Fan talk: Is Aaron Murray’s sophomore slump perception or reality?

Aaron Murray throwing interceptions has skewed the perception of how well he's playing. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray throwing interceptions has skewed the perception of how well he's playing. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

If having the other Bulldogs jump on the “G” could get our Dawgs that riled up, imagine what a week of having to listen to “Rocky Top” in practice could do. I know I’d be ready to tear someone’s head off and I’m hoping the Georgia D feels the same way come Saturday. Anyway, time to check in with the Junkyard Mail and see what’s on your minds as the trip to Knoxville approaches ….

Lamar Westbrook writes: I know Aaron Murray is a good QB, last year he proved it, but this year he is a liability to us. I hear Hutson Mason is playing as good or better than him in practice but he does not see the field any. I think Murray would start playing better if he felt threatened by somebody taking over his job. I think he knows the job is his no matter what and this makes him wreckless with the ball. If he doesn’t clean up the picks, it’s going to cost Georgia against a better team (remember the S.C. game)? I think Richt should start Mason one game, even if he only plays 4 minutes or 1 series of the game. This might be a wake up call to Murray because he is better than what he is showing lately. We all know this. Your take please. Thanks and GO DAWGS!

It’s obvious that the three picks Aaron Murray threw last week are responsible for most of the fan grumbling about him this week and talk of giving more playing time to backup Hutson Mason. But while Murray certainly has been responsible for some costly turnovers, he’s still a much better than average SEC quarterback, currently ranking third in the conference and 17th nationally in pass efficiency and ranking near the top of the SEC stats in passing yards and touchdown passes. The perception has been skewed, however, by the interceptions he’s thrown. But benching him for that just makes no sense at all. As for giving Mason more playing time, that’s problematic. He doesn’t have much experience against major opposition, and while I’m all for getting your backup some meaningful playing time (just in case), you generally don’t want to do that until the game has been safely put away. And the Dawgs’ second-half slumber has meant that’s not happening. Everyone points to the guaranteed playing time that D.J. Shockley got when David Greene was the starter, and while that experience no doubt helped Shockley once he became the starter, I clearly remember fans at the time lamenting how pulling Greene and sending in Shockley disrupted the rhythm of the offense. Remember when Shockley was inserted into the game and threw that pick against Florida in 2002? When it comes to Murray, I think former Georgia QB Buck Belue was on the money when he said: “Murray needs to pull his foot off the accelerator a little. … It’s time for him to understand what he can’t get away with. Protect the ball. Make some better decisions. Throw it away, if the play isn’t there.”

HollywoodDawg writes: Blair Walsh? Any thoughts or comments on why he has the “yipes” right now? New snapper? We know he has the same holder. Has the new off-season program affected his kicking? Any injuries to speak of?

It’s the same snapper and holder, and I don’t think they are the problem. It’s strictly between Walsh’s ears, a classic placekicker’s slump. I do think perhaps Walsh ought to listen to kicking great Kevin Butler, who thinks he might be a bit kicked out right now and should cut back on the overall number of kicks he’s making in practice and pregame.

Pete Cornish writes: Your article ignored perhaps a better [SEC expansion] alternative than FSU: Virginia Tech — always a top rate team, a national name, the Virginia/DC TV market and geographical balance to the conference. Like FSU, they would make the SEC East a little more competitive with the stronger SEC West. Also, you didn’t note that while FSU voted for the $20 million ACC exit fee, they and a few others kept it from being $35 million, which is the exit fee the ACC diehards wanted.

You must have missed my earlier pieces on SEC expansion. Virginia Tech has always been my No. 1 choice, for exactly the reasons you cited. But Virginia Tech officials have been pretty adamant that they’re not interested in leaving the ACC, and there’s been a lot of talk that legislators in that state like having VT and Virginia in the same conference. So FSU would be my first choice after Virginia Tech. There’s certainly reasons for possibly taking Missouri as the 14th team, but I still think either of the ACC teams would be a much better addition to the conference.

Mark Whitlock writes: I love your blog. I am taking my son to his first Georgia game. It’s my first since leaving Athens in 1991. His first NCAA game ever. What are the Dawg traditions at away games? I’d love to participate in all of them in Knoxville. Thank you.

Thanks, Mark. There isn’t a formal Dawg Walk for away games usually, but you should find plenty of UGA fans tailgating before the game in Knoxville that you and your son can share a few woofs with. Just look for the red tents! And my friend Steve, who follows the team on the road quite a bit, advises that if you’re around when the Redcoat Band arrives at the stadium, a lot of fans like to gather around them, sort of like a mini Dawg Walk. But the best away game tradition probably is after a Georgia win, when the players run over to the UGA fan section to celebrate. Let’s hope your son gets to experience that this Saturday!

Mike M. writes: Bill, I have noticed a couple of things and wanted to see if you have noticed them, as well. After Isaiah “stepped out of bounds” during his called back “TD” run in the 1st half, he seemed to sulk about it the rest of the game. There were a few close camera shots of his face and it’s almost like he was pouting that it got called back. Being the father of an 18 year old, I know maturity may be an issue. Also, we are not utilizing our obvious advantage of having 270 lb. Bruce Figgins at FB. With his size we have, in essence, another offensive lineman in the backfield getting a head start. Why wouldn’t we go for some of these 4th and short situations handing him the ball like we used to? Mark Richt-coached teams just seem to lack the killer instinct that he showed as an offensive coordinator at FSU. He seems more content with protecting a lead rather than play the psychological game of basically demoralizing the opponent when we get them down. Is he doing or saying something at halftime to cause the team to take their foot off the proverbial throat of our opponents? Are we trying to conserve energy for the next game to avoid a “letdown”? I hate to bring up negatives when we’re winning, but now that our defense is playing so well, it would be nice to have the offense do their part to give the “D” a breather or two.

I was at Saturday’s game and didn’t see the TV coverage, but if Crowell was pouting about anything, it was probably Richt deciding not to go for it on fourth-and-short a couple of times. As for not using the fullback in short-yardage situations, all I can conclude is that the coaches aren’t satisfied with Figgins as a ball carrier yet. Hopefully that will change the more playing time he gets at the position. And I agree that the Dogs need to keep their foot on the pedal in the second half. I hate watching a team sit on a lead.

Chad writes: Do you think all the SEC East teams can win is a division? There was a story on the CBS App that said basically all East teams will be is Miss Congeniality!

Frankly, I think the SEC East team will be the underdog in the championship game, no matter who it is, and rightfully so. A few years back we used to joke about how weak the SEC West was, but that certainly hasn’t been the case the past couple of seasons.

Hairy Dawg with the old UGA fireplug. (Patrick Garbin)

Hairy Dawg with the old UGA fireplug. (Patrick Garbin)

Greg Poole, aka ecdawg, writes: Hey Bill, enjoyed seeing your mention of the fireplug. We have been trying to get a grassroots movement going to bring back the hydrant.

I’m all for it! And courtesy of Bulldogs historian Patrick Garbin, Greg supplied the photo of Hairy Dawg with the plug and a video of the cheerleaders bringing it onto the field ahead of the team in 1980 that you can see here. It’s a grand old tradition that definitely ought to be revived.

Finally, Patrick Brooks writes: Bill, I have a theory that I think provides a good answer to what on the surface appears to be waning student support for the football team. Prior to 2009 students received a ticket book of physical tickets just like every other season ticket holder. Because these physical tickets were distributed before the season started 2 things were true: 1) there was a healthy secondary market whereby students who had a ticket but did not go to a game could sell the ticket to another student and 2) even if the ticket went unused the University had no way to recall the ticket to sell to the general public. Beginning with the 2009 season the University moved to a student ID ticket system where the tickets students ordered were automatically loaded on their student ID cards. This move had many positives, but one big negative was that it destroyed the secondary market. UGA also began a system where if a student was not going to a game they could elect to “donate” their ticket to an online pool before Wednesday on the week of the game and it would be transferred to a student who, again by Wednesday, requested a ticket if one became available. However, because there were no repercussions for choosing not to donate an unused ticket most students chose not to donate. Students desiring tickets quickly learned that their chances of receiving a donated ticket were small so they quit putting in ticket requests. Today the student ticket system is substantially the same, with 2 changes: 1) there is a penalty for not donating tickets (if you fail to donate 3 unused tickets you will not be eligible for tickets next year) and 2) you can donate a ticket to a specific student instead of just to a pool of tickets. The first change is meant to encourage higher attendance (and this is different from a sellout) at games by getting the tickets in the hands of those that want them; the second change has the potential to revive the secondary market. Because there is now a penalty for not donating unused tickets there has been a huge influx of donated tickets, but there has not been a commensurate influx of ticket requests. Because these tickets are electronic and not physical, the University now has the ability to recall these donated and unclaimed tickets and attempt to sell them to the general public. This gives the appearance of a sudden lack of student interest and support in the football team, but really all that has changed is the ticket system students operate under. I believe that as the University continues to improve its system and students learn that there are many tickets available to be claimed the number of tickets that become available on the Wednesday before every home to the general public will decrease. This new system will prevent sellouts the way they used to happen, particularly for our yearly “Coastal Carolina” game, but should end up producing higher attendance.

Whew. I think you’ve pretty well summed it it all up there. Frankly, I never understood why the university really cared about students reselling unused tickets to nonstudents. Seems sort of miserly on the school’s part.

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Nick

October 6th, 2011
12:46 pm

Hand the ball to Crowell and let Figgins lead block. I mean, dad gum, UGA has the biggest OL in football and you’re telling me we can’t get an inch or two on third down against an undersized MS State team?? Yeah terrific, hand it to Samuel with no lead blocker. If he needs an inch, he’ll lose one. That’s a guarantee.
CMR’s bullheadedness with continuing to feed him the ball when it clearly doesn’t work is exactly the same thing he did relentlessly with Tony Milton in the early days. Ya’ll remember? Same results every time. My dead grandmother could tackle both of those guys without moving. And as far as running Thomas, heck yeah, run him, but stop feeding it to him up the middle. He’s not big enough to pound it up in there. That guy is classic slant/sweep material.

funny...

October 6th, 2011
12:46 pm

oh joe, you idiot.

I love you, you’ve made me chuckle this afternoon.

This is why I love college football.

GT Joe

October 6th, 2011
12:47 pm

sure kevin, Richt is 2-1 with FAR SUPERIOR TALENT, and those games were nail biters. No one does less with more than Richt.

And yes, the best team we played is UNC. #25 that week. And the best team we BEAT was UNC. Who is the best team you beat?

Cdpridg

October 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

GT Joe…posting garbage every minute?? Does that make you feel like you are doing something that your team rarely does….which is win something??

JK

October 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

GT Joe, give up already. We are all laughing at your delusional attempts to find a reason to be a GT fan. You sound like a confused politician spewing out meaningless facts that only support what you want to believe while leaving out the facts that point to the truth.

Expert Opinion

October 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

@GT Joe

MSU was ranked #16 — earlier this year. What is UNC’s ranking now?

McDawg

October 6th, 2011
12:54 pm

regarding Walsh and i think this is HUGE particularly on the road–wonder if all the kicking out of the end zone is messing up his FG attempts

joe suggs

October 6th, 2011
12:54 pm

Go to GaTech ! That is where dudes date other dudes.

Luke

October 6th, 2011
12:54 pm

I know Aaron Murray is a good QB, last year he proved it, but this year he is a liability to us.

REALLY?????? hmmm…REALLY???? This guy has yet to beat a team with a winning record…his stats are padded vs losers……he has cost us games last year and this year……..Please explain to me HOW murray is such a great QB…ALL SEC???? Please tell me what he has done against WINNING TEAMS?

kevin

October 6th, 2011
12:55 pm

Richt has underachieved the past 3 seasons, but prior to that, he did just fine.

UNC was a joke at #25. Miss St. is easily as good if not better than UNC.

Here’s the thing. I am happy for GT fans that their team is doing well, but it’s pretty ridiculous when you come on UGA blogs and talking about running the state, being the only relevant team, etc. UGA has dominated GT on Richt’s watch. Just like it would be absurd for me to go on a Florida blog and talk trash, it’s absurd for you to.

UGA lost to 1 of the 5 best teams in the country and lost to SC. And, if you watched the SC game, you’d see that we dominated SC the entire game. Flukey plays and a bs offsides call on an onside kick cost us the game.

Like you do every year, you will get a chance to beat UGA. Best of luck.

Luke

October 6th, 2011
12:56 pm

I hear Hutson Mason is playing as good or better than him in practice but he does not see the field any. I think Murray would start playing better if he felt threatened by somebody taking over his job. I think he knows the job is his no matter what and this makes him wreckless with the ball. If he doesn’t clean up the picks, it’s going to cost Georgia against a better team (remember the S.C. game)

MAYBE SOMEONE ON THIS COACHING STAFF CAN ADDRESS THIS POST…….I THINK WE ALL WOULD LIKE AN ANSWER TO THIS NOT JUST THE COINED ONE OF “The OLine needs to block better, pass protect better….blah blah blah….last time I checked the OLine didnt make the QB fling the ball around trying to make something happen and fumble thus COSTING us the SC game…….HMMMMMMMMM

djdawg

October 6th, 2011
12:57 pm

I think like was said right now the problem with walsh is between his ears. Best thing that CMR could do is stop running him out there for 51.52,53 yard kicks!!!! Build his confidence up by getting him a few closer kicks!!!

kevin

October 6th, 2011
1:01 pm

Luke,

In all but 1 game last year (UF), Murray’s play kept us in the game while others gave it away. To say that he’s never beaten a winning team is unfair at best. He cannot do it alone. I’d say that when you have the 2nd best QB rating in UGA history, score the 2nd most TDs in UGA history, rank top 20 QB ratings in all of college football and have the #1 QB in all freshmen in college football, you’re pretty good.

All of this talk about Murray not being good and a liability is absurd to anyone who knows anything about football.

kevin

October 6th, 2011
1:04 pm

Again, blaming Murray for a SC loss that included a poorly defended fake punt for a TD, a bs offsides call and a Crowell fumble for that went for a TD is ridiculous.

Cdpridg

October 6th, 2011
1:05 pm

Say it ain’t so gt joe…where did you go?? Did you take your nerf football and run home crying to mommy.

Expert Opinion

October 6th, 2011
1:05 pm

@Luke

It’s simple and easy to blame everything on the QB. The truth is that Georgia is lacking in talent across the board. The O-line is big, but inexperienced and ineffective. Georgia has no proven running back nor game changing receivers.

Even when some of the fans figure this out and look to the coaching staff, they tend to want to blame everything on the assistants, all the while ignoring the man responsible for hiring and directing the assistants.

When your quarterback gets slammed immediately after receiving the snap and fumbles the ball, you can say that the O-line didn’t do it… There’s definitely something that the O-line didn’t do when that happens — It’s called blocking.

kevin

October 6th, 2011
1:05 pm

By the way, going into the MSU game, Murray had the 2nd best TD to INT ratio in the SEC. H had a bad game. And, he also had, by Richt’s admission, an oline that could not properly pass protect for most of it.

DAWG with two bags over head

October 6th, 2011
1:08 pm

Murray’s definitely in a slump and he’s definitely overrated. Mason should get playing time in games like the MSU one, but not against UF unless Murray completely falls apart like last year.

kevin

October 6th, 2011
1:09 pm

Expert Opinion,

While I appreciate your take regarding the o-line playing poorly at times, your comment “Georgia is lacking talent across the board” is absurd. Malcolm Mitchell has emerged as one of the best freshman WR in the country, Orson Charles is the best TE in the country and Crowell is the best freshman RB in the country. The offensive line is thin, but the starting 5 are playing relatively well given that they have no rest for 4 quarters due to injuries. Our defense is 1 of the 10 best in the country as of now and 2nd best behind Bama in the SEC.

Expert Opinion

October 6th, 2011
1:10 pm

You’re a good fan kevin.

longhorn

October 6th, 2011
1:11 pm

The winningest QB in College Football History had a sophmore slump and through a bunch of int’s. See Colt McCoy’s stats. He’ll settle down and finish strong. Humility is what he needs, and he’s getting it.

GT Joe's girlfriend

October 6th, 2011
1:11 pm

don’t try and tell me that you haven’t been seeing lefty palm and her five sisters behind my back…

Expert Opinion

October 6th, 2011
1:16 pm

@kevin

I didn’t say that Georgia has no talented players. My only point is that, unlike Tennessee, Georgia shouldn’t be in the position of building a team from scratch. You shouldn’t be stuck relying on a Freshman running back and you should have adequate depth so that your starters aren’t winded.

That’s all I’m saying.

Spaceman Spiff

October 6th, 2011
1:18 pm

GT Joe = Technerd troll looking for a handout. So let’s take a look at who the mightly bees have beaten. Who? Wow, UNC? That’s a real powerhouse, for sure. What is even funnier than how you say – what is it, we brag – is that you try to sell us that GT has played and beaten real powerhouses… Oh my, oh my what are we going to do? You know what’s even funnier? Even though we have been so bad as you say last year, we still beat the ‘nerds…

Oh how I love it when the technerds live vicariously through us since they can’t beat us!

kevin

October 6th, 2011
1:21 pm

Expert Opinion,

I hear you and tend to agree. Though, injuries and people leaving the team (oline, caleb king and ealey) are sometimes hard to predict.

For me, I am super happy to see UGA playing defensive football. I think they have been dominant since the Boise game and continue to improve. Now, if they could only learn not to get DUIs…:)

Alphare

October 6th, 2011
1:21 pm

Bill

“sophomore slump”? do you mean he was good before? how come I couldn’t tell during your winning season last year?

WDE

October 6th, 2011
1:25 pm

Some one told me there was a chance that Game Day would be held on North Ave the day of the Clemson/Bug game. I assured that person that the only way Herb and Co could survive North Ave for 3 hours was if they Super Size the Pope Mobile…

Run the ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

Call it what you want but Aaron Murray isn’t the same QB as last year. He hasn’t improved and it seems there has been a marked regression. I knew BoBo stunk as a play caller but I felt he was a good QB coach. I am beginning to rethink my stance on that. Murray refuses to get rid of the ball quickly. He has poor downfield vision due to his height and he stares right at the receiver he’s going to throw to, usually Orson Charles. One cannot gauge Hutson Mason as a starter but he is more accurate and has a stronger arm, he’s taller too and that is a major help for downfield vision. You always hear from BoBo and Richt that there is always competition at every position BUT QB. They have said so many times that Murray is the starter come what may. We will never know unless Murray is injured for a length of time.

The keys to winning at Tennessee are really quite simple:

1. The Defense must continue to play at a high level. In reality Tennessee has no running game, zilch. So our front 3 should be able to handle stopping the run pretty effectively. Tennessee is a passing team; if our front 3 can tie up their OL, then that’s going to free up Jarvis Jones to wreck havoc in the backfield. We don’t have to necessasarily sack Bray a lot, just get those hits in when we can and pressure him. Jarvis Jones and Chase Vasser can supply the heat and on the plus side Vasser is much better at covering than Washington.

2. RUN THE BALL…. Do you hear me BoBo? RUN THE BALL…. When you’re not running the ball, use screen passes, slants and quick outs. KEEP THE CLOCK RUNNING! With Crowell, Samuel, Thomas and Malcome (if he will get his collective act together) we can control the ball and wear down the Tennessee defense. If BoBo plays his cards right he will never need to throw a pass over 15 yards; however, if the defense pulls safeties up to defend the run, then a play-action deep route could break big… Love Malcolm Mitchell’s speed.

Tennessee is not as good as South Carolina; however, they’re a notch above the Mississippi contingent, we will get tested but if we play our cards right we escape Neyland Stadium with a “W”.

Josh

October 6th, 2011
1:33 pm

I hardly believe Murray is in a Sophomore slump. His numbers are too good to be considered a slump. Before his bad game on against Mississippi State, he was more accurate and had equivocal numbers. In fact if you took Murray up to the same number of pass attempts he would have had about as many yards and more touchdowns. The only are stat that wasn’t really in murray’s favor was interception which he would have had one more. I know you can’t always look at numbers to tell what a player is going to do. That is why the game is played. Murray had a bad game and barely completed half his passes and didn’t have many tds or yards and had 3 interceptions. he is human, and people can have a bad day. If I recall right it was really his first bad game, with maybe the first half of the Florida game. what is impressive about Murray’s bad game is that despite the ints he actually had a pretty solid game. It just didn’t meet his standards or the ones we have for him because he has excelled. We like to look at Murray’s 6 ints and say he is making bad decisions and bad throws, when in fact he has been making good decisions and good passes. A lot of fans are looking at the numbers as saying he isn’t doing the job, but are too blind to realize that we are seeing just how good A.J Green and Kris Durham were. I think of the pass against boise that got picked, Green or Durham probably come down with it. However the freshman Mitchell doesn’t, it was clearly a lack of his experience. I think we see him make that catch a hundred times before he is gone, and when he doesn’t he will learn to knock it away. There is the pass against USC to Charles, it was in a good location, maybe a little behind, but catchable. However, the safety jumped the route and made a good play. then there was the pass that hit off of Kings ( I think I have the receiver right) hands, should have been caught. Then there is the pass to Charles against Miss State that hit him in the chest, again should have been caught. Then there was another against miss State where Murray expected the receiver to do something he didn’t do, just miss communication. I think the last int was just a bad pass, however that is one out of six that is from poor play. Not to say everything is not Murray’s fault, he has rushed some passes and made some poor decision. A lot of these can be attributed to poor pass protection. he has also had a ton of passes dropped. When you actually look at it there are a lot of similarities to the 2003 season, with exception to the experience of the skill players. that year David Greene threw a lot of interception 11 to be exact. That is with Fred Gibson, Reggie Brown, Leonard Pope, and Damien Gary Receiving. Easy to have a lot of confidence with those guy catching the ball. With exception of Orson Charles, Murray doesn’t have a lot of experienced or established receivers that have earned a lot of confidence. We have some good looking young guys that will get there, but aren’t there yet. As these guys get better so will Murray’s numbers. I think if Bobo will call some plays to take the pressure off of the inexperienced offensive line, put the receivers in positions to make high efficiency catches and get in space, let crowell get into space running the ball, and use Samuel to occasionally bull through the line to keep the defenses honest, we will be just fine. We have a lot of young guys who are getting better everyday and I think we will have a good team. I also think if we can hang in there to the end and end up in Atlanta, if we keep improving like we have, we could actually compete with an LSU or Alabama, that is unless we peak ( and I hope not)

Mark

October 6th, 2011
1:34 pm

@WDE

That’s too funny…

dawgfacedboy

October 6th, 2011
1:34 pm

GT fans talking trash to UGA fans is like UGA fans talking trash to UF fans. It shouldn’t be done.

kevin

October 6th, 2011
1:37 pm

Before the Miss St. game, Murrays YPG, TD to INT ratio and QB rating were all better than last year when he was 1 of the top 20 QBs in the country and the single best freshman. He had a bad game against MSU. It happens. Especially, as has already been pointed out, when your pass protection is sub par.

Mark

October 6th, 2011
1:41 pm

@ Josh

Well said. What some on here (not the trolls) don’t realize is summed up in your post. Murray is human and will have ups/downs, and if someone says that the greatest qbs never have bad days, etc., then I have a bridge to sell them. Then there are those who so desperately want to see Mason in there because supposedly “he is more accurate and has a stronger arm.” First off, Mason may do well in practice – but that’s just what it is – practice – oh yeah, can’t forget the stellar performance against coastal carolina! Or in jax last year (sarcasm)… But to bring in Mason in a highly pressured situation based on that, is plain stupid…

Truth is...

October 6th, 2011
1:44 pm

Hell no. No slump. Just another over rated, over hyped, mutt.

AltamahaDawg

October 6th, 2011
1:44 pm

I hope to heck Lamar Westbrook is not his real name. I’d hate to know somebody real will get teased mercilessly for those comments.

Chris

October 6th, 2011
1:50 pm

GT Joe – maybe you should go argue with the experts.

blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2011/10/06/espn-foresees-a-bad-moon-risin-for-georgia-techs-defense/

Spaceman Spiff

October 6th, 2011
1:52 pm

Truth is… = another bitter technerd troll…it must really be sad to have to make such posts because you are so bitter…heck, I would be too if I was a tech fan and the team gets slapped like a red-headed step child each and every year…

Oh how I love it when the technerds live vicariously through us because they can’t beat us…

DawginLex

October 6th, 2011
1:57 pm

I’m glad I left this blog.

Hopefully, GT Joe has been banned

If not, here are some facts:

I don’t steal blog handles and post under other’s names.
Georgia doesn’t need anyone to do anything for them, just win the games ahead.
Murray needs to get his act together and win these last 7 games and shutup the talk of he can’t beat anyone.
If Murray does keep turning the ball over, next spring will be a 3 person QB competition.

Truth is...

October 6th, 2011
2:01 pm

A Murray 9-9!!! ALL SEC!!! YEAH! LMAO!

Dawg Tired

October 6th, 2011
2:02 pm

I see GT Joe is once again coming on and commenting in connection with an article that has ZERO to do with his school. The boy needs a psychiatrist. Now that’s really sad.

yzfrider2001

October 6th, 2011
2:02 pm

@DawginLex

Couldn’t agree with you more…

Rocky Flop

October 6th, 2011
2:03 pm

Bring back Reggie Ball. He was uga’s best player.

Spaceman Spiff

October 6th, 2011
2:03 pm

@Truth is… you forgot to add “undefeated against GT”

GT Joe

October 6th, 2011
2:03 pm

Sorry Lexy, not banned. No reason to ban me. This is america right?

Dawg Tired

October 6th, 2011
2:04 pm

Exactly what are “equivocal numbers?” I know what “equivocal” means and I know what “numbers” means, but “equivocal numbers” in the context used by Josh above is basically nonsensical.

GODAWGS75

October 6th, 2011
2:04 pm

Richt stays with quarterbacks they way he does his coaching staff, never wanting to switch or make changes. That is why he is on the hot seat right now.
GT Joke, you will see soon, your hopes and dreams of being a real team will soon be over and you will be back to the GT Blog complaining about your joke of a team.

Spaceman Spiff

October 6th, 2011
2:06 pm

GT Joe, the most useless poster of them all…and supporter of the mighty bees and their dominant program against top tier teams…

Dawg Tired

October 6th, 2011
2:07 pm

Certainly no reason for the paper to ban GT Joe. However, a sane person would ban himself from camping out on another team’s blog. He should be on the Tech blog celebrating and discussing his own team’s success this season. It may be that logic, or even common sense, is not his strong suit.

KalliDogg

October 6th, 2011
2:07 pm

Not quite clear on the Murray defense. It seems to be that, from looking at conference statistics, he’s fine. In other words, there’s nothing wrong at the QB position and everybody who thinks there is just has it wrong. I guess that’s possible. Maybe my eyes aren’t seeing what they think they are and I should consult the conference stat sheets instead.

But, that said, you didn’t address a point I’ve made a couple of times.

It’s not the fans, alone, who have suggested giving Hutson Mason more playing time. It’s the COACHES who said it. The coaches, including Richt and Bobo, said he should get more playing time, how great he’d been in the Spring and in practices and that he’d “earned it.”

We haven’t seen him in a game since.

Just like Alice in Wonderland sometimes around those two (Bobo and Richt), just gets curiouser and curiouser.

Rocky Flop

October 6th, 2011
2:09 pm

@DawginLex, I agree about the next year comment. But in fairness to AM he has had to play with an o-line that as we all know has been riddled with injures and inexperience. I hope my boys can just cope with the crowd noise,the constant headache of all that orange and that horrible song.