Marshall, Samuel doubtful for Georgia’s G-Day Game

semerson@macon.comApril 7, 2012 

ATHENS -- Georgia’s most visible newcomer is likely out for the spring game, and he has company on the injured list.

Tailback Keith Marshall, a freshman who enrolled in January, has missed the past week of practice with a hamstring injury, and his status for the G-Day game is now doubtful.

“I would say the chance of Keith going is probably not very good,” head coach Mark Richt said following Saturday’s scrimmage.

Also doubtful is tailback-fullback Richard Samuel, who has a concussion.

“It’s hard to say on Richard,” Richt said. “Once the symptoms are gone, we do some physical exertion. If they’re OK on that, then we get closer to being able to get in. It’s a process.

“I think Richard felt pretty good (Saturday), but I don’t know if he’s gonna be able to go through that process in enough time to make it for G-Day.”

Meanwhile, safety Shawn Williams suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s scrimmage, which Richt called non-serious.

“We think it’s a non-op situation,” Richt said, meaning no surgery required. “He’s in there (the training room) doing fine right now.”

Still, considering the state of the suspension-racked secondary, it’s hard to see the coaches letting Williams play at full speed on G-Day, even if he is fine.

Safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring) has also been out a couple days, and he is starting to look questionable for G-Day.

O-line struggling

Richt said the offense made more plays than it has during the spring, but many of the plays were geared toward letting the offense get a play off.

“It’s a little bit skewed. But, overall, it was a little better throwing and catching,” he said.

The line play is a different story. The defense and all its returning starters continue to dominate the young offensive line, which has to replace three starters.

“The offensive line is being challenged every day,” Richt said. “There still wasn’t a whole lot of room to throw the football. It did get moved a bit more through the air. The O-line still’s got a long way to go, there’s no doubt about that.”

Brown still starring

Receiver Marlon Brown had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage. Brown has yet to put it together during the season, but he has always drawn praise in the spring and preseason.

Freshman Justin Scott-Wesley (five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown) and walk-on Taylor Bradberry (four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown) also starred. The rushing game was more spotty, thanks to the lack of blocking: Ken Malcome had 29 yards on five carries and Isaiah Crowell had 23 yards on six carries.

A ‘healthy’ class

A day after the program notched three commitments, bringing its total to 12 for the 2013 class, Richt was asked about the early haul.

“Sometimes it hits faster than others, you just don’t know,” Richt said. “We’ve done a good job of getting offers out there and pursuing these guys and let them know we want them and getting them on the campus and all these things. So it’s been going good.”

Georgia believes it can sign up to 31 players next year, depending on early enrollees.

“I know we can sign as much room as we can sign backwards and forwards, so it can be a pretty healthy class,” Richt said.

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