Scrimmage in the Books
A year ago, a big question mark in Athens was the running backs. Richard Samuel was hurt and Caleb King was in the spotlight. By fall practice, Samuel was shining in scrimmages and King was struggling, unprepared to lead. We started the season with Samuel, and he did not produce when the real lights came on. He’s on defense now. That reminds me not to put too much stock in scrimmage stats. After Washaun Ealey emerged as a feature back near mid-season, King began to finally show why GEORGIA had so valued him as a recruit. On a shared grand total of fifteen carries in saturday’s scrimmage, King had 79 yards and Ealey had 64 yards. Very solid.
Here’s hoping the new UGA QBs don’t struggle like our now fully-built running game did early last year.
Playing in his third spring, Logan Gray played like he may be destined for third string. He completed under 50% of his passes for a notably low total of 37 yards, with an interception. Conversely, Mettenberger hit Wooten for a 65-yard strike and had a great day with 157 yards and one touchdown; 70% of his passes were completed. Aaron Murray had a decent showing with solid completion numbers and tallied 125 yards, including a pick and a 40-yard touchdown to the greatest receiver to wear the Red and Black, AJ GREEN. Ball security and completion percentage will be THE key stats in the contest for starting QB. Give Mettenberger the nod on the day, and Logan Gray with the most to prove. Logan really can’t afford another poor scrimmage as the competition heats up in this tight three-player race. Zach Mettenberger will be suspended for at least the first game of the season on an underage drinking and fake ID charge. The remaining scrimmages will be crucial to the evaluation process for Coaches Bobo and Richt.
Three total scrimmages will be played by UGA this spring. The G-Day Game is at 2pm on April 10th in Sanford Stadium. Free Event.