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Georgia still working on center position

ATHENS -- On the second play of Saturday’s G-Day game, Isaiah Wynn showed he still has some work to do.

Setting up on his own 20-yard line, Wynn fired his snap over quarterback Brice Ramsey’s outstretched arms, resulting in an 18-yard loss and the ball being placed at the 2-yard line.

“That snap was kind of what it looked like (in) Week 1,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said.

Wynn, who had never played center until a few weeks ago, has been Georgia’s starting center in each of its scrimmages. Other than the one hiccup, the sophomore played a strong game Saturday.

After competing at guard last season, Wynn moved over to center at the beginning of spring practice and has been competing with Hunter Long, among others, during the spring.

Despite earning the starting nod Saturday, the sophomore knows he still has a lot of work to do.

“Communication and having to snap the ball (have been my biggest adjustments),” Wynn said.

Other than Wynn and Long, the Bulldogs have also been working in starting guard Brandon Kublanow at the position. Georgia is seeking a replacement for three-year starter David Andrews.

“Obviously we need to get sharper in that area,” Richt said. “We are going to work Kublanow some and make sure we have at least three guys that can do it. Hunter Long worked some with the ones and twos. He was kind of a calming effect for the two units. Isaiah is kind of like those quarterbacks. Has the talent base, the skill set, needs the experience.”

TURMAN CARRIES RUSHING ATTACK

Nick Chubb was not the most productive running back for Georgia on Saturday.

Those might be shocking words to Georgia fans on a typical fall Saturday, but it’s the spring, and that means Chubb didn’t see a lot of action. The rising sophomore had just three carries for 34 yards, but he did find himself in a familiar situation when crossing the goal line after a 17-yard carry.

“Coach’s decision, can’t go against Coach,” Chubb said. “I got in there on third downs and was able to get in there and get some plays. It hurts seeing your friends and boys out there playing and you just have to watch, but I know it’s their decision.”

Instead of Chubb, it was A.J. Turman who led the way for the Bulldogs on the ground. The third-year sophomore has battled injuries in his first two years in Athens, but he is finally healthy and able to compete.

Turman finished the game with 26 rushes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, including a 52-yard touchdown run.

“It felt real good. It felt like I was back in high school,” Turman said.

High school is the most recent game action that Turman has seen, but he ran like someone who could add some depth to the running back position in the fall.

“I think A.J. is a very good running back,” Chubb said. “He runs so hard and is a very powerful runner. I’m happy for him. He has had a hard two years and is finally healthy, and I look forward to seeing him play this fall.”

MARSHALL OUT, MCKENZIE INJURED

The Bulldogs are notably limited at wide receiver this spring, and the depth got even thinner Saturday.

Following a 72-yard touchdown catch, sophomore Isaiah McKenzie came up grabbing his right hamstring and did not return. There was no prognosis on how long he might be out, but Richt was disappointed to see another receiver go down.

“We are just very, very thin at receiver right now,” he said. “We were very thin when the spring began, we are thinner now, and that’s the one position that you can’t really be short on numbers.”

Running back Keith Marshall has been dealing with a hamstring injury of his own this spring, but he was practicing in a full-contact red jersey this past week. Heading into Saturday, it was unknown whether he would play, but the running back did not dress out.

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