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.