Saturday March 22, 2008
ATHENS, Ga.- The University of Georgia football team held its first full
scrimmage of the spring Saturday at the Woodruff Practice Fields. Following the session, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez spoke about the quality of play on offense and defense.
"We got a lot of reps in today which is very good for our younger players," said Martinez. "Like most of the spring, there was some good and some on both sides of the ball. Both sides were a little bit sluggish to start but that is to be expected. Defense started fast but couldn¹t sustain that tempo throughout. The offense started slow but picked it up in the second half. The bottom line today is we want to see how guys compete."
Martinez also mentioned a few players in particular who performed well in the scrimmage. "Matthew Stafford looked good with the first group," said Martinez. "He showed great leadership and poise and made some plays in long yardage situations. Caleb King looked really good and so did Dontavius Jackson. "Defensively, a guy that really showed up throughout the scrimmage was Darryl Gamble," continued Martinez. "He had six tackles, two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and a pass breakup. Another one of the younger players we really wanted to see was John Knox. He was the same as a lot of guys, he
made some very good plays and then there were some questionable plays. We had a lot of younger guys really show up today."