Offense Sharp in Scrimmage Two
Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray continued to play well in live game situations, as scrimmage two was played in Athens, GA the saturday before Easter. They also both had strong showings in the first scrimmage played a week earlier. Logan Gray’s play was greatly improved from scrimmage one to two – he completed 70% of his passes and was the only QB of the three without a pick on the day.
My concern with Murray to date is that he has thrown an interception in each scrimmage, with otherwise solid numbers. My concern with Mettenberger is that he is suspended for at least the first game of the season, though he has played so well. My concern with Gray is that he played quite poorly in scrimmage one and showed very little in limited game action last season. This week’s practices and the G-DAY Game on April 10th at 2pm will leave a huge impact on the coaches, and I presume that the race will still be tight when fall practice resumes, late this summer.
I just hope we don’t end up with a QB rotation and that we do get quality play from a leader at the position. Bobo and Richt will make the right call on a starter … we hope. Over his stellar coaching career Richt has shown a propensity to, on occasion, go with less talented yet more experienced guys (the failed JT III experiment) and QB rotations (several notable examples at FSU and UGA with mixed results at best). I think one very talented guy should lead the team each year, and make no mistake about it: the QB is always the team leader on any championship-caliber football team.
Carlton Thomas compiled ninety-five yards rushing saturday, while our two-headed attack of Ealey and King nursed minor injuries. The running game looks so solid with all three guys capable and playing behind a deep, veteran line and powerful stud fullbacks.
Kris Durham was the big offensive stud on the day at scrimmage two with three touchdown grabs. He may be that true complementary receiver to A.J. Green that we sorely missed last season. Marlon Brown, Durham and A.J. are all tall wideouts – which could be to our advantage when they line up in three receiver sets. Even the shortest opposing defensive back would then have to face a tall athlete. That’s if Brown can really crack the lineup for more than a game like last season. He must have been a poor practice player, because we finally played him enough in the pathetic blowout loss to Tennessee to yank his redshirt and then never saw him again. Tavarres King got the starts last season and showed a few flashes of his potential; Rantavious Wooten made a couple big plays in games last season and may be ready to shine; Israel Troupe is another young talent that may blossom. Someone (or two or three) must step up and play consistently strong. If they do, A.J. will be utterly unstoppable on his way to leaving early for the NFL.
At tight end we are gifted and ready to break out: Orson Charles and Aron White are dangerous receiving weapons, and Bruce Figgins and Arthur Lynch are capable of creating a deep and diverse rotation.
The real question on offense is who will lead the unit, but the biggest team question mark is how well the defense will perform. They were moved on and scored on by our stellar offensive talent in scrimmage two and must step it up for us to compete at the highest level.