ATHENS — Some of you have noticed in photos from Georgia’s spring football practices that quarterback Aaron Murray is wearing a glove on his throwing hand.
Which, of course, has led to the question: What’s up with that?
Basically, Murray said after practice Tuesday, it’s a spring-practice experiment.
Surrounded by a half dozen reporters in the Butts-Mehre building -– hey, welcome to life in the limelight — Murray said he just happened to wear a glove for the first time when throwing on his own on a particularly cold day this winter, surprisingly liked the results and has stuck with it, even on a nice, sunny day like Tuesday.
“The ball is pretty slick,” Murray said. “I felt good with [the glove], so I tried it out for a couple of more weeks and continued to like it. So I finally talked to the coaches about it. They said if I want to try it out, spring is a good time to try it out. ”
So far, he feels it provides a better grip and more control of the ball.
Whether Murray, who is battling for the starting quarterback job, continues to wear the glove into the season remains to be determined.
Gloves have become a bit of a trend among NFL quarterbacks, with Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, among others, wearing them in games in recent seasons. Warner wore them in all games the past three years, even in Arizona. Others wear them only in cold-weather games.
As with many things in football, there are arguments on both sides of quarterbacks wearing gloves. Some say it improves grip and ball security and perhaps offers protection against hand injuries. Others say a glove hurts passing accuracy and that a quarterback needs full feel of the ball.
Murray, by the way, reports no problems with his arm this spring after missing a big chunk of practice time last season, his redshirt year, with tendinitis in his triceps and forearm. “Arm feels great. Arm feels strong,” Murray said. “I’m taking good care of it.”
Murray and fellow quarterbacks Logan Gray and Zach Mettenberger are sharing snaps evenly in spring practice, and Murray said there are more than enough snaps to go around. “Oh, it’s plenty of reps,” he said Tuesday. “I was talking with Logan today, and at one point in practice, we’re, like, ‘Man, there’s a lot of reps we’re getting right now.’ . . . They’re working us out there pretty good, which is good because we need as much practice as we can get right now.”
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