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Richt happy with defense; offense, not so much

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- Georgia football coach Mark Richt said Saturday that Georgia's defense played well but the offense struggled and was sloppy at times in the team's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

"My impression of the day was the defense dominated the scrimmage," Richt said. "We had very inconsistent play offensively overall. We really couldn't get much going. When a scrimmage starts that way, it's compounded. It was sloppy at times. I'm glad we've got three more weeks to iron some of this stuff out. We had more energy today definitely. By far, it was the coolest day we've dealt with. But the offense started off with not much going right and just couldn't shake it off. I would put the defense in a 7 (out of 10) range and the offense more like a 4."

One of the players who did shine was Bainbridge native Darryl Gamble of Bainbridge. The 6-fot-2, 250-pound senior linebacker recorded three sacks. Also, linebacker Akeem Hebron led the defense with five tackles and a fumble recovery. Cornerback Brandon Boykin added four tackles and outside linebacker Justin Houston had three sacks and returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown.

"I think with every practice and every scrimmage, we get more and more confidence," said Houston. "As you get more comfortable, you can go hard to the ball. I'm sure we made mistakes, but we'll watch the film and we'll keep getting better."

Boykin agreed.

"As a defense, we capitalized on their mistakes, we made some plays, we got some stops and we got some turnovers," Boykin said. "I was happy with how we played, and I think we'll continue to play well."

There were a few bright spots on offense, however.

With cloud cover and intermittent rain keeping the temperature down, the Bulldogs logged about 90 minutes between the hedges.

Quarterback Aaron Murray completed only 8 of 20 passes for 133 yards, including a 43-yard gain to Logan Gray, the former quarterback who has moved to receiver. Gray led the receiving corps with three catches for 70 yards.

Backup quarterback Hutson Mason was 8-of-18 passing for 48 yards. Washaun Ealey had seven carries for 78 yards, followed by tailback Caleb King with seven rushes for 18 yards and fullback Fred Munzenmaier with six carries for 17 yards.

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NOTES: Richt said center Ben Jones will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery today. Jones is expected to be ready for the season opener Sept. 4 ... After the scrimmage, the Bulldogs held their annual watermelon cutting. Traditionally, the watermelon cutting has marked this end of two-a-day practices. This year, it came after Georgia's last session before the start of classes ... 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 is ranked No. 21 in the preseason edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll, will begin the 2010 campaign on 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 ... Fall semester classes begin at UGA on Monday