Mark Richt says his team played "pretty good" in a Wednesday scrimmage — but that "pretty good" will not get his Bulldogs the sort of season that lives up to their lofty preseason expectations, according to Seth Emerson at The (Macon) Telegraph.
"Like I told the team, I thought we looked like a pretty good team. But you know, pretty good’s about 8-4," Richt said. "Maybe 9-3 if you’re lucky. But we’d like to do better than 8-4. And that’s about how we played (Wednesday)."
One of the factors that may have Richt a bit pessimistic on Georgia's chances? His offense's casual approach to ball security. Georgia quarterbacks threw three interceptions on Wednesday, and each of the four quarterbacks to take a snap fumbled the ball. Aaron Murray, Georgia's incumbent starter and one of the best signal-callers in the nation, had both a pick and a fumble.
Georgia's freshman running backs, however, were stellar, with Todd Gurley running for 87 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and Keith Marshall picking up 62 yards on five carries. If either or both can provide the production of dismissed tailback Isaiah Crowell, Georgia could be better than pretty good on the ground.