Dogs’ freshman QB Murray confident he can run offense

Kind of light on hard recruiting news front this afternoon so I’ll leave you with a short Q&A session I had with Georgia freshman quarterback Aaron Murray yesterday. Like I said before, I also talked to tailback Washaun Ealey, wideout Rantavious Wooten and tight end Arthur Lynch and I’ll get around to their stuff eventually. I’ll be checking in with some Georgia Tech freshmen next week and look in on the new gridders at Georgia State as well. Now on to Murray. . . .

Q: Looks like it was close to 100 degrees out there today. How’s the heat in Athens compare to Tampa?

A: “It’s pretty hot. I’d say it’s about the same, especially on that turf. It’s like 10 degrees hotter. It’s not as humid as Tampa but it’s still pretty hot. You’ve got guys like Arthur Lynch from Boston, you know it’s a lot hotter than it is up there.”

Q: Let’s talk about recruiting a little bit. What are some of the realities you’ve encountered that the coaches weren’t telling you about during the recruiting process?

A: “The coaches get after you out there in practice but they’re just trying to make sure you’re improving. Some of the coaches say, if I’m not yelling at you or screaming at you, I probably don’t care if you get better or worse. So you just have to take the criticism in stride and realize they’re trying to make you better for the team and for yourself.”

Q: What about the 5:30 a.m. wake-up calls?

A. “I knew all that was going to happen. Fall practice is not easy. It’s a grind out there and you really have to be physically and mentally prepared for it. They don’t tell you about how tough it’s going to be in recruiting but it’s my first year and I have four years to prepare for it.”

Q: Obviously senior Joe Cox is the undisputed starter at quarterback. Is your goal to unseat him or to become the undisputed No. 2 guy?

A: “We’re all going out there and just trying to get better every day. We’re trying to get better for the team and better for ourselves. So whoever’s in that one spot or that two spot is going to do a good job. We’re just going to work real hard and see what happens. We’ll leave it up to the coaches.”

Q: Is the biggest challenge learning the playbook?

A: “We pretty much installed the whole playbook during the spring time and we went over it all in the summer during team practice sessions and 7-on-7 and stuff like that. Joe worked with us, with Zach [Mettenberger] and I, to make sure we know the plays pretty well. There’s some new stuff we’ve installed but we pretty much know the basis and we’ll just continue to learn it every day.”

Q: How much did Joe’s tutorials help?

A: “It was huge. Joe knows the playbook inside and out pretty much. So we’d just bounce questions off him and have little quizzes. It was definitely very, very beneficial.”

Q: How beneficial was being here this past spring?

A: “I definitely feel a lot better. I’m definitely more comfortable out there. I’m not nervous or shocked like, ‘oh my God, I’m going against college guys.’ The speed of the game, I’m still trying to get used to that. But I definitely feel more comfortable out there and a little more confident in myself.”

OK, that’s it for now. Going forward, be sure to come in here and tell me some of the things you’d like to see me report on with regard to recruiting. We’re entering into the dog days of summer and it’s getting quieter on the recruiting trail. I plan to profile as many of the top prospects as I can get to. But let me know what you’d most like to read or learn more about. After all, I’m here to serve.

Thanks for hanging out.

75 comments Add your comment


August 7th, 2009
5:04 pm

From what i have seen in the spring and the workouts, Aaron Murray is the real deal, and he is surrounded with playmakers. he will play one day….at what level??? a HIGH level…. Go dawgs


August 7th, 2009
5:12 pm

big dog

August 7th, 2009
5:20 pm

can you beat Fla.

Saint Simons

August 7th, 2009
5:47 pm

Hes gonna kick our Tech asses –I know that but hahahahahah anyway. He and Orson Charles are gonna put the screws to us Techies….


August 7th, 2009
5:48 pm

Thanks for the write up. All of us here in the DawgNation really look forward to Aaron’s time with us. He sounds like a fine young man, and I look forward to the future articles on my Dawgs and the baby Jackets.

Dawg Dude

August 7th, 2009
5:49 pm

I say we redshirt Murray along with all our other recruits since Florida has pretty much been crowned this year already.


August 7th, 2009
5:55 pm

Josh Murray…Never heard of him before a nice catch this week..How long has he been a dawg? Why didnt we hear abut him during the recruiting of his brother Aaron? Was it a Pkg deal?


August 7th, 2009
5:56 pm

Murray will go 3-0 as a starter against FLA.

Atl Nole

August 7th, 2009
6:04 pm

Aron Murry is the real deal. He is the best QB Georgia has.

Carl Spackler

August 7th, 2009
6:19 pm

Red shirt the freshman…I’ll bet there is not one of these freshman who do not think they should not be starting, or to at least be starting by the end of the year…I hope this comes out right but, these kids aren’t used to not playing…they were the “creme of the crop,” the guys all the top programs were willing to hand a scholarship…riding pine isn’t even in their thought patterns…these freshman will be pushing the upper classmen, and when given the chance, well they aren’t going to give it up the position so easily…if these guys can play as freshman, well then UGA will have other 5 star recruits lining up, because they know that they have a chance of playing immediately…heck, even JoePa has given in to playing the best players; whether freshman or not….playing freshmen is a great recruiting tool…you can’t coach attitude…Go DAWGS


August 7th, 2009
7:09 pm

The future looks pretty good for the program….I would say we have an excellent chance of winning a NC any year now !!Go Dawgs!!!!


August 7th, 2009
7:13 pm

I believe both freshmen QBs will be redshirted this season unless there is an injury. Murray will be the BEST QB in the SEC the next 3 seasons.

Chris Dwyer

August 7th, 2009
7:29 pm

Aaron Murray has it all. I was a little worried about his army watching the U.S. Army game. Heck he had only been rehabing his ankle for around 3 months. All my worry was resolved when I watched him throw at the spring game. He has a very good arm. Logan Gray has enough to step in if the need is there. Mark Richt is the best quarterback coach in CF. They are always ready and he protects the hell out of them. I think Cox is up to taking this team. He has lead a great off season with the help of owens and curran. Boling is silent as all our OL but stacey wants that. It will be the best OL in the Nation if Trinton is OK. Watch. Move Boling where and if there is a need.


August 7th, 2009
7:30 pm

He may not have been as heralded as Stafford, but I think Murray will go down as a better quarterback and as one of the best in Georgia’s history. I am very excited about this young man. As far as what I would like to see reported, I would like to know what similarities and differences you see in pre-season practice this year compared to last year and of course how the tailbacks look.


August 7th, 2009
7:55 pm

On and off the field, Aaron seems to be a great young man. Good luck and God bless him.

third quarter fan

August 7th, 2009
8:11 pm

Cox surely must know that if you dogz don’t beat stillwater (or if cox throws a pick-even just one), you can kiss a red shirt so long….


August 7th, 2009
8:14 pm

I’ve been saying this for some time now that Aaron Murray should start on day one. This kid is special, but I’m afraid that CMR will stick with Joe Cox. BIG MISTAKE if he does.


August 7th, 2009
8:17 pm

Speaking of the recruiting trail and that it’s cooling off, Chip. Have you heard any time line on Jeff Luc or Sharrif as to when they will announce? I wonder if they are waiting until Febuary to announce. I have always felt that if a player knows where he wants to go he should go ahead and verbally commit as soon as possible. I feel this shows maturity to not only help the team of his choice to know what to expect but also give the other teams who have been courting the prospect the courtesy of helping them in order to pursue other recruits in the meantime. Hope we could land at least one of these guys but guess time will tell. Go Dawgs!!


August 7th, 2009
8:22 pm

Logan is number 2. He will start next year. Everyone always likes the newest guy especially at QB. Murray has a slightly better arm but Logan is a better athlete and knows the offense better.


August 7th, 2009
8:22 pm

Don’t you stupid Dawg fans know Saint Simons is on the AJC staff to stir up the pot? So juvenile… and you guys are so stupid to fall for it.

Gators Will Pay

August 7th, 2009
8:39 pm

Chip you aksed what we would like to know about, so here are some thoughts.

*How much do the recruits discuss amongst themselves which school they will sign with in 7 on 7
*Is there strategy in signing with schools?
*What is the impression of recruits of Mark Richt versus Erbin Meyer or the Mad Hatter?
*What can UGA do to improve recruiting?
*What are the negatives about UGA from other studs that did not sign with UGA?
*Why do so many atheletes pass on their senoir season with UGA preventing contention for BSC?

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2009
9:18 pm

I read that Jeff Luc recently cut his list to 9, yes, 9 teams. So I don’t think he will be committing to anyone any time soon. In an article in the Orlando paper he said he was looking forward to his HS season and taking ALL his visits this fall before making a decision. Georgia, LSU, USC, and Ohio State are all out of state schools pushing hard to get a commit from the kid, but I think he will end up playing for one of the three Florida schools (FSU, Miami, or Florida)…hopefully, the Gators.


August 7th, 2009
9:37 pm

Front page of “Tickle piles break out as Tech puts pads on”


August 7th, 2009
9:39 pm

I kinda agree with you on the in state selection for Luc. However, I know the Dawgs got his team mate and feloow line backer (help me here with his name) to commit and I am sure that the Dawgs are playing that for all it is worth. But who knows, Orson Charles signs with the Dawgs, Bennett verbally commits for 2010 and yet Mack Brown out of GA gives the thumbs up to the Gators. Never can count your chickens these days until they are hatched. Does anyone know how many minutes and seconds until openning day? I am counting them down.

Ali Akbar Allah is a Terrorist

August 7th, 2009
9:43 pm

I’m 25th… which if Tech is lucky the highest they will be ranked at the end of the year.


August 7th, 2009
10:00 pm

Murray may red shirt, but I doubt it. The kid has a 5.0 HS average so he will probably graduate in three and a half years. Richt’s new program allows a player to graduate a semister early so he can prepare for the NFL draft. Murray came in a semister early and has a summer semister in the bag, so red shirt him and you waste a year. Murray needs to carry the clipboard on the sidelines and get as many reps with the first and second string as possible. Later in the year and at garbage time he needs some game experence. I don’t think this boy needs to qb the scout team, he needs reps with UGA’s playbook.


August 7th, 2009
10:07 pm

Every account I’ve heard say Murray has the heart, attitude, style, and physical stature. He’ll be a great one.

Baton Rouge Dawg

August 7th, 2009
10:09 pm

STAT: Georgia 8 : 2 against defending national chaps
Georgia 2 : 0 against Florida when they were defending National Champs


August 7th, 2009
10:26 pm

Can we get a list and bios on those who have committed to the Dawgs for 2010?

Saint Simons

August 7th, 2009
10:30 pm

I wonder what i’m going to do when Georgia demolishes my beloved Jackets this season. Oh Well, i still have a couple more months

Saint Simons

August 7th, 2009
10:35 pm

Oh yeah, for the record, i think Murray is going to be a solid all-sec type performer next season. Similar to what we saw with Stafford, the coaches have to play with Murray’s potential over Gray’s experience. I like how we are replenishing talent at such a critical position like QB.

On a quick side note, i’m really looking forward to how the RB circus is going to play out. You have to think that with Thomas’ playmaking ability, he should impress coaches enough to be, i think, part of a two-back rotation with either King or Samuel.


August 7th, 2009
11:11 pm

I miss Roswell Ed!

Carl Spackler

August 7th, 2009
11:42 pm

To bdawg concerning Josh Murray…Josh is Aaron’s older brother who played baseball in the Milwaukee Brewers in something like the 2nd or 3 rd round…I believe he played 4 or 5 yrs and was hurt (broken hand/wrist or something along those lines) and either he walked away or they released him, I’m not real sure…he was drafted out of H.S. and I believe MLB has to padd money to the signing agreement to allow him to go to college if he so chooses…anyway, he was something like Mr. Florida in baseball (I believe Aaron was Mr. Florida in football) and their father was a major league pitcher w/ Toronto (I think)…Josh and Aaron both could have played any sport, but one played baseball and the other football only and I’m sure they could have excelled at any sport they wanted to play…Josh is a walk-on and is a beast (a taller/heavier version of Aaron)…I imagine he’s just looking to make the team as a special teams guy, but I’m sure w/ time he could play strong safety and deliver some thunderous hits, heck maybe bulk him up and turn him loose as a pass rushing specialist from the DE position (Orson Charles was used this way in H.S.)…BTW, I heard they have a younger sister who’s a better athlete than the two brothers…


August 7th, 2009
11:48 pm

Luc is coming to UGA if they don’t lose patience and run out of scholarships.


August 8th, 2009
12:03 am

I like the way the kid handled the questions and I think that he will start next year. Most people seem to want to dismiss Joe Cox as some kind of sentimental starter like Joe T III. Cox was highly recruited out of high school. Unfortunately for Joe, we signed a guy named Stafford that Mel Kiper annointed as the first pick in the draft,when he was only in high school. Joe Cox is going to be second team all SEC this year. Not bad.


August 8th, 2009
12:15 am

Luc’s teammate Deon Rogers, also a linebacker, has already committed to the Dawgs, so I say there is a good chance UGA gets one of those visits if not the commitment.


August 8th, 2009
12:42 am

I’m a huge Tech fan but I think Murray is the real deal. Give him a year to get his feet wet, test the waters, and he’ll be a hell of a football player. Now I’ll always hate his guts because he plays for the mutts, but still he’ll be a worthy opponent.


August 8th, 2009
12:56 am

I guess by bloggers standards, Mattenberger might as well transfer right ? Wrong ! This kid is good, real good, but I don’t think you just give him the job next season. The Mattenberger kid is 6′5 230lbs with a cannon of a arm, lives in the same neighborhood as OC Bobo. You honestly think he didn’t get pointers? Next year will be interesting in spring, but you people who insist Cox will be benched by mid season really don’t know football. LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR, COX WAS RANKED THE 6TH BEST QB IN THE COUNTRY coming out of Independence H.S. Not every QB can say I was sitting behind the #1 Draft Pick in the NFL, and played behind a SEC championship QB who also is in the pro’s, and was the second best QB coming out of high school his senior year(SHOCKLEY). When all is said and done this year, dawg fans will remember the lil redhead who could. P.S. don’t he remind you of Jeff Garcia in the NFL!!!


August 8th, 2009
1:35 am

So who are the top four or five recuits Georgia really wants now…and thinks they can get ???


August 8th, 2009
1:40 am

First off, I hate Jeff Garcia, second, Joe Cox is not only the quarterback of this team, he is the team. If you can’t gather that from all the stuff coming out of spring and now fall, you don’t read enough. Joe Cox is not Joe T, everybody knew Joe T sucked. Joe Cox will lead us to a SEC Championship, BOOK IT! This team is ready to GATA! Here is to the gator Faq’s who will be shocked when we jump into the swamp and eat that gator azz, just bulldawg bait!

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

August 8th, 2009
4:25 am

In case you didnt know, high school football in Charlotte, NC sucks. I went to many a game at Independence and Providence. F’in hilarious. Just like Cox’s pic. His game at OK State is gonna be ROFLCOPTOR. I cant wait to get on here and watch the meltdow.


August 8th, 2009
6:40 am

Another high profile QB, supposedly taking DAWGS to the championship. Not as long as Florida is in the SEC and Meyer is the coach there..Why do highly recruited QB’s never live up to the expectations, wonder why. Stafford was supposed to lead them but we all know what happened their. Good luck Murray, hope you do well and maybe the Dawgs and the AU tigers can play for the SEC. Yes i know last yr was difficult for AU, promise we will suprise folks this yr, trust me

follow the money trail

August 8th, 2009
7:46 am

Can’t wait to see Aaron play. I feel Cox will have a great year, though. People don’t remember him coming into the Colorado game and bailing out Stafford,and the fact that he threw a touchdown pass against the gators when Stafford couldn’t. And don’t give me that crap about FL not caring about the score at that point.

Top Dogg

August 8th, 2009
8:02 am

Your right Murray does have a sister,word is GT wants her for inside linebacker on there NC team!

Joe Philbert

August 8th, 2009
8:13 am

I hope Murray is more of a leader than Stafford was. Stafford was more worried about his pro career than beating the Gators. I hope that Murray is a leader like Tebow. Actually, I hope that Murray is just like Stafford. Go Gators!


August 8th, 2009
8:29 am

From what I have been hearing Murray and Zack will redshirt because Logan Gray looks like a freak of nature and will push Cox early. Gray is not some “stand in” but a potential All American. His skills are really a cut above. Murry or Mettenberger will wait years before they see time as a starter. Zack will probably transfer and will probably do well elsewhere.
Sad but true.

Ali Akbar Allah

August 8th, 2009
8:33 am

Infidels please stop slandering my name, and Murray will be 0-5 lifetime against the Jackets.

Who Cares

August 8th, 2009
8:44 am


August 8th, 2009
9:52 am

John Brantley……remember that name because he’ll be the next Gator QB to kick the puppies ass

Dawg Pound

August 8th, 2009
10:02 am

Get ready stillwater!!! The bulldog nation is coming. 4.5 point underdogs?!! We got your underdogs. Lets get it!!! Woof Woof Woof!!!