Georgia wins over "Clemson" in scrimmage

Georgia tries to simulate real game

semerson@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 21, 2013 

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia held its "practice game" for the season opener, and few will be surprised if it ends up looking a lot like the real opener at Clemson.

Aaron Murray hit Arthur Lynch on a game-winning touchdown with a couple minutes left, propelling "Georgia," to a 42-41 win over "Clemson."

Georgia had Murray and the other first- and second-teamers set to play in the opener. Clemson, which included mostly scout-teamers and freshmen expected to redshirt, was spotted a 28-0 lead, and the practice game began at halftime.

"Georgia won 42-41 in a barnburner," head coach Mark Richt said.

The "Georgia" defense was scored on once on a "legitimate drive," according to Richt. The offense had to punt twice, but got touchdowns on six possessions. Murray, Hutson Mason and Brice Ramsey didn't throw any interceptions.

"We're much better pass protectors and route-runners than we were a year ago," Richt said.

Star tailback Todd Gurley was held out.

"We've seen enough of him," Richt said. "We need to see some other guys."

Defensively, the injury-riddled secondary played without free safety Tray Matthews, strong safety Corey Moore and cornerback Sheldon Dawson. But top cornerback Damian Swann played, and freshmen cornerbacks Brendan Langley and Shaq Wiggins each had an interception. Wiggins brought his back 17 yards for a touchdown.

"They do have good ball skills, very good hands," Richt said.

Richt declined to say who kicked the game-winning extra point, continuing the subterfuge around the status of possibly-suspended place kicker Marshall Morgan.

"I can't tell you," Richt said. "Secret stuff."

Freshman tailback Brendan Douglas missed the scrimmage because of a bruised knee. Richt said he didn't know how long Douglas would be out, only that it wasn't a season-ending type of injury, and wouldn't require surgery.

Fellow freshman A.J. Turman remains out, so right now J.J. Green (another freshman) is the No. 3 tailback, behind Gurley and Keith Marshall.

"I think J.J. really took advantage of an opportunity to get a lot of reps," Richt said. "He ran over somebody once, got everybody excited."

Ramsey played for Georgia, seemingly putting him ahead of fellow quarterbacks Christian LeMay, Parker Welch and Faton Bauta. But Richt said the No. 3 quarterback spot is still unsettled.

Note: Richt announced the captains for the Clemson game, all seniors: Murray and tight end Arthur Lynch on offense, defensive end Garrison Smith on defense and safety Connor Norman on special teams.

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