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A soggy Saturday wasn't going to keep Robin Shellico and his son Taylor from making the drive from Augusta to Athens for Georgia's G-Day game at Sanford Stadium.

Shellico readily admitted that the 19,874 Bulldogs fans in the stands for what was a glorified scrimmage must be a little crazy to brave the elements on a rain-filled day.

"At least my wife says so," said Shellico, a 51-year old physician's assistant who bought tickets online, shelled out $4 apiece for two rain ponchos and sat on the 50-yard line for his first G-Day. "She's in bed right now. She's going to watch it on TV."

Viewers watching at home on CSS and the wet ones in attendance got to see the Red team (featuring the first-team offense) beat the Black team (which included the first-team defense), 17-3.

They also got an offseason taste of a Georgia team that could be ranked No. 1 in the preseason coming off an 11-2 season that ended with a Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii and a No. 2 final Associated Press ranking.

"It's obvious people are expecting big things," coach Mark Richt said. "Georgia fans always expect big things."

Fifteen spring practices have come and gone and Richt still sees holes to fill.

"To me if you're thinking you're a preseason No. 1, then you need to be stacked at every position," Richt said. "I just don't see us there yet. We've got some offensive line issues. We don't even know who our kicker is. There are things going on that need to be solved before we roll into the season."

Georgia will have 21 weeks before it opens with Georgia Southern on Aug. 30.

Fans like Shellico wanted to catch a first glimpse of the Georgia newcomers like highly touted redshirt freshman tailback Caleb King.

"And of course, Knowshon," Shellico said.

That would be Knowshon Moreno, who last year rushed for the most yards by a Georgia freshman since Herschel Walker. Moreno played 14 first-half snaps and was done for the day except for fielding a punt. He rushed for 16 yards on three carries and is highlight was a one-handed catch that picked up 11 yards

King may not have piled up the yards (31 yards on six carries, all in the first half), but left a lasting impression with some nifty footwork.

He spun past linebacker Akeem Dent on one run to gain a first down. He also cutback on an 8-yard gain.

"I wanted to score a long touchdown, but it didn't happen, but that's OK," King said.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford directed the Red on three first-half drives that ended with a touchdown, punt and a field goal. He completed 6 of 10 passes for 78 yards.

Junior receiver Michael Moore caught a pair of touchdowns-a 30-yard pass from Stafford and a 12-yard scoring strike from freshman Logan Gray for a 14-3 lead.

Eight players that began the spring on the two-deep did not play due to injury including starters Mohamed Massaquoi (neck), Clint Boling (mononucleosis) and Jeff Owens (shoulder) That doesn't include freshman receiver Tavarres King, whose debut at Sanford Stadium was postponed because of an infected knee.

Starting offensive guard Vince Vance was helped off the field with 1:10 remaining with a sprained ankle that Richt said wasn't serious.

The crowd was the second lowest in the last five G-Day games, but topped the total for last year's national champion, LSU, which drew 14,375 for its spring game last year.

Georgia is hoping to get through a rugged schedule and celebrate its own championship this year.

Linebacker Rennie Curran believes in a team that returns 17 starters from last season.

"Not only because we have those guys coming back, but because the leadership that we have so far and the talent level is amazing, we just have so much potential," Curran said. "There are no boundaries for us."

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 040608


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sdogg (4/7/2008)
Hey Sac, Whats the word on AJ Green, the highly touted WR? Haven't heard much about him recently.

it's all down to his grades.. per his coach his grades will be fine so he should be able to enroll.. his test score is fine. he is doing well right now, working out and getting ready for enrollment.

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