Three SEC teams scrimmaged Saturday in Arkansas, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Let’s look at some quick hitters and results:
- The Hogs ran 74 plays and emphasized toughness and physical play Saturday.
- Bret Bielema was happy with Saturday’s scrimmage amidst several penalties and mistakes.
- Bielema: “We’ve been building it, but we hadn’t pulled the pin and let everybody fly and run,” Bielema said. “(Saturday) was part of that and I was very, very happy offensively and defensively, the way that transpired. I was happy with the way they were hitting.”
- The veteran defensive line was especially impressive to Bielema because of its physicality and ability to shed blocks.
- QB Brandon Allen finished 11 of 19 for 137 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he looks to have an early edge in the competition.
- QB Brandon Mitchell finished 7 of 14 for 112 yards and a touchdown.
- Allen hit WR Javontee Herndon for a 65-yard touchdown pass.
- The offense dominated the defense.
- QB Aaron Murray completed 13 of 21 passes for 159 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
- WR Chris Conley caught six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
- The starting offense either scored a touchdown or a field goal on every possession.
- Mark Richt was pleased with the scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
- Richt: “I thought the scrimmage was outstanding. I thought the guys really had fun today,” Richt said. “I thought they competed well. I think we’re still a little bit undisciplined with a little extracurricular activity after a couple of plays. Things get heated up and guys get after it a little bit after the whistle blows.”
- RBs Wesley Tate, Jerron Seymour and Brian Kimbrow took turns out of the Wildcat formation that produced 121 rushing yards on 17 direct snaps.
- Kimrbow: “The Wildcat formation, it gives you the opportunity to see what’s going on and it slows things down a little bit for you,” Kimbrow said. “As a running back, when you get to see everything progress, it’s easier for you to run the ball.”
- Franklin: “The second half of last year, the Wildcat was very good for us. Everybody knows it’s coming, but you’ve got numbers. … We’re excited about the Wildcat and continuing to grow that package in a lot of different ways.”
- Defensive ends Darien Bryant and Stephen Weatherly as well as tackle Vince Taylor were the notables among the defense.
- QB Austyn Carta-Samuels finished 11 of 16 for 129 yards. He continues to solidify himself as the starter.
- James Franklin entered the stands and presented a young boy a black shirt who had an orange sweatshirt on.
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