August 18, 2011

Murray counting on frosh

With the season-opener just a little over two weeks away, quarterback Aaron Murray is getting a better idea as to which freshmen receivers he may be able to count on.

Following practice on Wednesday, Murray took a brief moment with UGASports to give an update on their respective progress.

Malcolm Mitchell:"He looks tremendous. Malcolm is very quick and very fast, extremely quick, actually. He's been making plays since the summer and he's really caught a lot of people's eye. He's going to make a huge impact and he's gong to make a huge impact this year."

Justin Scott-Wesley: "I talked to Coach (Mike) Bobo the other day and he definitely looks a lot different from when he first got here to what he does now. He looks a lot smoother with his routes and he seems to know what he's doing. He's definitely got a lot better. I'm not putting it past him to get some playing time this year, either."

Sanford Seay : "His route running has definitely improved the most out of all of them. He's getting into his own right now."
Chris Conley: "Conley is probably the most knowledgeable of them all just because he's been here. He knows the routes, he knows the defense and that's why he is with, or just ahead of those other guys right now because of that knowledge and how hard he's worked to study his playbook. I think once the other ones catch up with that, they will be right on his level."Defense feeling the itch

Sophomore linebacker Alec Ogletree says the defense is starting to get the itch to line up against another team, instead of facing their offensive teammates day in and day out.

"We're not tired, but we're starting to get a little rowdy to go against another team," said Ogletree, who more and more is showing his move from safety to Moe linebacker will be a seamless one.

"I feel pretty comfortable at the position," said Ogletree, who recorded eight tackles in Wednesday's scrimmage. "I still need to work some on using my hands more and technique-wise there's a few things, but overall I feel I'm doing well."

Back inside for Walsh
When Georgia kicks off against Boise State on Sept. 3, the game will mark the first time Bulldog kicker Blair Walsh has kicked in a dome since taking part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior year in high school.

"I had a miserable performance," said Walsh, who added he's looking to some personal redemption in the Georgia Dome against the Broncos. "I've heard it's a great place to kick."

It's shaping up to be a record-breaking year for the Fort Lauderdale native.

Walsh's 303 career points places him fourth on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list behind Billy Bennett (409 points), Kevin Butler (353) and Herschel Walker.

Bennett's mark also stands as the all-time SEC record for career points.

Based on the way Walsh feels he's been kicking this spring, the record could well be in jeopardy.

"I've had the best camp since I've been here," Walsh said. "I love the way I'm hitting the ball. You can make kicks and still have it look ugly, but I feel like I've been kicking the ball pure, just the way I want to hit it."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.