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Former Southwest Georgia football stars shine in Bulldogs' first scrimmage

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- The Georgia football team scrimmaged for around an hour and a half at Sanford Stadium under sunny skies Saturday morning.

But the Bulldogs who arguably shined brightest were two former Southwest Georgia football stars.

On defense, safety Bacarri Rambo of Seminole County had five stops and an interception, while Early County's Shawn Williams returned a 30-yard interception for a touchdown. Linebacker Akeem Dent had six tackles and Jakar Hamilton added three more tackles.

"I thought the defense was being aggressive (Saturday)," Dent said. "We gave up a couple big plays early on, but I thought we settled down later in the scrimmage. (Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham) was a little more conservative with the play calling just to make sure everyone was on the same page and up to speed."

This marked the Bulldogs' eighth practice of the spring and their third practice in as many days.

"(Saturday) was a good day for us," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "The guys played fast, there were very few balls dropped and very few penalties. We did have couple missed tackles and assignments, but overall I think it was a good day."

Richt added that flanker Rantavious Wooten started the spring out slow but picked up the pace Saturday. Wooten hauled in six catches for 146 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

"(Rontavious) struggled a little bit earlier in the spring, but had a pretty good day (Saturday)," said Richt, who also added that offensive lineman A.J. Harmon suffered a leg injury during the scrimmage. "Hopefully this will get him over the hump as the spring continues."

Wooten, for one, hopes he continues to get looks his way after Saturday's performance.

"I thought the offense did a great job today distributing the ball," Wooten said. "We were having fun out there and not trying to think too much."

Flanker A.J. Green also had a 40-yard touchdown catch as tailbacks Caleb King (six carries, 79 yards) and Washaun Ealey (nine carries, 64 yards) combined to lead Georgia's ground attack. At quarterback, Mettenberger finished 7-for-10 with 157 yards and one touchdown while Aaron Murray was 10-for-15 with 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Logan Gray finished with six completions for 37 yards.

The Bulldogs have six more practices before they wrap up their spring with the annual G-Day game April 10.