Murray finds life as Georgia’s No. 1 quarterback ‘pretty cool’

So what was it like, Aaron Murray’s first day on campus as Georgia’s No. 1 quarterback?

“It was cool,” Murray said Friday afternoon. “A couple of people said, ‘Congratulations.’ It was in the paper, I guess.

“It’s pretty cool. It’s exciting. It’s definitely something I’ve always looked forward to, taking this job. I’ve just got to keep working and make sure I solidify my spot for that first game of the year.”

Murray got another taste of the celebrity that comes with being Georgia’s quarterback when the school set up a mid-afternoon conference call Friday for him to speak with a half dozen reporters.

Coach Mark Richt announced Thursday that Murray is the No. 1 quarterback on the Bulldogs’ post-spring depth chart but cautioned that being the top Dog at this point doesn’t guarantee starting the season opener Sept. 4. Murray understands that caveat, even as he receives congratulatory calls and texts.

“I heard from family and friends who just said, ‘Congratulations thus far, just continue to work hard,’ basically stuff like that,” Murray said. “I’ve talked to my family, and they have the same feeling as I do –- it’s just one step and it’s not a done deal or anything like that.

“I’m No. 1 after spring. I’m not No. 1 for the season. I’m not No. 1 for Sept. 4. There’s still work to do, but they’re definitely happy for me, excited for me, that I’m doing well right now.”

Although Murray reached the top of the depth chart on the basis of his work throughout spring practice, he acknowledged that his performance in the G-Day intra-squad game was sub-par. He completed 10 of 22 passes for 96 yards, with one interception.

“I think I was maybe just a little amped up,” Murray said Friday.  “I talked to Coach [Mike] Bobo about it, and he thought I was little juiced up, a little too excited, and some of my passes were a little overthrown.

“You’re not going to have your best day every day. It wasn’t great that . . . G-Day wasn’t my best day. But I think [the coaches] just basically took the spring as a whole and based their [depth-chart] decision on that. . . . Hopefully next [season] I won’t be making the same mistakes I made in the G-Day game.”

Murray, a redshirt freshman, said he plans a summer of hard work to prepare for preseason camp and to prove to teammates “that even though I’m young . . . I’m not going to let them down when the season comes.”

Also:

Richt says Murray reminds him of Heisman runner-up Weldon, plus more from Richt’s visit with Bulldog Club in Columbus.

Full depth chart.

179 comments Add your comment

trey

April 23rd, 2010
4:42 pm

I can’t wait to see him in action. Probably going to take a few games to get settled but I think he’s going to be very good.

Gregor

April 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Congrats Aaron, I know he’ll go out and prove all your critics wrong by not throwing more than 5 interceptions in 2010. Just protect the ball, and everything else will work out. Don’t let Georgia beat Georgia, make the other team battle for every yard, and every point. Eliminate the dumb plays.

BMOC

April 23rd, 2010
4:57 pm

Work hard on the field and in the classroom, Mr. Murray. But don’t forget to stop and smell the co-eds.

DSGB

April 23rd, 2010
5:02 pm

Congrats Aaron… can’t wait to see you on the field this year!

19th Hole Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
5:03 pm

GATA, Aaron. Congrats!

Good luck. Work hard this summer and it will pay off in the fall. Dawg Nation is pulling for you.

Go Dawgs!

BK

April 23rd, 2010
5:11 pm

Uh, Didn’t Joe Cox have that little problem w/ sailing passes while amped up? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Murray fan – just hope he can keep those passes down when he gets amped up. Every week’s an excuse to get amped up in the SEC, and we need our receivers in one piece!

FalconUGAFan

April 23rd, 2010
5:18 pm

Good luck, Aaron! Work hard and the accolades will follow…. Go Dawgs!

Gratefuldawghead

April 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

That G-Day performance will have him working hard this Summer!

GO DAWGS!

Larry Munson

April 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

“That kid outta Plant City is Driving the DAWGS down the field”

Red

April 23rd, 2010
5:43 pm

I’m hoping for the best during the first few games of the season. G-Day is nothing like the first game of the year and the second game being against SC. If he’s “amped up” in fron of 35K plus crowd, I’d hate to see what it will be like during the first few games. Hope those boys who “Run This State” will be ready to carry most of the load.

Racine Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
5:47 pm

Murray’s the real deal. He will take UGA to the SEC East title with a big upset over florida in jacksonville—mark it down! Dawgs win the East and play bama for the title!!!! Florida–heading to a minor bowl with brantley!

Darindawg

April 23rd, 2010
5:48 pm

He’s the total package. Alot further alone than David Greene was when he started as a RS freshman. Greene was (for a while) the winningest QB in NCAA history….imagine what Murray will do to the record books before he leaves! Gonna be a great 3 (hopefully 4) years in Dawgnation!

Orange Julius

April 23rd, 2010
5:57 pm

Wow…..has anyone noticed that UGA did not have a single 1st round pick in the NFL draft? Also just looked at the latest ESPN mock draft and not a SINGLE Bulldog is expected to go in the 2nd round. Now that is just too funny! Not to rub salt into your wounds but UT had 2 first rounders….Eric Berry (Ga. native ) and Big Dan Williams! Sorry but I gotta LMAO on that one. Lets hear some crowing Bullpups…..NOT!!

TUCK FECH

April 23rd, 2010
6:08 pm

Orange Julius.. Yes down year for the DAWGS in the Draft (Unusual I know thanks for noticing). Our Best players are BACK! Ealey, AJ, Murray, Better “O” Line and a new Junk Yard Defense!

GO DAWGS!

Shane

April 23rd, 2010
6:14 pm

Wow…..has anyone noticed that UGA did not have a single 1st round pick in the NFL draft? Also just looked at the latest ESPN mock draft and not a SINGLE Bulldog is expected to go in the 2nd round. Now that is just too funny! Not to rub salt into your wounds but UT had 2 first rounders….Eric Berry (Ga. native ) and Big Dan Williams! Sorry but I gotta LMAO on that one. Lets hear some crowing Bullpups…..NOT!!

That just means all our best players are coming back dummy. We have tons of NFL level talent on the team. They are just all coming back.

Huh Larry...

April 23rd, 2010
6:35 pm

Just a point of clarification…Murray is from Tampa and not Plant City (home of the strawberry festival and about 30 miles away) …Murray played at H.B. Plant H.S. in South Tampa..no biggie

Gators!

April 23rd, 2010
6:48 pm

Wow, don’t think I’ve ever heard the 3rd best QB of the spring finale described as “the real deal” and “the total package”. Berger and Gray must be “all time world”.

Defense Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
7:02 pm

I’m ok with the offense besides the young QB which he is going to be great lets try to be patient with him BUT someone please tell me that our defense is going to be alot better than the past couple of years!!!

Bremen Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Aaron Murray is the real deal and does provide the ‘it’ factor. He has a little bit of everything. He will learn whento tuck it and run instead of forcing something.

Debose

April 23rd, 2010
7:45 pm

Save the congrats for if he gets the Dawgs past South Carolina and Arkansas without a loss.

BamaBoy.

April 23rd, 2010
7:55 pm

Brantley is not a good QB…average maybe. I saw him at practice a few days ago and he was a bust. He consistantly overthrew his receivers and has happy feet with pressure on him in the pocket. Florida is gonna be in for a long year…believe me.The slimey lizards and their fans won’t be happy…can’t wait to see Meyer blow his top and point fingers at everyone but himself.

Kramer

April 23rd, 2010
8:14 pm

Are there any websites that cover the Gators down in Gainesville? Apparently not since so many Gators post here. You see, I don’t know if they do or not because I’m a GEORGIA fan and read GEORGIA blogs. Wow, what a concept.

Fresh King

April 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

The guy looked good in his release, just very fast. He’s also very smart and had excellent reads in the Spring scrimmages. I’m sure he’ll learn how to checkdown to alternative routes better, but overall, he might be the best guy that’s ever played QB for Georgia. Gerogia fans are really lucky to have Aaron Murray, over 50 teams offered him, and he chose Georgia. Could eb the start of a long, successful partnership. Pretty impressed the way this guy led his team to a state championship at a very tough division.

Defense Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
8:19 pm

Tell em Kramer! lmao

Jones

April 23rd, 2010
8:31 pm

ESPN has Murray on their top 100 players to watch in college football for 2010 list, I think Murray’s ranked #58, not bad for a freshman.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sportscenter/post/_/id/34810/joe-schads-2010-top-100-college-football-players-to-watch

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
8:31 pm

Anyone have any comments about the GA defense?

Jones

April 23rd, 2010
8:35 pm

Joe Schad at ESPN had some pretty incredible things to say about Aaron Murray. Schad put Murray on his top 100 players ot watch list for 2010, then said it was one of the top 5 storylines for the Spring, then said that no less than Colt McCoy had this to say about Aaron Murray:

Colt McCoy on Aaron Murray:
“One of the more impressive players he’d EVER seen”

http://espn.go.com/blog/sportscenter/post/_/id/33003/joe-schads-ten-college-football-story-lines-to-watch-this-spring

Let’s hope these guys are all correct. I think they are.

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
8:38 pm

He is going to be GREAT!!!!!!!! If the D dnt let the O down

Dawg Mole

April 23rd, 2010
9:01 pm

Gator fans—very worried about brantley and the lack of any offensive stars to get the ball to. They have no proven receivers and their RBs are mediocre at best or little scat backs. The Georgia D will shut down the florida D—Grantham’s got the date of the florida game circled on his calendar—he will have the team focused to stop the spread—bank on it! Georgia will win the east this season. Florida’s run is over.

Kramer

April 23rd, 2010
9:18 pm

Is everyone in bed? Geez.

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
9:19 pm

Dawg Mole I hope your right! Its past time for title to be back in ATHENS GA! The defense is really goin to have step up!!!!

BG

April 23rd, 2010
9:27 pm

Murray is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Off topic but then again we ain't talkin football

April 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

Keep Bret Michaels in your prayers. You may not have liked his music but you goyya envy the lifestyle.

Off topic but then again we ain't talkin football

April 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

gotta…..but you already knew that

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
9:43 pm

Who wudnt envy that life!!!!!

terry

April 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

Huge Dawg fan here but here the difference between us and the champions….we talk alot…feel cool…giddy…till the season….wish our guys would shut the talk and prove it on the field…same thing year after year strong talk…lame results

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
9:46 pm

You are so right terry!

wayne

April 23rd, 2010
9:47 pm

oh boy- here we go…coach richt setting up conference calls for our QB….a RSFreshman that has never played a down of SEC football…..i agree with the post above…seems like we have been down this raod before…….amazing…..frickin amazing.

BigDawg

April 23rd, 2010
9:47 pm

Murray is not the QB for UGA…..Too short for this level of play. Matson is the key. He is big not a mosquito and has the numbers.

http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/n_3xU2SFC0-tZYtLSM9lLw/football-fall-09/stats-hutson-mason.htm

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

Murry will be the QB!

Troy

April 23rd, 2010
9:52 pm

Glad I am not the only one who thinks we need to sabve the talk and feel good and conference calls till we finallt accomplish something on the field….We finished with 5 losses. Help me here- instead of conference calls for an unproven redshirt freshman QB how about do something about penalties and turnovers….fix that- then maybe we can start to beleive in things again. We seem to do same each year- plenty of smack in the spring and summer and have our butts kicked in the fall. Sorry guys…truth hurts as they say

kb

April 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

Kramer, I’ve echoed exactly what you’ve said about whether or not the gators have a blog of their own and I have yet to hear if they do or not. I’m guessing, probably not. How unfortunate. I almost feel sorry for them. NOT!!!!!

The Real SugarHillDawg

April 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

It’s “Hutson” BigDawg!!The kid’s a Frosh ! He won’t see the field!!

Pete

April 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

Glad you feel cool Murray- lets see what you can do in the fall

Sic em

April 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

Thats right there is alot of talk every year but you got to keep the faith!

Kramer

April 23rd, 2010
9:58 pm

You guys want some cheese to go with that whine?

Brian

April 23rd, 2010
10:05 pm

Thats right keep tha faith!! GO DAWGS!!!!

red hill

April 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

UT fans crowing about 2 first rounders……wasn’t your record 7-6 under Kiffy? Keep on crowing.

we have heard that before

April 23rd, 2010
10:16 pm

Every time Georgia with Richt has a down year, like back in 2001 & 2006, the doomsday naysayers sky is falling people came out of the woodwork.

Was the sky falling? Nah, Richt finished #2 in 2002, and #3 in 2007.

Now, in 2009, Richt goes 8-5, and “the sky is falling” starts up again.

Richt’s heard it all before, been there, done that.

14-0 this year baby, finish in top 3 in nation, just like last 2 times Coach had a bad season.