Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins get in-person look at Georgia defense

Football - Sammy Watkins

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Football - Sammy Watkins

Georgia’s G-Day spring game had an announced crowd of 45,113 – three of which happened to be Clemson starters.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Quandon Christian got some advanced scouting in a week before their own spring game, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

“We were kind of incognito. I had a hat on, some shades – threw on some red and kept it casual,” Boyd said with a laugh.

What did the Tigers’ QB see?

“I thought they had a really good solid team,” Boyd said. “They have a defensive front that moves around a pretty good bit. They do a lot of movement. Secondary really has some speed out there. They have some hard-hitting safeties.”

He said his opposite number, senior Georgia gunslinger Aaron Murray, looked “pretty composed,” passing for a pair of touchdowns, but Boyd focused on what he’ll have to tackle come this fall.

“(I was) watching the defense most definitely,” said Boyd. “I know how the offense does it on the other side, but it’s going to be a challenge. They have some great players.

“You can’t fully understand what kind of players they have until you get on the field, but you can get the gist of it.”

The Hampton, Va. native, who ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency (165.59) and 10th in total passing yards (3,896) last season, already has an eye on a Bulldogs’ secondary replacing 3-of-4 starters.

“I know those guys don’t have the most experienced group of guys,” he said, “so if anything we can take advantage of youth, but they matchup well as far as speed.”

With spring practice over, the Aug. 31 cross-border showdown is that much closer.

“It’s going to be a good matchup,” Boyd said. “I’m excited for the fact that we’re going to see those guys in person.”

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