Georgia’s football team trekked out to Sanford Stadium in full pads Wednesday morning for a two-hour scrimmage.
Most of the questions surrounding this team during the preseason revolve around the offensive line and running backs, but coach Mark Richt seemed to be pleased with how both units performed under the hot summer sun.
"I thought the running backs ran well," said Richt. "They have a physical edge to them, and it was good to get out there in the scrimmage and see that. I feel better about how we will be able to run the football after seeing our backs today and how the offensive line and tight ends blocked."
Running back Isaiah Crowell, the jewel of Richt’s 2010 recruiting class, was one of the most productive players during the scrimmage, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Behind him, junior Richard Samuel, who moved from linebacker back to running back during the offseason, carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards.
However, the defense still stood out to Richt.
"In the first half, the offense had very little success as we defended well," he said. "In the second half, we ran more situational plays, and the offense had more success, like in the red zone. However, the number one defense had a very good goal line stand at the end."
Sophomore linebacker Alec Ogletree, who moved from safety this spring, had a team-high eight tackles, while fellow linebackers Michael Gilliard and Amarlo Herrera both registered seven. Herrera also drew praise for his 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones showed off his tremendous pass-rushing skills by recording a team-high three sacks to go along wit his six tackles.
The defending champs also completed a scrimmage out in the midday heat Wednesday. Auburn ran a 70-plus-play scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, and coach Gene Chizik was pleased with some of the big plays made by the offense.
"We did some good things today on both sides of the football," Chizik said. "The offense was able to generate a few explosive plays and conversely, the defense was able to force some turnovers and do some good things."
There were no stats from Wednesday’s scrimmage, but tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen said the offense had more points. Also, quarterbacks Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier split reps just about evenly.
Moseley confirmed to the media that he threw a touchdown as well.
"Today was fast and it was physical and it was hot," Chizik said. "I thought they handled it well. Overall the effort was good. It will be our first good evaluation with good, live reps. This will be a good teaching tape."