Georgia Football: Week 2 Fall Practice Stock Report
The second week of fall camp for the Georgia Bulldogs is in the books and it was a crucial week in terms of getting ready for the season opener against Clemson.
Wednesday was the most important day for the Bulldogs because they held their second preseason scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. It was the scrimmage where coaches would evaluate afterwards and determine which players will see action in the game against Clemson.
There were a few players that stood out in the scrimmage. Those players needed to play well in order to gain the confidence of the coaches. There were also a few players that did not perform as well as they would have liked, and they will have some work to do moving forward.
Here’s the Week 2 fall practice stock report for the Bulldogs.
Stock Up: Aaron Murray/Hutson Mason
Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason are together on this slide because both played well during the second scrimmage of camp while working with the first team.
Murray threw for 173 yards and one score while Mason threw for 109 yards and one touchdown.
The offense is expected to be much better than what it was last season, but it will take time for the unit to come together despite having the same personnel as last year.
After a sluggish performance in the first scrimmage, Murray and Mason are starting to get back into the groove, and they should do even better in the third and final scrimmage of camp.
Stock Up: Brendan Douglas
If there was an offensive MVP of the scrimmage, it could have gone to freshman running back Brendan Douglas.
With a seven-carry, 50-yard performance, Douglas led all rushers in the scrimmage.
Even though Douglas was working with the second-team offense, the group was going against the first-team defense, and Richt loved the way Douglas ran the ball and pass protect.
It will be hard for Douglas to see a lot of playing time because of the Todd Gurley-Keith Marshall duo, but if he continues to perform in practice, he will get his share of carries this season.
Stock Up: Josh Harvey-Clemons
The standout on defense during the scrimmage was the one player that will not play in the opener against Clemson, Josh Harvey-Clemons.
The sophomore led all defenders with seven tackles and three passes defended.
Harvey-Clemons is expected to play strong safety when he gets back from his suspension, but he has also been getting work at linebacker during camp.
With the scrimmage this week being an opportunity for coaches to evaluate and see who will play where to start the season, don’t be surprised if Harvey-Clemons plays some linebacker when the Bulldogs go against South Carolina the week following the Clemson game.
Stock Down: Christian LeMay/Brice Ramsey
While Murray and Mason looked sharp in the scrimmage, backups Christian LeMay and Brice Ramsey were anything but.
LeMay went 1-of-5 for five yards while Ramsey went 3-of-11 for 65 yards and one interception.
This is the second consecutive week where both LeMay and Ramsey did not look efficient. Richt is not that disappointed, though, because he said it’s tough for the No. 2 offense and to go up against the No. 1 defense, which was the case in the scrimmage.
But both players have to step up the rest of camp, especially LeMay, who could potentially be the backup QB next season.
Stock Down: John Theus
John Theus was the talk of Athens last year and his play was the reason he was named to the Freshman All-American team.
Now there is a chance that he won’t make the starting lineup this season as he was listed as the No. 2 right tackle behind Xzavier Ward before the start of camp.
During camp, Theus has been alternating with Kolton Houston at the first and second-team right tackle spot. If Houston continues to get stronger and faster each time he steps on the field, Theus could be in a world of trouble when the season begins at the end out August.