April 10, 2010

Richt likes what he sees from G-Day effort

As Georgia coach Mark Richt said he had no complaints as he sat down to address the media following Saturday's G-Day Game at Sanford Stadium.

The Black Team defeated the Red squad 17-7 before a crowd of 38,742, most of who came to form their own opinions regarding the on-going battle to determine the starting quarterback, plus get their first look at new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 defensive scheme.

"It was a great day for Georgia football. I thought the game was entertaining, I guess depending what you like," Richt said. "If you liked offense you probably liked the first half better, if you liked defense you probably liked the second half better but I was really pleased today."

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger certainly opened some eyes.

The redshirt freshman was the game's offensive star, completing 6 of 10 passes for 150 yard and two second-quarter touchdowns on throws of 20 yards to walk-on Rhett McGowan and 39 yards to tight end Arthur Lynch.

Logan Gray, who completed 7 of 13 passes for 102 yards, accounted for the Red team's only touchdown, a 7-yard pass to Kris Durham in the first quarterback. Aaron Murray, meanwhile, completed 9 of 18 passes for 96, but was intercepted in the third quarter by linebacker Marcus Dowtin who returned the pick 25 yards.

Dowtin's play was indicative of the kind of second half it was for the defense which only allowed a 32-yard field goal by Brandon Bogotay against the second-team defense with just 2:24 to play.

Richt, who watched the first half from inside the press box, was impressed with what he saw.

"When you're up in the press box It gives you a pretty good feel for what your team looks like and it looked sharp, it looked organized and guys were playing hard," Richt said. "They were making plays on both sides of the ball."

Richt said he was pleased with all three quarterback, but offered no hints as to how he might rank the trio when the post-spring depth chart is released in the next week or so after exit interviews with players are complete.

"Mett certainly had a nice day, no doubt about that but I think they all did well," Richt said. "I'm going to do what I said I was going to do and that was look at all 15 practices and gauge where we think everybody is."

But Richt stressed the depth chart won't necessarily mean who will be starting the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

"It will gauge where we think they are but it won't be necessarily who is going to start when the first game rolls around," he said. "It will indicate who is going to be where when we start camp but after that there's going to be 29 practices, a couple of scrimmages, a practice game so I don't know if we're going to have a true answer of where anybody is going to start in any one position. But it will give us a snapshot of where we think they are right now."

Durham led all Bulldog receivers with three catches for 54 yards, followed by Lynch with two for 51 and Rantavious Wooten with three for 45.

Dontavius Jackson was the game's leading rusher with 11 carries for 43 yards, followed by Carlton Thomas with four for 41 and Washaun Ealey with seven for 22.

Caleb King (knee) did not play.

Defensively, safety Nick Williams led the way with seven tackles, followed by Christian Robinson and Dowtin with six apiece.

Quarterbacks could not be tackled to the ground, but Cornelius Washington was credited with two sacks, followed by Akeem Dent, Justin Houston and Abry Jones with one each.

Dowtin had the game's only interception but the defense did force and recover a pair of fumbles by Derek Rich and Thomas.

The Bulldogs were only flagged one time for five yards.

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