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Don't tell Michael Moore that the G-Day game wasn't important.

The junior receiver has played in 22 games for the Bulldogs, but take a guess what is the highlight of his collegiate career so far.

"I think this one right here," Moore said of Saturday's final intra-squad scrimmage of the spring. "I got to finally turn the corner to show fans what I can do."

Moore led G-Day with three catches for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Red's 17-3 win over the Black. The Fort Lauderdale native had just three catches for 26 yards last season.

"He's always had great concentration, but he's just lacked the little things in terms of inner drive to push himself," receivers coach John Eason said. "He's doing that now."

Receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (neck), Tony Wilson (leg), Demiko Goodman (hamstring) and Tavarres King (knee) and starting tight end Tripp Chandler (hip flexor) all did not play.

That opened up more chances for Moore to make plays.

"I was tired out there a couple of times, but I had to suck it up," Moore said. "You have to block the next play and run the next route."

Matthew Stafford hit Moore on a 30-yard touchdown across the middle on the first drive of the game.

"That was a great throw and catch," coach Mark Richt said. "It's tough to defend that good of a ball. Michael ran a nice route that was covered pretty well and the ball was just where it needed to be and you had the protection to do that."

Moore later caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Logan Gray. Moore pointed to his mother, Debbie Lyn, sitting in a corner of Sanford Stadium after the score.

"This will give me a little more confidence, but it also humbles me," Moore said. "I've got to continue to work hard and keep doing what I'm doing."

Center Jones on fast track to play

Georgia doesn't know which five offensive linemen will start, but Richt knows one offensive lineman that is almost certain to be in the mix for playing time.

Freshman center Ben Jones probably won't redshirt, Richt said, and is among up to nine linemen that could play this year.

"We're going to have to have him ready to play," Richt said.

Richt said Trinton Sturdivant and Kiante Tripp seem "pretty solid" as starting offensive tackles. There appears to be more competition at guard with Clint Boling, Vince Vance, Justin Anderson and possibly Chris Davis if he moves from center.

"We didn't get in sync because of injuries and things of that nature," Richt said of the spring.

"Hopefully in the fall we can line up and get rolling right away."

The offensive line gave the quarterbacks more time to throw Saturday.

The defense had seven sacks, five less than in Georgia's last scrimmage, although there were about 30 less plays.

"We've had a bunch of scrimmages where we haven't had enough time to drop back and step up there and sight it up there and make that throw," Richt said. "We really protected better this game than any other scrimmage."

Kickers show off their strong legs

Walk-ons Andrew Jensen and Brian Behr apparently aren't going to concede the kicking job to freshman signee and Florida native Blair Walsh.

Jensen entered G-Day as the spring leader at the position and nailed a 47-yard field goal in his only attempt. Behr booted a 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half and added a pair of extra points.

"I feel like that kicking job is going to be won during the summer," said Jensen, who is from Lawrenceville and had a scholarship offer from Presbyterian College.

Jensen and Behr had the luxury of no rush on kicks.

"We're going to have to try to get as many pressure situations as possible," Richt said. "There was pressure today, no doubt, because everybody was there and it was G-Day."

QB Cox dishes it out on linebacker Hebron

The rules protected quarterback Joe Cox from getting tackled in his green non-contact jersey.

That didn't keep Cox from tackling Akeem Hebron on the sideline after Hebron returned a fumbled exchange between Cox and Jones 40 yards to set up a Gray's touchdown pass.

"I was just going to push him out but I was a little agitated, too," Cox said.

"I felt like throwing him down a little bit. It was fun. It's been awhile since I did that."

Touted defensive lineman commits

Georgia has picked up a 2009 commitment from defensive tackle Abry Jones of Northside-Warner Robins High, according to Scout.com.

Jones was at G-Day on Saturday and couldn't be reached for further comment.

"He has a lot of mobility, has good range and plays hard," Northside coach Conrad Nix, who was unaware of Jones' commitment, told the Banner-Herald. "He makes a lot of athletic plays."

The 6-foot-5, 262 pound Jones became a starter last year and was heavily pursued.

"You name it, they offered," Nix said.

This and that

Tailback Knowshon Moreno wore the No. 26 of Wilson. "At first I thought maybe someone auctioned off all of Knowshon's jerseys," Richt said. ... Receiver Kenneth Harris played despite an ankle injury and had one catch for seven yards. ... The 20 points scored were 35 less than the offense scored in last year's G-Day. "We can't get lulled to sleep like we did (Saturday)," Davis said. "We got our 17 points and then we just went in cruise control mode. That's something you can't do as an offense."

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 040608


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