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.”