Georgia, South Carolina scrimmage notes

Georgia and South Carolina held scrimmages Wednesday and the Gamecocks certainly excited their fans with some big plays on offense and defense.

With several thousand fans watching inside Williams-Brice Stadium, the Gamecocks reeled off a seven-touchdown performance. And things got off to a great start for the offense and quarterback Connor Shaw when he hit senior Jason Barnes on the first play of the game for a 70-yard score. Shaw later connected with freshman Damiere Byrd for an 80-yard touchdown. Shaw finished the scrimmage 6-for-11 passing for 192 yards and the two touchdowns before leaving the game with a right thumb injury.

Coach Steve Spurrier said he thinks Shaw's thumb might have hit someone's helmet during a play and should be fine.

“His thumb sort of popped out of joint briefly, but they got it back in," Spurrier said. "He says that’s happened before and it shouldn’t bother him. So hopefully he’ll be OK in two or three days, but we’ll just have to wait and see. But other than that, he threw some good long balls.”

Stephen Garcia completed 8 of 13 passes for 128 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ace Sanders. Sanders also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Smith.

“Stephen threw some good balls there at the end,” Spurrier said, “so we had some encouraging plays and we had some sorry plays also.”

South Carolina's defense recorded four turnovers Wednesday, including when Jadeveon Clowney picked up a Garcia fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

Here is more information on the Gamecocks' scrimmage on South Carolina's official website. And here are some more notes.


Even with running backs Isaiah Crowell and Richard Samuel out with injuries, the Bulldogs were able to hold their second preseason scrimmage Wednesday.

Former walk-on Brandon Harton led all rushers with 51 yards on 12 carries, and Ken Malcome registered 10 yards on five carries, while working with the first team.

In the passing game, Aaron Murray completed 11 of 16 passes for 108 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, while Hutson Mason hit 13 of 27 passes for 125 yards.

"I thought it was a pretty good scrimmage," Murray said. "The offense made a lot of plays here and there. There were some lulls, but that's going to happen. I'm very proud of both sides of the ball and how they played today."

As the Bulldogs search for another receiving threat outside of receiver Tavarres King and tight end Orson Charles, they got some solid play out of receiver Rantavious Wooten, who caught five passes for 61 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown. Israel Troupe also had five receptions for 50 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Alec Ogletree led the team in tackles for the second consecutive scrimmage, notching eight, including a sack and tackle for loss.

"'Tree' is playing good," coach Mark Richt said. "He's playing fast and physical. He likes football and has had a very good camp. I don't have any doubt it was the best move for him and for Georgia."

Safety Shawn Williams recorded seven tackles, and cornerback Bacarri Rambo registered six tackles and an interception.

You can read more about Georgia's scrimmage on the team's official website.