April 14, 2012

Notes: LeMay shines

With Aaron Murray at the helm and the knowledge that Hutson Mason will likely get the call if injury strikes the Tampa native, redshirt freshman Christian LeMay knows his time under center probably isn't going to come this fall.

Still, LeMay showed Saturday that he's definitely got the skills to one day make the position his own.

LeMay was impressive in Georgia's G-Day game, completing 7 of 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, a 66-yard toss to fellow redshirt Jay Rome and feeling good about his progress thus far.

"I feel I've come a long way. The first spring, there was lot being thrown on me, coming from high school to college," LeMay said. "I think I've come a long way, but I still need to keep my due diligence, do my home work and go from there."

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo allowed LeMay the opportunity to show just how effective he can be, allowing him to make a number of different types of throws.

"I'm glad the coaches decided to trust me and he did trust me to throw certain passes and really opened up the playbook for me, to let me throw the corner-out, go (routes), roll-outs, all types of throws," he said. "That just shows the confidence that he has in me. It's a great system to play in, to learn how to play in it and take what the defense gives you. There's always an outlet."

The lone blemish on LeMay's afternoon was an interception by linebacker Ramik Wilson that set up a score for the Red.

Still, LeMay did not allow the mistake to fester, something he feels he's gotten better at doing than when he first arrived on campus over a year ago.

"As a quarterback you have to be calm to lead the team because if you're not and out of control, then everybody else is going to follow your lead, look at you crazy and ask 'why did you put this guy in front of you to lead us,'" LeMay said. "As a QB, you're going to get attention, wanted or unwanted, so you want to demonstrate peace and calm on the field. Even though you might be frustrated about the last play, you've got go take the next step and get your mind on that."

No surprises on the offensive line

There were no major shakeups on the offensive line Saturday.

As expected, Kenarious Gates started at left tackle, Dallas Lee at left guard, Chris Burnette at right guard and Kolton Houston at right tackle.

Center David Andrews played center with the first team on the Red squad and Black squads with the second unit, which also consisted of Austin Long (left tackle), Mark Beard (left guard), Hunter Long (right guard) and Watts Dantzler (right tackle).

"We've got to get more consistent, and that's probably the biggest key," offensive line coach Will Friend[/d]b said. "We've got to be more consistent. You've got to be reliable as drives go on to get it finished. "

The first team had its moments with it's best showing coming on the Red team's second possession, a 12-play, 75-yard drive which culminated with Ken Malcome's first touchdown, a 6-yard run.

"I think there's a chance for the group to be a pretty good group," Friend said. "I've said it all spring, but you've got to keep going, keep moving and keep going in the right direction."

Grantham says freshman linebackers will play early

Although defensive coordinator [db]Todd Grantham has been pleased with the play of his outside linebackers, he said incoming freshmen Josh Harvey-Clemons, Jordan Jenkins and Josh Dawson can expect some early playing time this fall.

"That's why we recruited them and I'm looking for those guys to step in and play," said Grantham, who said their skill level was part of the reason he allowed Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington to cross train at defensive end.

"I kind of know what those guys (Harvey-Clemons, Jenkins and Dawson) can do, and their skill set, and also what Ray and Cornelius can do," he said. "By making that transition it allowed us to give us more flexibility. Because the big thing you've got to have is flexibility when you're on defense, because again, it's all about getting your next best guy in the game."

The freshman trio exhibits all the traits Grantham looks for when recruiting players who can get on the field early.

"Defense is a game about athletes and the bigger, faster and stronger you are, the more you can win one-on-one matchups," he said. "To me it's all about recruiting big, strong guys who can run and as their bodies shape and grow, you filter them in where you need them. We'll find ways to use them. We've got a lot of personnel groups."

This and that

According to head coach Mark Richt, his Bulldogs did not receive any serious injuries in the game. … All total, Bulldog defenders were credited with nine sacks between the two teams, including a team-best 1.5 from safety Quintavious Harrow. … Backup running back Brandon Harton led all receivers with six catches for 52 yards, but redshirt freshman wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley was also impressive catching three passes for 46.

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