [any hype]—good or bad. Just go out there and give it your all every day.”

Apparently, the Bulldogs, at least defensively, concerned themselves with “clutter” as defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt describes it. “We let the clutter get to us,” Jenkins claimed. “For example, we had the Todd [Gurley] situation (the departed tailback’s suspension last year, and his anticipation return to the team), and our minds immediately went to two games down the road, three games down the road [instead of the present].”

Perhaps, it’s the “clutter” which was primarily responsible for Georgia losing three games in both 2013 and 2014 when the Bulldogs entered as significant favorites of six or more points. However, according to Jenkins, Georgia has a new mindset, changing the way it will approach every game this season. Such transformation would be a true tribute to the three Bulldog players at SEC Media Days, who evidently serve roles much more than as simply team representatives.

“We’re not going to show the amateur side of us that we did [during the 2013 and 2014 seasons],” Jenkins declared. “We have a different mindset, and are more mature mentally.”

Spoken like a true leader.

UGA QB Jacob Park to Transfer

JPark1ATHENS——- University of Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Park has decided to transfer to another institution according to UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“We’ve had conversations during which we discussed all the viewpoints,” said Richt. “In the end, he feels like the opportunity for significant playing time would be better at another school. I can understand his decision, and we’ll support him in finding a good fit at another institution.”

“I want to thank Coach Richt and Georgia for the experience I’ve
had in Athens,” said Park. “I’m grateful for the opportunity but now look
forward to what’s next in my college career.”

A native of Goose Creek, S.C., and graduate of Stratford High School, he worked
mostly with the scout team in 2014 as a true freshman.

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UGA Junior WR Blake Tibbs to Transfer

Tibbs01ATHENS——University of Georgia junior wide receiver Blake Tibbs will
transfer to another institution for his final two years of eligibility
according to an announcement by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

Blake and I have met and he has decided it would be in his best interest to
transfer to another institution, said Richt. I certainly understand and
wish him nothing but the best.

Tibbs has played in 15 games over the past two years and recorded four
receptions for 43 yards.

Seventy-Four UGA Student-Athletes to Graduate Friday

ATHENS, Ga. – Seventy-four University of Georgia student-athletes will receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees Friday at the annual spring commencement exercises. The undergraduate ceremonies will be held in Sanford Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

Among the 74 UGA student-athlete graduates are 14 members of the football team, nine women’s track and field athletes, eight members of the equestrian team, seven men’s track and field athletes, six volleyball players, four members of the men’s golf team, four members of the gymnastics team, four baseball players, four men’s basketball team members, four members of the men’s tennis team, three women’s swim & and dive athletes, two soccer players, two members of the women’s basketball team, two women’s tennis players, and one softball player.

Baseball: Zachary Freeman, Communication Studies, Lake Park; Taylor Hicks, Sport Management, Statham; Brandon Stephens, Communication Studies, Marietta; Zachary Waters, Agribusiness, Woodstock.

Men’s Basketball: Nemanja Djurisic, International Affairs, Podgorica, Montenegro; Taylor Echols, Ecology, McDonough; Cameron Forte, Sociology, Tempe, Ariz.; Dusan Langura, International Affairs, Romont, Switzerland.

Women’s Basketball: Krista Donald, Sociology, Lake, Miss.; Erika Ford, Human Development & Family Science, Alpharetta.

Equestrian: Kylee Arbuckle, Accounting, Torrance, Calif.; Madison Berger, Animal & Dairy Science, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Caroline Blackshear, Sociology, St. Simons Island; Taylor Leigh Davis, Anthropology, Newborn; Morgan Justiss, Marketing, Alpharetta; Megan Southam, Exercise & Sport Science, Langley, B.C.; Paige Stawicki, Psychology & Biology, Argyle, Texas; Lauren Tieche, Risk Management & Insurance, Ocala, Fla.

Football: Sterling Bailey, History, Gainesville; Faton Bauta, Sport Management, West Palm Beach, Fla; Michael Gilliard, Communication Studies, Valdosta; Jesse Jones, International Affairs, Alto; Jackson Loonam, Management, Lexington, S.C.; Kareem Marshall, Human Development & Family Science, Grover, N.C.; Leonard Pope, Housing, Americus; Lucas Redd, Health and Physical Education, Jefferson; James Rome, History, Valdosta; Garrison Smith, History, Atlanta; Nate Theus, Human Development & Family Science, Jacksonville, Fla.; Xzavier Ward, Communication Studies, Moultrie; Danny Ware, Housing, Rockmart; Justin Wesley, History, Camilla.

Men’s Golf: Arthur DeMoss, Communication Studies, Duluth; Nicholas Reach, MIST, Moscow, Pa.; Josef Straka, Management, Valdosta; Samuel Straka, International Affairs, Valdosta.

Gymnastics: Chelsea Davis, Exercise & Sport Science/Psychology, Austin, Texas; Kaylan Earls, Communication Studies, Chicago, Ill.; Demetria Hunte, Psychology, Alpharetta; Sarah Persinger, Consumer Journalism, Mount Holly, N.C.

Soccer: Jillian Maloney, International Affairs/Political Science, Alpharetta; Carli Shultis, Sociology, McDonough.

Softball: Anna Swafford, Psychology, Dallas.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: Olivia Boggs, Accounting, Smyrna; Lauren Harrington, Digital Broadcast/Political Science, Memphis, Tenn.; Laura Ryan, Psychology, Elk River, Minn.

Men’s Tennis: Garrett Brasseaux, Finance & Real Estate, Mandeville, La.; Eric Diaz, Communication Studies, Athens; Nathan Pasha, Communication Studies, Atlanta; Hernus Pieters, Finance/Risk Management & Insurance, Pretoria, South Africa.

Women’s Tennis: Lauren Herring, Psychology & Sociology, Greenville, N.C.; Alina Jerjomina, International Business & Finance, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Men’s Track & Field: Lucas Baker, Marketing/Management, McDonough; Caleb Ebbets, Exercise & Sport Science, Leesburg; Charles Grethen, Finance, Tuntange, Luxembourg; Brendan Hoban, Turfgrass Management, Duluth; Brandon Lord, Applied Biotechnology, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Burke McCarty, Exercise & Sport Science, Dunwoody; Caleb Whitener, Political Science, Dallas.

Women’s Track & Field: Anna Bowles, Psychology, Martinez; Ann Centner, Consumer Foods, Watkinsville; Carly Hamilton, Marketing, Springboro, Ohio; Hilenn James, Housing & Consumer Economics, Trinidad and Tobago; Marrion Kalafut, Exercise & Sport Science, Acworth; Bret McDaniel, Economics, Atlanta; Nkenna Njoku, Human Development, Rex; Sarah Perry, Biology, Lawrenceville; Elizabeth Tepe, Biology, Parker, Co.

Volleyball: Jasmine Eatmon, Human Development & Family Science, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Kaylee Kehoe, Sport Management, Fayetteville; Inutiraha Le’Au, Social Work, Duarte, Calif.; Brittany Northcutt, MS – Sport Management, Greensboro, N.C.; Elena Perri, Grad School, Richland, Mich.; Gabriela Smiley, Biology, Alpharetta.

Bulldogs Conclude Spring Practices

At the close of spring practice, Coach Richt claimed three different linemen are "capable" of being the team's starting center, but none of which were "game-ready."

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs wrapped up their 2015 spring practice sessions with a two-hour, full-pads workout at Sanford Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Head coach Mark Richt delayed his post-practice media session a few minutes to take full advantage of the day and work extra with a player at a key offensive position that remains uncertain entering the fall.

“Sorry to keep you waiting, but it was really the last time we could get some work with (Brandon) Kublanow,” Richt said. “Starting tomorrow, you can’t really be coaching him. We took a little extra time after practice to help him out and give him something to work on during the offseason.

“We don’t know who the center is going to be,” Richt said. “Kublanow is capable, Isaiah Wynn is capable and Hunter Long is capable right now. Are they game-ready right this second? Probably not. Hunter is probably the most able to handle all the calls and everything going on and snap the ball consistently right this second. But there’s a lot of time between now and then for everybody to get better at the skills that they need to get better at and study the spring cutups and make sure they can make all the right calls and all that kind of stuff. Those guys will work all summer long. They’ll have a lot of 7-on-7 reps with each other. That’s one thing you can perfect in my opinion in an offseason so they should all work to get that done.”

Richt was asked which of the team’s mid-year newcomers made the biggest impact on the spring and he listed several standouts.

“It’s hard to say, but Natrez Patrick looks like he found a home (at inside linebacker),” Richt said. “I think he’s got a good body type and a good disposition to play that middle linebacker position. The young safeties (Johnathan Abram and Jarvis Wilson) have been hot and cold and making some plays. Jackson Harris I think is a guy who has got the skill set to play well and he’s learning pretty quick. He had a real solid spring. (Jonathan) Ledbetter is learning a lot. Chuks (Amaechi) and (Jake) Ganus, those guys are going to help us win, Chuks and Ganus, older guys a junior college in Chuks and Ganus coming from UAB. I think they all got a lot of solid work in.”

Early enrollee Michael Barnett missed most of the spring due to a shoulder injury.

Georgia conducted its final two spring workouts this week following last Saturday’s G-Day game. In that contest, the Black team, led by the first-team defense, secured a 24-17 victory over the Red team. Tailback A.J. Turman rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Black team offensively, while linebacker Reggie Carter registered a team-best eight tackles.

Georgia will kick off the 2015 season against Louisiana-Monroe in Athens on Sept. 5.

Black Holds Off Red On G-Day, 24-17

ATHENS—In front of a G-Day record crowd, the Black team held off the Red for a 24-17 victory in the annual spring game which was, granted, a glorified scrimmage, but one 46,815 Bulldog fans thoroughly enjoyed on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

“Georgia won today, which is good,” head coach Mark Richt said first when addressing the media following the game. “It’s so hard to try and judge what kind of a day it was when you go Georgia against Georgia while working your first, second, and third units because it’s just a lot of guys getting a lot of reps.”

The Red featured Georgia’s first-team offense, the Black the first-team defense, while the Bulldogs’ top two quarterbacks—sophomore Brice Ramsey and junior Faton Bauta—played for both squads. Quarterbacks Jacob Park and Sam Vaughn appeared solely for the Black.

The game featured a bit of excitement on the third play of the game, when first-string center sophomore Isaiah Wynn snapped the ball over Ramsey’s head back to his own 2-yard line for an 18-yard loss. Wynn, who appears to be the replacement for standout David Andrews, played the rest of the contest without any miscues.

“I just forgot about it, got my mind right, and got the ball down,” Wynn said with a chuckle regarding how he recovered from his bad snap. “I think I played pretty good [after that].”

Beginning in Red territory following a poor punt by Collin Barber, sophomore tailback A.J. Turman carried the ball on the first three plays for the Black. He capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, giving his team an early 7-0 lead. Turman finished with 106 yards on 26 carries, and averaged around 110 rushing yards this spring for the three scrimmages, including today.

“It feels good (how he has performed this spring), but I know I can do better and improve on some things,” Turman said.

Three plays after Turman’s touchdown, the Red answered when Ramsey connected with sophomore Isaiah McKenzie for a 72-yard, game-tying touchdown. McKenzie was hurt on the play, pulling a hamstring, and was still limping after the game; however, by all indications, the injury is nothing serious.

The Black retook the lead on the first play of the second quarter when Bauta avoided a sack and tossed a short pass to sophomore tight end Jordan Davis, who completed a 25-yard scoring play. For the game, Bauta completed 16 of 25 passes for 171 yards, whereas Ramsey was 5 for 9 for 174 yards.

Just before halftime, quarterback Park drove the Black into Red territory before throwing an interception corralled by true freshman Jarvis Wilson. The Red couldn’t take advantage of the turnover, however, as Marshall Morgan missed a 42-yard field goal as the first half ended.

Park finished the contest 10 of 15 passing for 92 yards, and seemingly will be Georgia’s number-three signal caller entering fall camp; however, according to Richt, nothing is for certain when it comes to his trio of quarterbacks.

“It’s still a race,” Richt said regarding the quarterback competition. “I don’t think there’s any question that it will go through the summer and fall before we make that decision on who will start the first ball game [at quarterback].”

Midway through the third quarter, Turman broke loose for a 52-yard touchdown run for his second score of the game, giving the Black a 21-7 advantage. Later in the quarter, he did lose a fumble—the second of only two combined turnovers committed by the teams.

“The offensive line has worked hard,” Turman said. “I knew my [second] touchdown was coming. [The line] blocked well and opened up a hole for me.”

Soon after Morgan kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull the Red within 11 points, 21-10, they scored again on a 17-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb. Chubb, who hardly ran the ball in Georgia’s first two scrimmages, carried three times today for 34 yards, including, and surprisingly, two rushes in the final 17 minutes of the game. He also made three receptions. Minus Turman and Chubb, the two teams combined for a lowly minus-39 rushing yards on 23 rushes due in large part to eight combined sacks.

“I’m ready for whatever; they tell me to go in, I’ll go in, to come out, I’m coming out,” Chubb said regarding his playing time this spring. “It’s whatever the coaches think. I just love playing football.”

The Black built its lead to a touchdown, 24-17, with less than a minute remaining on a 37-yard field goal by Patrick Beless. With one more shot, the Red moved the ball to near midfield in seven plays behind Bauta before turning it over on downs, clinching the victory for the Black.

Still, the main attraction for the Bulldogs on G-Day, and the player receiving the most attention from the media in the locker room, was one who played on the losing team, and touched the ball just six times. Nevertheless, for superstar Nick Chubb, as he said, he just loves playing football.

“It’s always good to get out there in front of the fans at Sanford Stadium and play with all the boys,” Chubb said.  “It’s always a great experience.