Why is Georgia QB Aaron Murray wearing a glove on his throwing hand?

Glove-wearing QB Aaron Murray passes as Mike Bobo watches at practice Tuesday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)Glove-wearing QB Aaron Murray passes at practice as  Mike Bobo watches. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)
Murray gets a play from Bobo at Tuesday's practice. (AJC photo/Brant Sanderlin)

Murray gets a play from Bobo at Tuesday's practice. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

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.”

Other UGA football news:

Richt plans decision this week on Mettenberger suspension.

Practice notebook.

185 comments Add your comment

Blindog

March 17th, 2010
10:09 am

Because he mants to!!

Blindog

March 17th, 2010
10:09 am

oops ,thats wants to, sorry.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

March 17th, 2010
10:14 am

Its a new trend. Next…

German Shepherd Dawg

March 17th, 2010
10:18 am

I don’t care how you spell it, as long as you don’t say what number you came in trying to post.

Can anyone explain the logic of claiming diminished accuracy from using the glove if it gives better grip and control of the ball?

I think the fact Kurt Warner wore them in Arizona speaks for itself. The guy was an amazingly accurate QB when he had time to throw.

Gratefuldawghead

March 17th, 2010
10:19 am

If Murray thinks it helps his passing then I am all for it! Ready for the Spring game!

GO DAWGS!

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2010
10:24 am

Being not an overly tall fellow…it would seem to follow that his hands would be proportional to his body…in which case a glove may provide added grip on the ball and therefore, peace of mind.

TuckDAWG

March 17th, 2010
10:25 am

Let him do whats comfortable if it helps him fine with me APR 10th GO DAWGS!!!!! GATA!!!!

Big B CH 99

March 17th, 2010
10:26 am

It just depends on personal preference. I’ve tried to throw w/ a glove & can’t do it. For me, the ball sticks to the glove & I can’t get it to spiral, but some guys do like to throw w/ one. I do like to wear a glove on my right, non-throwing hand.

jack bull

March 17th, 2010
10:26 am

he is kinda short and my guess would be, he kinda has small hands too. this is a good report Tim, it’s the first i’ve heard of it. i’ll be asking my nephew the next time i talk to him and see what he has to say about it. get back to ya on that. one thing he, my nephew, did say to me a couple of weeks ago, is that he was getting a “gut feeling” that Mett was possibly going to be the guy next fall, but that was only his own assertion, of which comes from the other side of the ball. so what does he know, right?

Dale

March 17th, 2010
10:29 am

The headline “Georgia QB Aaron Murray” is redundant. Everyone knows who he is.

McDawg

March 17th, 2010
10:30 am

why is he wearing black socks?

VolsRule

March 17th, 2010
10:34 am

why is his chin pad balck while the others wear red?

SimpleDawg

March 17th, 2010
10:34 am

If wearing the glove improves his grip on the ball, then by all means wear it. Improved grip would help accuracy and velocity, as long as he doesn’t grip the ball too tightly – too tight of a grip will cause the ball to be released below the intended flight path.

A glove with some tack will help with the problems presented by a slick ball and/or small hands.

Hey, it worked for Wacko Jacko….I never saw him drop a microphone.

Tim

March 17th, 2010
10:35 am

If it works, I have no problem with it. Personally, I always preferred to throw/catch the football without gloves, even in the cold, but everyone has different preferences.

Red Clay Hound

March 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Looks like he is wearing a watch on his non-throwing arm!

Burdell

March 17th, 2010
10:39 am

Anyone know why Taylor Bennett (ex-Tech QB) was throwing yesterday at UGA’s pro day?

Seems a little odd…

UGA Rules!!

March 17th, 2010
10:40 am

Did anyone read the PRO-DAY at UGA article??? NO WAY Moore is drafted! What reasons would a team give for choosing him? That he is good at getting lost in the crowd? Why even have a pro-day this year??? Is there a pro-day at Kentucky??? We are two years away from needing to even mention the word around Athens. And that is providing Richt can coach again unlike the past two years.

PMC

March 17th, 2010
10:46 am

It worked really well for Kurdt Warner. Why not wear a glove? Better grip is a good thing as long as you have enough feel for the ball.

Zack has one too

March 17th, 2010
10:55 am

ZM has one too. He can better grip that can of cold beer.

Go Dogs.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 17th, 2010
10:55 am

Because he’s honoring Michael Jackson?

Or maybe its to hide ink stains on his hand from printing fake id’s for the football team?

PTC DAWG

March 17th, 2010
10:58 am

Why are you worried about it?

Sanford Drive

March 17th, 2010
10:59 am

I don’t care if he wears a catcher’s mitt as long as he’s completing passes.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

March 17th, 2010
11:04 am

Well, Murray is wearing a glove and I am wearing pants to cover up my painted a$$. What kind of team paints a little dog’s a$$?

McDawg

March 17th, 2010
11:08 am

Michael Moore is a tough nut-would not be surprised if he goes 6th or 7th round or walks on to a team

Dan

March 17th, 2010
11:09 am

Actually have used those WR gloves and they are like fly paper dont understand how a receiver could ever drop the ball except if he was scared of being hit. If it works for him throwing I say go for it

John

March 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Joe Cox should’ve worn gloves. He could’nt throw or hang onto the ball…

AltamahaDawg

March 17th, 2010
11:30 am

Wait…they are actually still going to practice? After BuLLdawg said he was Fed Up? I thought they had cancelled the season. Who cares who the QB is, why try to improve at that position? Who cares about the O-line or the running game, any of it. I cannot believe they aren’t going to simply put in the Fed Up plan of action.

Teddy Dupay

March 17th, 2010
11:32 am

He should try smoking weed. Weed makes everything better.

knoxdawg

March 17th, 2010
11:37 am

He can wear whatever he wants to as long as they win. Even pantyhose if he wants to. Spring ball is a good time to experiment. Every team tries something new during the spring. Just need to work very hard to improve and get ready for the fall.

Delbert D.

March 17th, 2010
11:38 am

He’s a really big Michael Jackson fan?

Of A Superior Bloodline = UGA Alumni

March 17th, 2010
11:41 am

He can wear whatever he wants as long as he is wearing an SEC Championship ring at the end of the season!

Of A Superior Bloodline = UGA Alumni

March 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Hey Teddy, it worked for Micheal Phelps!

chazzo

March 17th, 2010
11:51 am

No offense, but couldn’t this article have been one sentence long.

AL E. GATOR

March 17th, 2010
11:57 am

UGA RULES – your 10:40am comment – :D id Kentucky have a PRO day too?

Good question – seeing that Kentucky beat UGA in football AGAIN this year – making 2 wins out of the last 4 years – it is obvious that the two programs are comparable.

Saw this in a post the other day:
Donnan’s last 4 year SEC EAST record: 13-7
Richt’s last 4 year SEC EAST record: 10-10

Florida’s last 4 year SEC EAST record: 19-1

WOW – I knew UGA had slid back – but 10-10??????????????

ha! haha! hahaha! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

IF UGA has a PRO day – and they got BEAT by Kentucky – then I

Balderdash

March 17th, 2010
11:58 am

You know those grippy things that you use to open jars? It’s like that, so it gives you better control without the clumsy dexterity you get from winter or work gloves.

xl.dawg

March 17th, 2010
11:59 am

Is it me or does his release point look a little low? He is not as tall Mett so does he have the Joe Cox problem of seeing over the line? Just sayin…………..

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rogers rangers

March 17th, 2010
12:02 pm

dude has small hands man give him a break

Dawghater

March 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

He’s wearing a glove to get ready for how cold it will be in Shreveport in Dec. 2010. Woof, woof, wimper, wimper!

Delbert D.

March 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

I wonder what Jim Mora’s buyout is at Bellevue High?

Ace

March 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

Helps him see over the center.

JS

March 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

Tech beats UGA in baseball. Tech gooes to BCS bowl game, UGA goes to shreveport. Tech plays in NCAA mens BBall tourney, UGA doesn’t even qualify for the NIT. Just the facts!!!

Sweet Home Alabama

March 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

If the dogs would man up and play the TIDE more often,he would need more than a glove to protect him.I thinking may be a shark cage.THAT would do it.

ROLL TIDE ROLL………….

takedowndawg

March 17th, 2010
12:19 pm

Guys, my concern is the state of his arm. Not a glove on his hand. If his arm is as good as last year’s Spring Game, you pot shot artists opponents above will be left shaking your head when we play you! I know that you guys can hope the worst for our A -Dawg QB(that brother meyers wanted badly, by the way) but I am believing for the best in our fine young man. HE WAS THE BEST QB ON THE FIELD LAST YEAR AT G-GAME and most of us know it. By design with the red shirt, he just did not get an opportunity to show it during the regular season. I believe that decision was a Georgia net lost. Particularly, with the game experience he would have acquired. I looking forward to April 10 to see Murray and the rest of our DAWGS in action! Go DAWGS!!!!

30 Year Drought

March 17th, 2010
12:21 pm

Maybe his throwing hand and arm are permantly numb, the guy hasn’t played played in a game in 15 months…….20 months come August.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

March 17th, 2010
12:23 pm

Moore will get drafted the same reason Reggie Brown was drafted. The Pro Day at UGA his stats were extremely good. Brown was never a true stud at UGA, but his speed and strength were undeniable. Scouts will look at the same measurables w/ Moore and see a potential diamond in the rough and take a flier on him in the 4th-5th rounds.

Mark (a different one)

March 17th, 2010
12:23 pm

The complaints about wearing gloves usually comes from someone asked to wear one for the first time during a game. It is an adjustment, so doing it during the off season is fine. Just don’t change during the season.

As for Michael Moore, he is a possession type receiver, and having the strength he does, makes him better able to handle the hits in traffic. I have never seen him as a Green type burner, but he is by no means slow. Stafford used to find Moore when he was open but Cox didn’t. As with any receiver, a good QB can make Moore productive.

tob

March 17th, 2010
12:33 pm

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

March 17th, 2010
12:35 pm

If Murray wants to wear a glove then more power to him. Just glad to see he’s not the designated fair-catcher.

JD

March 17th, 2010
12:39 pm

Give me a gloved Quarterback or give me death. Talk to the glove.