August 11, 2009

Wednesday scrimmage huge on several fronts

When Georgia heads over to Sanford Stadium Wednesday afternoon for its first scrimmage of the 2009 fall camp, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he has one thing he wants to see.

"I'm going to be looking for guys who will play hard and compete. I'm looking for guys who are not scared to go out and lay it on the line and not afraid to make mistakes," Bobo told reporters after Tuesday. "Yeah, mistakes bother you but right now in camp it's not really going to bring a guy down on the depth chart, especially a young guy. The might be out there making mistakes but if they show that they're able to make plays and do things with the ball in their hands then we're going to get them on the field."

Positions will be up for grabs.

According to Bobo, he's liable to have a decision regarding the pecking order at quarterback behind starter Joe Cox, although it's believed that redshirt sophomore Logan Gray has about got that position sewed up.

Not so at running back where position coach Bryan McClendon will be taking a long, hard look at Caleb King, Richard Samuel, Dontavius Jackson, Carlton Thomas and Washaun Ealey.

"The scrimmage is going to be very important. They're going to have to go out there and it's going to be different from a regular practice. They're not going to have me back there hollering at them or me back there as a pacifier, so to speak," McClendon said. "They're going to be out there by themselves and they're going to have to do it. That's what I told them. My goal from the beginning of camp until now has been to just go out there and just turn them loose during the scrimmage. We're going to see how they do."

Although he doubts any final decision will be made, McClendon said whichever back excels the most will definitely help his playing cause.

"If they do well it's definitely going to help them," he said. "The big thing for all of them is they are going to have to go out there and play well."

Ealey will be part of the five-man rotation looking to make an impression.

The freshman from ECI hyperextended his elbow during Friday's workout, but was back practicing at 100 percent Tuesday afternoon.

McClendon said he will not be limited in today's scrimmage.

"He's back, he's full-go. I actually limited him when he first got back, but he's one of those guys, one of those tough kids. He wants to go. He sees everyone else practicing and he's one of those types of guys that the way you punish them is keep them from playing," McClendon said. "That was torture to him. He wanted to go but I held him back. He's ready to go."

Bobo had hoped to see how freshman receivers Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten fared, but was not sure if they would get that chance.

Brown is still recovering from his finger injury which he described as "a jam" Tuesday, while Bobo said that Wooten is recovering from a tender hamstring.

"They've had a couple of setbacks and I was eager to get them on the field for the scrimmage and see what they are able to do," Bobo said. "We're thin at receiver so the main thing we want now is to get them out here for practice and get them ready for the season."

In other news:

A.J. Green said his weight is now up to 208 pounds.

• Orson Charles said he's looking forward to Wednesday's scrimmage but was planning on doing his homework Tuesday evening to prepare. "I just want to prepare, get my mind right for tonight. If I know what I'm doing I'll be more comfortable. If I make a mistake I'll just go to the film room and correct it later."

• The Bulldogs will practice twice Wednesday, first in shells before heading over to Sanford Stadium in the afternoon for their first scrimmage.

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