Christian LeMay hasn’t reached the same skill level as Tajh Boyd, and the Georgia scout team is certainly not on par with Clemson.
For one night under the lights at Sanford Stadium, however, the UGA backup was the CU starter and UGA’s redshirt pool was the Tigers’ starting lineup in a game-style scrimmage conducted on Wednesday.
Actually, it was a half-game scrimmage that started in the third quarter with Georgia trailing, 28-0.
LeMay, who is battling Faton Bauta for the third team QB spot, attempted to mimic Clemson’s All-ACC signal caller while the scout team utilized the Tigers’ offensive and defensive schemes.
No. 5 Georgia rallied to take a 42-41 victory over faux Clemson in the contest’s waning moments.
“It was a barn burner,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We got done what we wanted. We had a lot of live kicking situations, and overall I thought everyone did a pretty good job including our graduate assistants preparing the scout team.”
Aaron Murray, who was victimized by three picks in his first scrimmage of fall camp, tossed three touchdown passes on Wednesday, hitting 11 of 14 aerials for 194 yards and no interceptions.
Murray spread the passing wealth around, throwing TD strikes to Arthur Lynch (who had the game-winner), Keith Marshall and Malcolm Mitchell. No receiver caught more than two passes.
J.J. Green, who is making a case to earn a spot in the backfield rotation, led the ground game with 62 yards on 12 carries.
"I thought J.J. really took advantage of an opportunity to get a lot of reps,” Richt said. “I thought he ran well.”
Fullback Quayvon Hicks carried the ball twice and scored twice, getting seven yards.
The duo of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley were largely forgotten. Gurley didn’t play and Marshall had no carries.
“I dont’ think Gurley got a snap,” Richt said. “We’ve seen enough of him. We wanted to see what the other guys could do.”
Defensively, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and inside linebacker Ramik Wilson each had four tackles, with Jenkins contributing a sack.
Freshman defensive back Shaquille Wiggins had an interception that he cashed in for a 17-yard touchdown, while Brendan Langley, another frosh DB, also had an interception.
“Those guys are getting reps and making plays,” Richt said. “They have good ball skills and good hands.”
The night was a tough one for the scout team members, many who won’t see action this season.
Richt said on Tuesday the players who discovered they’d be playing the role of Clemson in the final scrimmage before the Aug. 31 opener were down in the dumps.
"We turned our attention to Clemson and some of the guys who ended up with some scout team responsibilities are in the tank a little bit,” Richt said. “What they need to understand is that it's a very important role. The other thing they need know is that it's how you finish in your career. A couple of years ago, Jarvis Jones was on the scout team and ended up being a first-round draft pick. Thomas Davis was on the scout team and ended up being a first-round draft pick.
“Being on the scout team is not a bad thing. It's an opportunity for those guys to continue to work on their fundamentals and help the team get better."
Murray, Lynch, free safety Connor Norman and defensive end Garrison Smith, all seniors, will serve as captains for the Clemson game.