April 3, 2010

Durham shines in Saturday's scrimmage

It was a good day for the offense during Saturday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

Wide receiver Kris Durham certainly had a memorable showing.

The senior from Calhoun caught four passes for 74 yards and three touchdowns, an effort that drew the admiration of fellow wideout A.J. Green.

"Wow, Kris …," Green said. "I was the second-best receiver out there today."

Actually, Green didn't do too badly, either.

The junior grabbed six passes of his own for 80 yards, followed by Israel Troupe who had a touchdown among his four catches that went for 45 yards.

Zach Mettenberger threw two of the touchdown passes, while Aaron Murray and Logan Gray threw one each. Murray went 13-of-19 for 159 yards, Mettenberger was 10-of-16 for 126 yards and Gray went 7-of-11 for 111 yards.

"The offense had a pretty good day," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "The throwing and catching was outstanding. I was very impressed with the quarterbacks. They had good control of what was going on, they moved in the pocket, they scrambled, and they were accurate. They really put the ball on the money. I feel like we're in good shape at that position. It's been a good competition, and I'm pleased with that."

Carlton Thomas led Georgia's rushing attack with 94 yards on 16 carries, including a 44-yard run. Kevin Lanier added 45 yards, while Murray scrambled for 37 yards.

Caleb King did not practice after his knee flared up in practice last week, while Washaun Ealey only had 5 carries for six yards after dinging his knee earlier last week in practice.

Neither of the injuries is considered serious and both players said they will be back at practice Tuesday.

Georgia also got field goals of 53 yards from Brandon Bogotay and 21 yards from Blair Walsh. Defensively, Demarcus Dobbs and Christian Robinson each had six tackles and a sack to pace the defense. Derrick Lott, Akeem Dent, Darryl Gamble and Brandon Boykin added five tackles apiece. Reuben Faloughi was credited with three sacks. Boykin and Brandon Cuff both had interceptions in the end zone to end drives.

Richt makes Mettenberger suspension official

After suggesting that Mettenberger would be suspended for the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafeyette, Richt made it official Saturday.

"It's at least a one-game suspension, that's the best way to put it - it's at least a one-game suspension," Richt said. "He will not start the first game because he will not be playing."

Richt did not hazard an answer on whether or not Mettenberger could still claim the starting job after his suspension is served.

"I think I'd rather not speculate on that. I don't want to say something I might change my mind on or regret," Richt said. "All I can say is he won't start the first game."

Richt pleased with lack of penalties

Saturday's scrimmage only produced four penalties for the Bulldogs, a fact that left Richt well-pleased.

"We only had one penalty on offense the entire day which was very gratifying," Richt said. "Defensively, I think we had three which was probably too many but to scrimmage as many downs as we did with an SEC crew out there that was pretty darn good."

Richt said the only offensive penalty came when a receiver flinched, with two of the three on defense coming on offside calls. There was one pass-interference flag.

This and that

Richt said there were two fumbled snaps during the scrimmage. "We didn't lose them, but that was not good," Richt said. … Richt made a clarification saying he misspoke when he reported last week that King missed practice with a stomach issue. Richt said that was actually Ealey who was feeling ill. … Richt said the defense did not pressure as much as it did during last week's scrimmage, but that was by design. "We're just trying to learn to pay base football," he said. "There weren't quite as many blitzes, twists and stunts."

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