The Georgia Bulldogs played their annual G-Day spring football game on Saturday, with the Red team earning a 27-24 victory over the Black squad between the hedges at Sanford Stadium.
Highlights of the action can be found on GeorgiaDogs.com:
Fans were able to get their first glimpse of the 2014 UGA football team and did not come away disappointed. A number of players made their debut for the Bulldogs, while plenty of others stepped up into new starting roles.
The complete depth charts for each team can be found here, courtesy of The Red & Black.
No player had more pressure to perform on G-Day than Hutson Mason, the Red team quarterback who guided his side to a win with a sterling performance.
The 22-year-old threw for 188 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-25 passing in one half of play, a statline that Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report tweeted out:
Mason: 17-of-25 for 188 yards and 1 TD in the first half for Georgia.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 12, 2014
One of those touchdown passes went to senior Michael Bennett, who made a spectacular grab to put points on the board:
Bulldawg Illustrated pointed out that Bennett’s one-on-one battles with sophomore cornerback Shaq Wiggins were one of the highlights of this game:
Mason, a redshirt senior, has been patiently waiting in the wings for four years and finally has his chance to take over for Aaron Murray as a full-time starter. He’s surrounded by weapons and could carry the Dawgs to a national title for the first time since 1980.
The players are working hard to accomplish that goal, and head coach Mark Richt revealed that he is getting on their cases to show improvement, as per Tim Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “We’re pushing them hard,” he said. “And most of them are getting better.”
The future looks quite bright for Georgia beyond this coming season, as Faton Bauta showed off his skills and wound up as the top passer in the contest. The redshirt sophomore had a big day, showing the dual-threat skills that will make him extremely dangerous when he finally gets on the field.
Bauta was vying for the No. 2 job on the depth chart and might have earned it after passing for 231 yards and earning another 39 yards on the ground.
Fans turned out in droves to watch their team, a spectacular showing you can see courtesy of Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald and fan Noel Couch:
The scene about 10 minutes before G-Day gets underway. pic.twitter.com/LrLPeIxLoi— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) April 12, 2014
Darren Rovell of ESPN noted that the official attendance number was 46,073, by far the highest of any spring game played this year:
Spring game attendance so far: Georgia (46,073), S. Carolina (36,412) Louisville (27,500), Texas Tech (19,500), LSU (18,565).— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 12, 2014
Georgia football’s official Twitter informed us that it was the biggest crowd in G-Day history:
Considering the Masters were being played at nearby Augusta National, it’s an even more impressive turnout. Fortunately, the organizers of this game put a live feed of the prestigious major on the big screen at the stadium.
Sallee posted a photo of the crowd erupting for a Bubba Watson eagle:
Leaving The Masters up during the G Day game as Bubba eagles. pic.twitter.com/R8Zj1nTdkg— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 12, 2014
Will Georgia win the SEC in 2014?
It was a fitting end to a great game that has the Bulldogs set up for success in 2014. This team has plenty of talent and a lot of weapons, many of which were on display during G-Day.
Make sure you keep an eye on the Dawgs as they look to make a surge back to the top of the SEC this coming campaign.