August 11, 2010

Bobo says Murray still must improve

The yardage might have been impressive, but Mike Bobo had some issues with quarterback Aaron Murray's performance during Tuesday's scrimmage.

Fortunately, they're the kind of mistakes Georgia's offensive coordinator said that can be corrected with more practice time.

"He wasn't up to par with what we need to see at that position. There were some boneheaded decisions, throwing it up for grabs, and some other things that we discussed this morning," Bobo said after practice Wednesday. "But he learned from it on tape today and he had an excellent practice today of standing in the pocket, trusting his protection and cutting the ball loose. That was good to see after a day that was not up to par of what we needed to see."

Playing against the No. 2 defense, Murray threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the scrimmage at Sanford Stadium, but completed just 12-of-21 passes and was intercepted by freshman safety Alec Ogletree after trying to force a ball into coverage.

"It was typical young guy mistakes," Bobo said. "Everything has to look perfect for him but that's why you practice, that's why you scrimmage, that's what you put a guy through those decision. Fortunately he's a very diligent kid who learns from his mistakes and I was pleased with how he came out today."

Lakatos unsure about Smith

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos was asked if he was making plans to be without cornerback Branden Smith as his future with the Bulldogs remains up in the air due to what Richt deemed "academic issues."

He wasn't even able to fathom a guess.

"I don't know much about it. Coach (Mark) Richt probably told you guys the same thing he told us," Lakatos said. "He's got some issues he's got to overcome and we're just kind of rolling through; whoever's out there we're just trying to get them ready. If he makes it back, he makes it back."

Although the school has not commented on Smith's situation, UGASports has learned that Smith's issue has to do with a "placement test" that the Atlanta native was allegedly not able to pass.

Richt said Wednesday he hopes the situation will be resolved by early next week.

In Smith's absence, Lakatos said that redshirt sophomore Sanders Commings is working primarily at corner with redshirt freshman Jordan Love seeing more of his time at Nickel back.

Injury costing Samuel

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said that Richard Samuel's leg injury is hurting his chances for playing time, but stopped short of saying the junior might be in line for a redshirt year.

"We've still got a ways to go with that yet because it's a long season and he's obviously going to be back for the first game," Grantham said. "How soon he would get ready could indicate what we would do but right now I would still plan on using him and see how he comes along."

Samuel is expected to miss a week with his injury, the type of which has yet to be officially revealed by UGA team trainers.

Wood pushing Jones for time

Defensive line coach Rodney Garner said senior Brandon Wood is pushing sophomore Abry Jones for the starting job at left defense end opposite Demarcus Dobbs.

"I wouldn't say that he's taken over Abry for that spot, but they are I-A and I-B," Garner said.

Wood has been limited the past two practices due to an unnamed injury.

Garner had positive words to say about former offensive lineman Justin Anderson, currently working at nose along with DeAngelo Tyson, Kwame Geathers and Mike Thornton[/db].

"The first series we started DeAngelo but then in the second series we put Bean (Anderson) in there with our base package," Garner said. "He's improving. He's still got a long way to go, but I like his attitude in that he's taking to the teaching and trying to implement it on the field. I've been pleased with how attentive he has been and able to retain the information. I was concerned about that with the new system, but he's done a decent job."

Injury update

Linebackers Marcus Dowtin (scrapes from a scooter accident), Michael Gilliard (unknown injury) and Samuel (leg injury) each missed Wednesday's workout.

Receiver Kris Durham (dinged up), offensive guard Cordy Glenn (illness), Wood (bruise) did not practice as well.

This and that

Bobo said Logan Gray has shown a knack for making plays. "He got a little tired. I told him he was grinding coffee out there a couple of times but it's different than playing quarterback when you're running every play and putting your body to the test but he responded," Bobo said. "He's shown a knack of making plays on a consistent basis when the ball's in the air." … When asked about wide receiver Marlon Brown, position coach Tony Ball said, "He's physical. He's mentally and physically tough; and he's smart." … Fullback Fred Munzenmaier has seen some action in the backfield lining up in the tailback set. … Mike linebacker Christian Robinson continues to draw huge praise from middle linebackers coach Warren Belin, both for his play and the way he calls Georgia's defensive plays.

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