“Maybe there was too much pressure on this scrimmage, I don’t know,” Richt said. “Maybe they felt it more. I was making sure they knew how important it was in the deciding of everybody’s fate as far as playing time.”
That’s not to say the offense didn’t have an overall productive night. Four quarterbacks (Mason, Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park) threw to at least 15 receivers — Richt only provided receiving stats for 15 players — and Georgia’s quarterbacks combined for 709 passing yards in the process. That being said, only Bauta played as a live quarterback, which he also did on Saturday.
The ever-scrutinized secondary made some highlights at the expense of Georgia’s quarterbacks. Freshmen Rico Johnson and Dominick Sanders picked off Ramsey and Mason, respectively. Johnson impressively pulled down a ball that Richt assumed Ramsey meant to sail out of bounds, while Sanders took his back for a 54-yard touchdown.
Both Sanders and Johnson tacked on four tackles apiece to the defensive stat line, while Jordan Jenkins led with nine tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss.
As should be expected, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall didn’t get a ton of snaps, each carrying the ball four times for 11 yards a pop.
“We didn’t need to see much with them,” Richt said. “We want to see the younger backs perform and they did a nice job.”
Those younger tailbacks are freshmen Michel and Nick Chubb, the latter recording the only rushing touchdown of the evening.
“From what I could see, they ran the ball well, they secured the ball well, they pass protected,” Richt said of Michel and Chubb. “I say they did — I saw just a couple that I was impressed with.”