Georgia Football 2013 Spring Game: Live Analysis, Notes and Recap
Welcome to Bleacher Report's live blog of the 2013 Georgia Football spring game. Red team will be the first-team offense and the second team defense, while the Black team will be the first-team defense with the second-team offense.
Black Team 23 - Red Team 17 FINAL
The Black team dug itself quite a hole, giving up an easy touchdown to the Red team to open the game. But the first-team defense tightened up for the Bulldogs, as Todd Grantham's Black team came back from a 17-7 deficit to take a 23-17 victory at G-Day.
Aaron Murray with two touchdowns passes in the first half, including a nice little 5-yard back shoulder throw to Rhett McGowan got the Bulldogs in the end zone with under a minute to play. Despite giving up 17 points, Georgia's first team defense has looked strong.
Defensive linemen Ray Drew and Chris Mayes were all over Murray, and inside linebacker Ramik Wilson made several open field tackles to impress the 45,113 fans at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Back from the locker room, and got some good quotes from the players and coaches. Here's my postgame column on Georgia's defense, which looked good on Saturday between the hedges.
That will do it from Athens. Black team takes the win at G-Day. Headed down to the field for postgame quotes, and keep it locked to B/R for postgame analysis.
FINAL Black team 23 - Red team 17
Thomas Pritchard with a 33-yard field goal to extend the Black team's lead. Quite a comeback for Todd Grantham's crew. If you had money on Black team laying points...well...you have an issue.
Black Team 23 - Red Team 17 with 1:36 to play.
Keith Marshall was just chased out of bounds short of the marker on 4th and 4. Safety Tray Matthews and linebacker Jordan Jenkins were in the vicinity, but he needs to put his head down and get that first down.
The Black team settles for a Patrick Beless 29-yard field goal to give them a 20-17 over the Red team. Solid drive led by backup quarterback Hutson Mason.
Black Team 20 - Red Team 17 with 8:00 to play.
All the reports said that defensive end Ray Drew was unblockable, and he was on that play. He and defensive tackle Chris Mayes were in the backfield with the snap as they sacked backup quarterback Hutson Mason.
Despite the sack, Mason is leading the Black team down the field. They're in field goal range mid-way through the fourth.
Sack numbers are a bit sketchy since quarterbacks aren't live, but it looked like outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins was one of several Bulldog defenders to get in there and sack Murray as time expired in the third quarter. Whoever gets credit for it, there were several people in the vicinity.
Red team 17 - Black team 17 end of the third quarter.
Murray back in at quarterback, and promptly completes a back shoulder fade on third down to Chris Conley, who had been nursing a hamstring injury. Looks like one more series for the first-team offense against the first team defense. Bulldogs going with the hurry-up offense this drive.
Ramik Wilson with another fantastic stop, coming across the line of scrimmage and tackling running back Keith Marshall for a short gain. Wilson is having quite a game.
Ramik Wilson just came in untouched and would have blown Christian LeMay up had quarterbacks been live. Wilson is a likely starter at the other middle linebacker spot opposite Amarlo Herrera for the Bulldogs in 2013.
Georgia has options at nose guard. John Taylor just made a nice stop on Brandon Harton, and they also could use Mike Thornton or John Atkins there. In a pinch, Garrison Smith could move over from defensive end in an emergency.
Adam Erickson with a 19-yard field goal for the Black team and we are tied at 17 here at Sanford Stadium. First-team defense still out there for Georgia.
Red team 17 - Black team 17 with 6:08 to go in the third quarter
Parker Welch to Jonathan Rumph for a long 48-yard TD down the near sideline. Rumph came to play here in the spring game, which is a good sign for the Bulldogs. He had plenty of options on where to go out of junior college.
Red Team 17 - Black Team 14 with 10:02 to play in the third quarter.
Passing: Murray - 8-of-12 for 91 yards and two touchdowns, Mason 10-of-19 for 62 yards and one touchdown, LeMay 0-of-1
Rushing: Gurley 4-25, Green 3-12, Karempelis 1-29, Mason 9-33, Harton 8-4
Receiving: McGowan 3-55-1, Green 3-12, Scott-Wesley 2-53-1, Erdman 4-27, Rome 2-12, Rumph 2-25-1
HALFTIME: Red Team 17 - Black Team 7
Announced attendance here at Sanford Stadium for G-Day is 45,113. That's just a bit generous, I think.
Aaron Murray back in to lead the one-minute drive, and he promptly completes three straight passes for a touchdown. A nice little 5-yard back shoulder throw to Rhett McGowan got the Bulldogs in the end zone.
Red Team 17 - Black Team 7 with 0:33 to play in the second quarter.
Touchdown! Black team quarterback Hutson Mason to junior college transfer Jonathan Rumph for a 20-yard touchdown over the middle. Rumph could be a big contributor for the Bulldogs in 2013.
Red Team 10 - Black Team 7 with 0:54 to play in the second quarter.
The Black team has a nice little drive going on the heels of a long run by quarterback Hutson Mason. Mason then hit Jay Rome on a 4th-and-5 from the 30-yard line to keep the drive going. He had tight end Jay Rome for a sure touchdown, but Rome dropped the pass at the 5-yard line.
Christian LeMay now in at quarterback for the Red team (first-team offense). It looks like Aaron Murray's day could be done. Interested to see what LeMay, who was a hot-shot prospect in the class of 2011 out of Matthews, N.C., can do with this first-team offense.
Probably not the spring game showing Murray wanted, but he'll be fine this fall when all of his top targets are healthy.
Red Team 10 - Black Team 0 with 8:30 to go in the second quarter.
Marshall Morgan 32-yard field goal for the red team after a drive stalls. The first-team offense looked better there, but there's still some work to do. First-team defense still looks strong overall.
And there's our first good Tray Matthews sighting. The early enrollee just got flipped upside down on a block on a screen pass, got up, and made the tackle for no gain. That's the kind of stuff we've been hearing about from Matthews all spring.
He then followed it up with a pass breakup in the end zone. Good things in store for Matthews.
The first-team defense is all over quarterback Aaron Murray, but it isn't just protection. His timing as been off with his wide receivers all day. With Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Conley out, that's understandable.
End of the First Quarter: Red Team 7 - Black Team 0
After a hot start, Georgia's first-team offense has looked terrible. The first-team defense has been harassing Aaron Murray ever since the first drive of the game.
Backup QB Hutson Mason's pass tipped and picked off by linebacker Reggie Carter. Mason forced that one a bit. Mason is probably going to be the No. 2 quarterback, but he needs to make better decisions.
Josh Harvey-Clemons with a nice shoestring tackle on Keith Marshall for a loss on 2nd and 5. Harvey-Clemons will be interesting to watch this season. He's listed as a safety, but probably could drop down and play a hybrid linebacker role. He will be a big part of Georgia's effort to fix the run defense.
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