Georgia’s regulars storm back to beat scout team

semerson@macon.comAugust 24, 2011 

ATHENS -- It wasn’t the perfect simulation. The reserves and walk-ons who comprise the Georgia football team certainly can’t mimic No. 5 Boise State.

But the “practice game” Wednesday still basically signified the end of preseason camp and the beginning of full preparation for the Bulldogs’ critical season opener.

The good news for the Bulldogs is their first- and second-teamers dominated their reserves, who were acting as the team’s first opponent in the one-half simulation at Sanford Stadium.

Head coach Mark Richt started out by giving “Boise State” a 31-0 lead. Georgia’s first and second-teamers roared back to win 38-34 on the final drive.

“The reason is because usually when you do these scrimmages, Georgia should do well against the scout team,” Richt said. “So if you just go 0-0 it might be 38-3. There’s no drama, there’s no sense of urgency at the end of the half, which was the end of the game.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray said it was the best scrimmage the offense had so far.

“I think it goes back to summer preparation. Guys have been watching film since June and July, they have a pretty good grasp on Boise already,” Murray said. “Now that coaches are installing the game plan, guys know it pretty well and feel comfortable with what Boise’s doing defensively.”

The media was not allowed to view the scrimmage. But a few notes about the team’s depth chart emerged:

Isaiah Crowell (credited with 50 yards on six carries) did well, while redshirt freshman Ken Malcome (61 yards on 11 carries) is finally giving a push to former walk-on Brandon Harton (26 yards on five carries) for the third tailback spot.

Junior Richard Samuel, who missed the scrimmage with a left quad injury, is still just ahead of Crowell in the pecking order.

“Malcome had some extremely tough runs,” Murray said. “There’s a few where you thought he was down and he broke up for three or four more yards. Little Hart looked awesome, he caught a pass and I think he took it for about 60 yards. So he looked pretty impressive too. All the running backs did too.”

Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams got the majority of snaps at safety, according to cornerback Brandon Boykin. Each had an interception.

Missing from the stats, and the first-team discussion, was junior Bacarri Rambo, who started every game last year. Rambo’s starting status has emerged as a big question mark, and he has not been made available to the media so far in the preseason.

Meanwhile, sophomore Jordan Love is the nickel corner, and while the Bulldogs don’t have many four-cornerback dime packages, Damian Swann is the fourth corner.

“It’s still a lot of young players who are showing what they can do,” Boykin said.

Notable players who missed the scrimmage with injuries: Nose tackle John Jenkins (hamstring), fullback Bruce Figgins (hamstring), Malcolm Mitchell (leg muscle.)

“There’s not one guy right now that we think ... would have an injury that would keep him from playing (on Sept. 3),” Richt said.

Charles on Miami scandal

Tight end Orson Charles was a minor character in the Yahoo! Sports report on Miami’s football program two weeks ago. Charles was reported to have visited notorious booster Nevin Shapiro’s home while he was being recruited.

“Not a lot,” Charles answered when asked how much he remembered the booster. “A lot of it’s a blur to me because it was going into my junior year. But yeah I don’t remember too much.”

Charles was cleared by Georgia and the NCAA the morning after the story broke.

“Claude and them told me I can’t really comment on that, because it’s not about Georgia,” Charles said, referring to associated athletics director for communications Claude Felton. “I’m focused on Boise State, and I’m with Georgia. I’m happy everything got resolved. I didn’t get in trouble, nobody really got in trouble, Georgia didn’t get in any trouble. I’m just ready to move forward.”

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