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Bulldogs hold first scrimmage; Auburn's Chizik impressed with DE Lemonier

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ATHENS -- The Georgia Bulldogs squared off against each other Between the Hedges for two hours Tuesday in the first scrimmage of the 2010 preseason camp.

It marked the second preseason practice in full pads for the Bulldogs, and Georgia coach Mark Richt said he liked what he saw at Sanford Stadium.

"Without question, the number one units whipped the number two units," Richt said. "That's what you want to see, and our number two offense and defense (teams) were competing out there. It was a hot, humid day, probably the hottest and most humid of all our practices so far."

Richt began his post-scrimmage media session by providing some statistics from Tuesday's action. Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray was 12-for-21 for 237 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while true freshman Hutson Mason was 9-for-23 for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Junior tailback Caleb King had 14 carries for 63 yards, while sophomore Washaun Ealey tallied 66 yards on five carries.

Junior flanker A.J. Green posted a productive day with five receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Logan Gray had a pair of catches for 45 yards.

Defensively, senior linebacker Akeem Hebron led all tacklers with six.

Senior end Demarcus Dobbs and junior safety Nick Williams added five tackles apiece. Junior cornerback Brandon Boykin and true freshman safety Alec Ogletree notched interceptions.

Murray said that he did some good things and some bad things while directing the first team.

"I know I have to continue to work hard, watch film and improve," said Murray. "Today, I felt comfortable in the pocket, I trust the line, and I had time to throw. From watching film, I know I can trust the guys up front, and I don't have to rush and can look down field. I did force a couple throws today trying to make plays, and I will learn from that."

Richt said he thought Murray led the team well Tuesday.

"He has a very good command of the system, he was getting us in the right plays, and overall, he's done well," said Richt. "He did have one interception, and it was not a wise decision. He knows he doesn't have to be a hero, and it's all right to throw it out of bounds some times."

Fall Semester classes begin at UGA Monday, Aug. 16. The annual Fans' Picture Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21 at Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot "Russ" will be available for photos from 1-3 p.m., while the 2010 Bulldogs will be at the stadium from 3-5 p.m.

Georgia, which was ranked No. 21 in the preseason edition of the USA Today coaches poll, will begin the 2010 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff for the opener against the Ragin' Cajuns is slated for 12:21 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network nationwide.

CHIZIK PRAISES FRESHMAN: Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik has been impressed so far by freshman defensive end Corey Lemonier (lay-muhn-YEER').

Chizik said after Tuesday morning's practice that Lemonier is "going to push somebody for a position." He said he doesn't normally offer such praise for freshmen this early.

Lemonier was one of Auburn's most highly rated signees.

He's playing weakside defensive end, along with senior Antoine Carter, junior college transfer Joel Bonomolo and sophomore Dee Ford.

Tuesday was the Tigers' first day of two-a-day practices. They will have a scrimmage situation Wednesday evening.