It was a busy weekend in the Dawg Nation. No, you didn't miss the season opener. The Dawgs are still hard at work preparing for the 2009 season. But they did scrimmage again on Saturday night in Athens.
Two former Dawgs, also made their NFL debuts with mixed results. Matthew Stafford took to the field in Detroit, as the Lions hosted the Falcons. Knowshon Moreno also made his debut with the Denver Broncos.
Here is a quick recap to catch you up on those two debuts, and Georgia's latest scrimmage.
Stafford took to the field in his first NFL preseason game about halfway through the second quarter. His first pass zipped twenty yards down the field and hit WR Keary Colbert right in the hands. He dropped it. A few plays later, Colbert dropped another nice pass. No word on whether or not Colbert is still a Lion today...
Stafford showed that he is indeed a rookie when he tried to throw off his back foot out into the right flat. Former Bulldog, Tony Gilbert welcomed Matthew to the NFL as he picked off the errant throw and returned it 42 yards for a TD. Lesson learned.
Stafford would redeem himself on the next drive. He would lead the Lions down the field and into Falcon's territory. The end result of the drive was a nice 25 yard TD pass to WR Derrick Williams.
Stafford would finish the day with decent stats, connecting on seven of 14 passes for 114 yards. All in all a decent start for the number one pick in the draft.
Not much to report here. Unfortunately Knowshon would have his night end after only three carries. Moreno went down with what would be diagnosed as a sprained MCL. He is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Moreno should be ready for the regular season opener.
The stats show three carries, 18 yards. Not a great start. Hopefully the injury will be just a minor setback and Knowshon will be Knowshon once the season starts.
Saturday night scrimmage in Athens
Saturday's scrimmage was moved to Saturday night. It is August after all. The stats from this one were not as gaudy as those from earlier in the week, but several players continued to make their case for starting spots.
Running Backs—Caleb King was injured and did not play. This continues to be a frustrating topic for Georgia fans. In action on the field, both Carlton Thomas and Richard Samuel continued to run well. Thomas finished with 90 yards on six carries. Samuel contributed 55 yards on 13 carries, with a TD.
Quarterbacks—Both Logan Gray and Aaron Murray looked good when playing with the first team. Gray was six of eight for 91 yards. Murray was five of nine for 95 yards, including a 53 yard pass to Rantavious Wooten. Joe Cox is the obvious No. 1 at this point. For UGA fans success for Joe Cox should result in a successful season for the Dawgs.
The Defense—According to Coach Richt, the first team defense came close to "mauling" the second team offense. That could be good news or bad.
There were plenty of sacks to be found. Roderick Battle continued his strong start, with another two-and-a-half sacks. Freshman Montez Robinson also had two. Junior CB Vance Cuff also forced a fumble and intercepted a pass to lead the defense.
The Dawgs will be back at it this week preparing for the opener in Stillwater.
Here's wishing Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno great rookie seasons. Hopefully this will also be a season to remember for Dawgs!!