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There was plenty to be excited about after G-Day, but a thin offensive line and big (if temporary) holes in the secondary could still stand between the Dawgs and a second straight trip to the Dome.
Aaron Murray's spot as the No. 1 quarterback is as secure as a Masterlock. However, the No. 2 quarterback position is much less secure. Christian LeMay has been projected to take the No. 2 spot but is battling stiff competition from Hutson Mason and walk-on Parker Welch.
LeMay finished 7 of 10 passing for 154 yards with a touchdown and interception in his latest and greatest scrimmage, but his battles with consistency is a concern for the Georgia Bulldogs coaching staff. LeMay's biggest critic, his offensive coordinator Mike Bobo:
"Right now there isn’t any decision about who’s going to be the backup. LeMay’s come a million miles from last year. …He shows flashes, but we’ve got to become more consistent."
The life and times of the SEC can mean that your quarterback could be down for the count at any given moment, and if Murray goes down then Mark Richt would love to have a signal caller to lean on who can keep an emerging offense calm under pressure. Christian LeMay, your time is now.
Many expected Georgia's defense to dominate the annual G-Day game that brings an end to spring practice but the Bulldogs' offense was up to the task on Saturday and the Red team survived a failed two-point conversion late to hold on for a 32-31 win.
There were standout performances and big plays on both sides of the ball. Injuries and upcoming suspensions forced the focus to many backup players who will likely see their first extensive action in a Bulldogs' uniform this season. Ray Drew had a couple of sacks in the game from the defensive end position and linebacker Ramik Wilson finished with seven tackles and an interception.
Offensively Justin Scott-Wesley looked like a factor at the wide receiver position catching three passes for 46 yards and tight end Jay Rome made a huge play late for the Black team as he hauled in a 66 yard touchdown pass.
Running back Ken Malcome drew praise from the coaches after the game for his eight carry, 32 yard two touchdown day. Isaiah Crowell alternated first half series with Malcome and finished with 10 carries and 39 yards. More importantly he wrapped up spring healthy and without controversy.
Georgia's quarterback situation looked pretty good with Aaron Murray sharp and Hutson Mason looking like a more than capable backup. Mason would likely only play this season if there was a serious injury to Murray as the reported plan is for him to redshirt. That will elevate Christian LeMay to the backup slot for this season and he didn't disappoint on Saturday throwing for 154 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia's spring practice was filled with more than enough drama with reported suspensions to Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo looming. There is a long wait between now and fall practice and Bulldogs fans everywhere could live with a quiet summer.
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Georgia's annual G-Day game will take place on Saturday at 3pm and is full of story lines as the team ends spring practice.
Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), QB Faton Bauta (knee), TB Keith Marshall (hammy) are also out. Richard Samuel (concussion) may play.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) April 12, 2012
As previously rumored, the red team will feature the first-team offense and defensive backups, while the black team will consist of the first-team defensive and offensive backups.
While Keith Marshall and Richard Samuel are doubtful to play, they have been listed on each roster.
Courtesy of Dog Bytes Online, here are the rosters for this year's G-Day game:
No. Name Pos. Class Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
1 Branden Smith DB Sr. 5-11 176 Atlanta, Ga.
2 Parker Welch QB RSo. 6-3 204 Jesup, Ga.
4 Keith Marshall RB Fr. 5-11 202 Raleigh, N.C.
5 Damian Swann DB So. 5-11 177 Atlanta, Ga.
6 Michael Erdman WR RSo. 5-10 191 Merritt Island, Fla.
6 John Jenkins DL Sr. 6-3 351 Meriden, Conn.
7 Greg Bingham QB RSo. 6-4 223 Columbus, Ga.
9 Alec Ogletree ILB Jr. 6-3 236 Newnan, Ga.
9 Curtis Wyatt WR RSo. 6-1 195 Locust Grove, Ga.
10 Faton Bauta QB Fr. 6-3 222 West Palm Beach, Fla.
16 Christian Lemay QB RFr. 6-2 198 Matthews, N.C.
17 Rantavious Wooten WR Jr. 5-10 185 Belle Glade, Fla.
18 Bacarri Rambo DB Sr. 6-0 218 Donalsonville, Ga.
19 Sanders Commings DB Sr. 6-2 217 Augusta, Ga.
20 Brandon Harton RB Jr. 5-6 174 Reidsville, Ga.
23 Alex Parsons RB Jr. 5-10 194 Fayetteville, Ga.
25 Rhett McGowan WR Jr. 6-0 190 Calhoun, Ga.
26 Malcolm Mitchell DB So. 6-1 184 Valdosta, Ga.
29 Jarvis Jones OLB Jr. 6-3 241 Columbus, Ga.
29 Jamal Payette WR RFr. 6-3 183 Cleveland, Ga.
33 Kyle Karempelis RB So. 5-9 180 Roswell, Ga.
33 Chase Vasser OLB Jr. 6-3 227 Gainesville, Ga.
35 Michael Gilliard ILB Sr. 6-2 220 Valdosta, Ga.
35 Chris Young RB Jr. 6-1 230 Hinesville, Ga.
36 Shawn Williams DB Sr. 6-1 220 Damascus, Ga.
37 Devin Bowman DB RFr. 6-0 175 Rossville, Ga.
42 Dustin Royston RB Jr. 5-11 242 Royston, Ga.
45 Ben Mozingo RB Fr. 6-0 225 Alpharetta, Ga.
49 Corey Campbell RB RSo. 5-10 210 Hephzibah, Ga.
55 Ben Reynolds OL Jr. 6-2 255 Bainbridge, Ga.
59 Nathan Theus SP RFr. 6-3 254 Jacksonville, Fla.
63 Xzavier Ward OL RFr. 6-7 264 Moultrie, Ga.
66 Hunter Long OL So. 6-4 300 Memphis, Tenn.
70 Eddie McQuillen OL RFr. 6-8 264 Newnan, Ga.
74 Austin Long OL Jr. 6-5 304 Memphis, Tenn.
76 Zach DeBell OL RFr. 6-6 273 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
77 Caleb Drake OL RFr. 6-1 275 Hogansville Ga.
78 Watts Dantzler OL So. 6-7 310 Dalton, Ga.
79 Mark Beard OL So. 6-5 300 Adamsville, Ala.
81 Taylor Bradberry WR Sr. 6-3 192 Winder, Ga.
83 Cornelius Washington DL Sr. 6-4 269 Hephzibah, Ga.
84 Hugh Williams TE RSo. 6-5 254 Atlanta, Ga.
85 Geoff Rapp TE RFr. 6-3 230 Kennesaw, Ga.
87 Jay Rome TE RFr. 6-6 254 Valdosta, Ga.
89 Daniel Williams TE Fr. 6-2 220 Lawrenceville, Ga.
93 Patrick Beless SP Fr. 5-9 155 Atlanta, Ga.
93 Abry Jones DL Sr. 6-3 309 Warner Robins,Ga.
96 Mike Thornton DL RSo. 6-1 287 Stone Mountain, Ga.
97 Adam Erickson SP RSo. 5-10 168 Athens, Ga.
98 Cody Johnson SP RSo. 6-1 200 Marietta, Ga.
No. Name Pos. Class Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
1 Isaiah Crowell RB So. 5-11 215 Columbus, Ga.
3 Blake Sailors DB Jr. 5-11 186 Athens, Ga.
4 Luis Capella DB Jr. 5-10 176 Augusta, Ga.
5 Ben Shelton QB Fr. 6-1 180 Wayland, Mass.
7 Jesse Jones DB RFr. 6-0 190 Habersham, Ga.
11 Aaron Murray QB Jr. 6-1 211 Tampa, Fla.
11 Connor Norman DB RSo. 5-10 208 Duluth, Ga.
12 Austin Herod DB Jr. 5-10 191 Woodstock, Ga.
12 Tavarres King WR Sr. 6-1 192 Mount Airy, Ga.
14 Hutson Mason QB Jr. 6-3 196 Marietta, Ga.
15 Marlon Brown WR Sr. 6-5 222 Memphis, Tenn.
20 Lucas Redd DB Fr. 6-1 210 Jefferson, Ga.
22 Richard Samuel IV RB Sr. 6-2 243 Cartersville, Ga.
24 Ken Malcome RB RSo. 6-0 226 Decatur, Ga.
25 Marc Deas DB RSo. 6-1 197 Kissimmee, Fla.
27 Greg Mulkey TE RFr. 6-3 230 Fairmount, Ga.
31 Chris Conley WR So. 6-3 202 Dallas, Ga.
32 James Davis RB Fr. 5-11 215 Baronton, Ga.
37 Devin Bowman DB RFr. 6-0 175 Rossville, Ga.
39 Corey Moore DB So. 6-2 207 Griffi n, Ga.
41 Brandon Burrows ILB RSo. 6-3 240 Marietta, Ga.
43 Merritt Hall RB RFr. 5-11 216 Alpharetta, Ga.
43 Quintavious Harrow DB So. 5-11 183 Columbus, Ga.
44 T.J. Stripling OLB Jr. 6-6 222 Decatur, Ga.
44 Drew Wilson TE Jr. 6-2 206 Tignall, Ga.
45 Christian Robinson ILB Sr. 6-2 226 Norcros, Ga.
46 AJ McDonald ILB So. 6-0 240 Suwanee, Ga.
46 Alexander Ogletree RB Jr. 5-10 224 Newnan, Ga.
47 Ray Drew DL So. 6-5 263 Thomasville, Ga.
47 Taylor Maxey RB RFr. 5-10 220 Statham, Ga.
48 Kosta Vavlas ILB RSo. 6-0 219 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
51 Ramik Wilson OLB So. 6-2 224 Tampa, Fla.
52 Amarlo Herrara ILB So. 6-2 231 College Park, Ga.
56 Garrison Smith DL Jr. 6-3 294 Atlanta, Ga.
58 Sterling Bailey DL RFr. 6-3 259 Gainesville, Ga.
60 Wright Gazaway SP RFr. 6-0 240 Buford, Ga.
61 David Andrews OL So. 6-2 280 Norcross, Ga.
64 Dallas Lee OL Jr. 6-4 300 Buford, Ga.
68 Chris Burnette OL Jr. 6-2 313 LaGrange, Ga.
69 Ty Frix SP Sr. 6-0 213 Calhoun, Ga.
72 Kenarious Gates OL Jr. 6-5 328 Grantville, Ga.
75 Kolton Houston OL RSo. 6-5 291 Buford, Ga.
82 Michael Bennett WR RSo. 6-3 208 Alpharetta, Ga.
83 Jack Loonam TE RFr. 6-0 215 Lexington, S.C.
86 Justin Scott-Wesley WR RFr. 5-11 218 Camilla, Ga.
88 Ricky Lowe DL Sr. 6-7 258 Duluth, Ga.
88 Arthur Lynch TE Jr. 6-5 272 Dartmouth, Mass.
90 Ethan Jackson SP RFr. 5-11 182 Sandersville, Ga.
91 Scott Eichler SP Sr. 5-11 184 Oakwood, Ga.
92 Dexter Morant OLB RSo. 6-7 245 Manning, S.C.
95 Reuben Faloughi OLB Jr. 6-5 255 Martinez, Ga.
99 Kwame Geathers DL Jr. 6-6 350 Georgetown, S.C.
99 Jamie Lindley SP Sr. 5-11 177 Savannah, Ga.
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Add wide receiver/corner back Malcom Mitchell to the list of players whose status for the G-Day Game is up in the air. Mitchell has a hamstring injury, according to Seth Emerson.
CB-WR Malcolm Mitchell has a hamstring injury, according to WR coach Tony Ball, who wasn't sure of the severity.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) April 10, 2012
As a freshman last season, Mitchell caught 45 passes for 665 yards and four touchdowns. He had a season-high seven catches for 51 yards in the Outback Bowl against Michigan State. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the league's coaches.
Mitchell is just the latest player who could be out of or limited in the G-Day Game due to injury. Safety Shawn Williams will miss the game due to a knee injury, running back Keith Marshall could miss the game with a hamstring injury and running back Richard Samuel has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms. The G-Day Game will take place on April 14.
Georgia Bulldogs safety/linebacker Shawn Williams is going to be out for Saturday's annual spring game with a knee injury, according to a report from the Athens Banner-Herald. Williams apparently won't need surgery on the bum knee, only time to heel.
#UGA safety Shawn Williams won't play in Saturday's G-Day game due to knee injury. School says again he won't need surgery.— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) April 10, 2012
At the end of last year's spring practice, Williams earned one of team's True Grit Award for defense. Williams played in 14 games and made 13 starts while a team-best 72 tackles in the 2011 season for the Dawgs.
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Running back Keith Marshall is a four-star recruit from the 2012 class decided graduated high school early so that he could participate in spring practice with the Georgia. However due to a hamstring injury Marshall has been kept out of practice this past week and the injury is likely to keep him out of Georgia's spring game on Saturday April 14.
Head coach Mark Richt said that the chances of Marshall suiting up for the G-Day game are 'not very good.' Marshall is not the only Georgia running back who may not play in Saturday spring game.
Richard Samuel has been suffering from concussion like symptoms and if he is to play on Saturday Richt said that Samuel will need to be symptom free:
"Once the symptoms are gone, we do some physical exertion. If they're okay on that then we get closer to being able to get in," Richt said. "It's a process. I think Richard felt pretty good today, but I don't know if he's gonna be able to go through that process in enough time to make it for G-Day."