Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Scrimmages More About Not Screwing Up

If you've been following Georgia's spring practices with any regularity (cue Fiber One jokes), you've doubtless come across the statistics from the Dawgs' first official scrimmage.

All eyes/ears/etc. are focused primarily on the Bulldogs' overhauled defense, and the QB battle between Aaron Murray, Zack Mettenberger, and (supposedly) Logan Gray. Statistically speaking, Murray and "Mett" had the most impressive games, with Gray trailing far behind.

I think that, in the early going here, a 'big' game is far less important on the positive side than laying an egg is on the negative side. Right now, coaches would seem to be looking more at who's picking things up, giving consistent effort, and protecting the football. If you'll recall, former QB Blake Barnes had a near perfect G-Day a few years back, but really never saw the field for Georgia. Just last G-Day, Logan Gray looked very impressive, but when live bullets were flying in the fall, he was hardly an option at all behind Joe Cox.

So, sure, it's nice to see a guy like WR Rantavious Wooten have a big game, and it's a good thing that Mettenberger appears to be pushing Murray for the top spot. However, keep an eye out for those statistically awful numbers. Fumbles, holding penalties, interceptions, drops, and so forth. That, to me, is going to tell the story of who's got the top spot at various positions heading into the fall.

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