This year’s annual Georgia Football Spring Game (otherwise known as G-Day) was much different than last years 93,000 fan turnout. The turnout was not 93,000 but it was not terrible considering around 60,000 people showed up to the game. Since UGA reintroduced the famous black jerseys this past season, the jerseys were available for use in this year’s spring game, so the theme was red vs. black.
The game this year was played way different. Instead of playing 15 minutes with a clock that starts and stops, they play 15 minutes and the clock runs continuously (only stopping for injuries, turnovers, scores, etc.) until four minutes are left in the quarter.
The game itself had a sluggish start but followed with several great plays. Jacob Eason, the Quarterback for the black team started off slow but started to pick up the rhythm late in the first quarter. Eason went 16-for-36 passing with 311 yards 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Freshman Quarterback for the red team, Jake Fromm turned many heads with his performance. Fromm went 14-for-23 passing with 277 yards and 2TDs. This could have helped him gain ground on Eason for the starting position.
A dark horse of the game came from wide receiver Tyler Simmons of the red team. Simmons hauled in 5 passes for a total of 119 yards. Included in the 119 yards was a 70-yard touchdown catch.
However, Simmons was not the leading receiver of the game. Terry Godwin was the leading receiver of the game with 5 catches accounting for 130 yards.
Elijah Holyfield and newcomer Prather Hudson were studs in the backfield. Elijah, son of boxing legend, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, impressed many fans with 15 carries for 41 yards and 1 TD reception that went for 17 yds. Hudson, another dark horse for the red team, led the game in rushing with 7 carries for 45 yards.
A surprise to most fans, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb didn’t see much playing time, which was definitely a smart move by head coach Kirby Smart. The risk of injury in the game was high and Smart does not want injuries before the season starts.
On the defensive side of the ball, Richard LeCounte lead the game in tackles with 9 of them. After the overall defensive performance of G-Day, Georgia’s defense may become one of the nation’s best this season.
The game concluded with a score of 25-22 with the red team victorious over the black team.