ATHENS - Christian LeMay got more reps in Thursday's practice, as the coaches now appear to be getting him ready to play. But that comes with two cautions:
1. Hutson Mason remains the go-to quarterback if Murray gets hurt.
2. And LeMay may still only be even with walk-on Parker Welch.
This is what offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had to say on Thursday about LeMay:
“Definitely improvement from last year and we’ve still got a lot to work on and a lot to improve on. I like his attitude and I like how he’s progressed. The dynamic we have there, Hutson’s No. 2 if injury happens. But if it’s finish the game, right now it’d be LeMay or Parker Welch.”
For LeMay's sake, it isn't encouraging that it's still him or Welch. But Bobo's comments are a sign that Georgia transitioning to season mode, realizing they need to get LeMay ready for that "finish the game" mode.
- Following up on Wednesday's scrimmage, Aaron Murray wasn’t faulted for his interception in the scrimmage, which happened when Corey Moore jumped a route and grabbed a pass intended for Michael Bennett. Bobo said there was a protection breakdown on the play.
“I didn’t really fault him for that. I thought he played great yesterday,” Bobo said.
- Despite that one offensive breakdown, Bobo had positive marks for the offensive line.
“I’m really liking the progression of the offensive line. I think those guys have bought in and they’re working hard,” Bobo said. “Our missed assignments are down tremendously from last year at this point. That’s due to those guys learning and studying and due to the quarterback getting us ready and into the play.”
As for the depth chart, the top six remain the same: The projected starting five plus Watts Dantzler. But redshirt freshman Xzavier Ward has impressed. Ward sat out last year while rehabbing an ACL, then put on a lot of weight this past offseason.
“He’s still hobbling a little bit, but he has shown a lot of toughness," Bobo said. "He’s shown ability to widen the pocket. He’s got real long arms. So we’re real pleased with him.”
- At receiver, redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Wesley hasn't quite cracked the main rotation.
“Justin Scott has gotta continue to improve," Bobo said. I think he’s gonna play for us this year, and he’s trying to work to where he can be in that rotation. Right now he’s just trying to get into it. He’s not up there with the consistency of those guys. But I like his improvement and his progress.”