Georgia Football: Week 4 Spring Practice Stock Report
The G-Day game is a week from Saturday, which means the Bulldogs had some work to do this week in terms of getting some on-the-field action.
The Bulldogs held their first spring scrimmage on Tuesday, and just like any scrimmage, there was some good along with some bad.
Some players who needed to step up did, and head coach Mark Richt was well aware of them. A few other players did not have the game they would have liked, but they have a chance to correct the mistakes they made when the Bulldogs have another scrimmage this Saturday.
Here’s the Bulldogs' spring practice Week 4 stock report.
Rising: QB Hutson Mason
Hutson Mason did not have a stellar spring scrimmage, but his numbers were solid to say the least.
The junior quarterback threw for 186 yards, one touchdown and one interception with the first-team offense.
Mason took snaps with the first team because Aaron Murray did not take part in the spring scrimmage. He was in Atlanta to receive an award.
Picks are never a good thing, but Mason was not the only quarterback to fall victim to interceptions (that topic will come later).
Richt said the Mason did a nice job and is very capable of running the show if his number is called.
Mason does not back down from a challenge either, as he got into a scuffle with linebacker Amarlo Herrera during the scrimmage.
Rising: RB Keith Marshall
After missing the first part of spring practice with a hamstring injury, running back Keith Marshall looked as healthy as he ever has during the scrimmage.
Marshall led all running backs with 71 yards on 11 carries.
Richt said that there was no reason why Marshall got more carries than Todd Gurley other than the offense was in more pass situations.
Another possible reason Marshall got more carries than Gurley is the coaches wanted to see if his hamstring is 100 percent. Regardless, Marshall and Gurley have had strong spring practices and show no signs of slowing down.
Rising: S Tray Matthews
One of the early enrollees who impressed coaches was safety Tray Matthews.
This is not a surprise to anyone because Matthews has impressed coaches since he arrived in Athens.
Matthews finished the scrimmage with four tackles and one pass breakup. Two of the tackles were in the open field against Marshall.
Matthews is looking to take a starting safety spot and could win the job, since he played with the first team during the scrimmage and looked outstanding, according to his teammates.
Falling: Backup Quarterbacks
While Mason, Marshall and Matthews looked sharp, other players have room for improvement, specifically the backup quarterbacks.
Christian LeMay was 1-of-11 for 13 yards, Brice Ramsey threw three interceptions, and Parker Welch was 5-of-10 with one pick.
The quarterbacks were not helped by the numerous drops by receivers and the uncooperative weather.
The numbers for the reserve quarterbacks should improve the next time the Bulldogs scrimmage, but if Murray or Mason go down with an injury, Bulldogs fans will not be happy.
Falling: J.J. Green
Another player who did not have a great spring scrimmage was athlete J.J. Green.
In his first college scrimmage, Green rushed for only six yards on six carries.
Green was recruited as a cornerback/wide receiver but had to play running back because of injuries to the other backs early this spring.
Once the running back position is at full strength, Green will play receiver and cornerback. But he did not impress as a running back in his first scrimmage with the Bulldogs.
Holding Steady: DE Ray Drew
The expectations are high for Ray Drew. He was sensational as a high school player a couple of years ago.
The defensive end is slated to start this year and has looked solid throughout spring practice.
Drew had three tackles, two sacks and one tackle for loss in Tuesday’s scrimmage.
Drew wants to help the team win anyway he can. He knows what is expected of him this year, and his play on the field is showing that he is ready to take the next step.