Young UGA QB surrounded by experience on offense

Georgia’s starting quarterback has never played in a college game, but the extensive experience around him has Mark Richt notably enthused about the Bulldogs’ offense.

“I’d much rather have that kind of maturity around a young quarterback than a very veteran quarterback surrounded by a bunch of puppies,” Richt told the Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club this week.

Particularly comforting to Richt is the experience on the offensive line, where senior Chris Davis has 37 career collegiate starts, senior Clint Boling 36, junior Ben Jones 23, junior Cordy Glenn 22 and senior Josh Davis 9. That’s a combined 127 starts.

Boling, Jones and Glenn have started since their true freshman seasons and Chris Davis since his redshirt freshman season.

“They played before they should have had to play,” Richt said, “but now they’re mature. They’re so much more ready for these games. They’re bigger; they’re stronger; they’re wiser. They have the confidence to know they can play in any SEC venue and have success.  When you’re breaking in a young quarterback, that’s very important.”

Richt also feels good about the experience elsewhere on offense.

He has a senior tandem at fullback in starter Shaun Chapas and backup Fred Munzenmaier. “I can’t think of a better fullback combination in the country,” Richt said.

The tailback tandem is less experienced -– sophomore Washaun Ealey (two starts) and junior Caleb King (five starts) –- but Richt expects them to build on their confidence-inspiring successes of late last season.

“Washaun Ealey a year ago was kind of a chubby kid and didn’t really know what to do; he wasn’t in great condition,” Richt said. “But now he’s in tremendous condition and knows what to do. And we  got Caleb King starting the season healthy, and he’s going to make a difference.”

Richt also expressed optimism about the mix of talent and experience at wide receiver, led by junior A.J. Green, and tight end.

Someone else should be comforted by all of this experience: Aaron Murray, the redshirt freshman quarterback who will be playing in his first college game on Sept. 4.

383 comments Add your comment

Loganville Dawg

July 28th, 2010
6:11 am

He’ll get good experience in no time with our experienced team

goldwreck

July 28th, 2010
6:12 am

Richt is master of the obvious.

Ranson

July 28th, 2010
6:19 am

GO DAWGS SIC EM!!!!

NerdCentral@NorthAve

July 28th, 2010
6:21 am

Whatever he’s got, it won’t be near enough to stop Josh Nesbitt this year! We will rip through your hedges once again while we enjoy our victory. I actually have a small piece of your hedge on my desk.

GTDog

July 28th, 2010
6:26 am

It will be an interesting year…it wouldn’t surprise me to go 7-5 again or 12-0. My best guess is just about down the middle at 9-3 heading into bowl season.

NerdCentral@NorthAve

July 28th, 2010
6:26 am

Murray is in way over his head. I guarantee a loss at South Carolina this year.

GTDog

July 28th, 2010
6:28 am

I gotta be honest. I graduated from Tech and they’re my second fave team. I just don’t care for Nesbitt. I like the running aspect, but the passing isn’t just bad, it’s terrible. I’d like to have a Nesbitt type runner who also had a little more passing acumen.

Robbie

July 28th, 2010
6:29 am

my bad, I meant NERD

St. Clarkston

July 28th, 2010
6:32 am

Richt is also the master of whipping techs @$$.

ugag is irrelevant

July 28th, 2010
6:39 am

if richt is so wonderful, how many times has he beaten bama? ain’t gonna change this year either

DirkDawggler

July 28th, 2010
6:49 am

“ugag is irrelevant”…your post is irrelevant. I suggest you check a schedule. Richt is 3-1 vs. ‘Bama. Does that answer your question? You’re right about one thing, though. We ain’t gonna play ‘Bama this year (unless it’s in the SECCG). The bell for your 8th grade homeroom is ringing. Don’t be late, punk. And spit your gum out.

destin dawg

July 28th, 2010
6:49 am

We’ll be MUCH improved on OL and RB’s… he didn’t even mention the super TE’s…. should be a very balanced attack… Go Dawgs !!!!

superDawg

July 28th, 2010
6:53 am

Aaron Murray is looking forward to high noon with the gun slingers by his side.

GaTruth

July 28th, 2010
6:56 am

Hey – ugag is… – YOU”RE AN IDIOT!. We beat Bama in 2002, 2003, and 2007 before losing to them in 2008. And, of course nothing is going to change this year because we don’t play each other this year. Why don’t you follow your highschool blog. BTW, way to have your team show well for the conference – Utah? Really?

GaTruth

July 28th, 2010
7:04 am

What do you call a guy living in his parent’s basement playing World of Warcraft 10 hours a day, drinking Redbull and eating Poptarts by the case, with a propeller on his head and a chip on his shoulder so big it keeps him from getting a job anywhere other than some windowless room with a 60 degree temp and halon system, who slobbers while he follows the Dawg blogs because his own crappy team will ALWAYS be a distant second in the state of Georgia? I don’t have to answer this, even you geeks from the trade school on North Ave know who we’re talking about.

DodgerDAWG

July 28th, 2010
7:11 am

NerdCentral@NorthAve…If I kept a piece of history for every time UGA killed the gnats, I would have to evict my administrative assistant from her office and put her back in a cubicle just to have a place to store it all…Post Walker era: UGA Record of 19-8 (that means UGA has won a lot more), score of 744 – 560 (means UGA has scored more). Twice UGA has won 7 in a row while tech managed one 3 game streak (means UGA is more consistent). Have to break it down for the nerds.

hipdawg

July 28th, 2010
7:19 am

I know carolina is going to be the key to the year, and I predict a high scoring game w/ the dawgs winning of course.

JB

July 28th, 2010
7:19 am

All Murray has to do is be competent and this O rolls often and regulalry.

Nerd, how many times have the yellow maggots beaten UGA, in the last 9 years???

HBTD!!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 28th, 2010
7:21 am

agree with richt, 10 returning starters on offense is a great position for a new QB to be in.

SatchelBuzz

July 28th, 2010
7:21 am

He’s 1-1 against CPJ,….congrats, that is something to be proud of,..but payback’s coming.

THWG!

Dr.Phil

July 28th, 2010
7:28 am

Folks…the truth is that Tech fans keep Piedmont Park hedge pieces on their desks! It’s good to want to win but the fact is that Tech will lose at least lose 6 games! Y’all should be comfotable with that many! Go back to playing board games..y’all are more suited! That will work much better for you….you get a chance to use your calculators!

bobbydoddsghost

July 28th, 2010
7:29 am

What Would Damon Do?

jeff

July 28th, 2010
7:30 am

Nerd Central….cant wait to see you try it. Time for some Nerd Bashing in Athens…

ugag is irrelevant

July 28th, 2010
7:32 am

really doesn’t matter … nothing school … nothing story

Big time?? Not

July 28th, 2010
7:38 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Win P.

July 28th, 2010
7:39 am

NerdCentral@NorthAve, Is your desk in elementary school?

RomeDawg

July 28th, 2010
7:41 am

UGA is gonna be just fine. Murray is a stud.

Asheville Dawg

July 28th, 2010
7:41 am

Coach Richt, please dust off Coach Dooley’s playbook. In other words run the ball, let the veteran line lead the young folks. It seemed to work pretty well in Atlanta last year.

Dawg4life

July 28th, 2010
7:44 am

NerdCentral- Why would you save a dead bush???? Especially after a 3 point win????? Act like you have been there before….. Oh wait, you haven’t…

Yippy Dog

July 28th, 2010
7:47 am

Bottom line, Murray can make a lot of mistakes IN SOME AREAS, for example, I don’t care if he’s sacked 40 times, or has a 45% accuracy from throwing safe passes and then misses receivers by 10 yards, or makes some bad playcall audibles on the run reads.

But he can’t throw interceptions. He has to show excellent judgment there.

And he can’t get injured. Needs to slide, or run about bounds before taking a hit. Heros get hurt.

Can’t try to be a hero.

David Greene had 2 streaks where he didn’t throw an interception, one went for over 200 passes, the other was close to that.

That’s all we need. Protect the football.

And if Murray doesn’t respect the fotball, Richt has to sit him, and bring in Gray or Mason to QUICKLY find someone that will.

I’m hopeful Murray will only throw 1 int every 2 games. But if throws 2 in 1 game, he has to be benched.

Georgia can’t have another Joe Cox season where Richt’s scared to bench a guy who’s not respecting the football.

destin dawg

July 28th, 2010
7:50 am

It’s called Depression… or Bi Polar mental disorder…. aggravated by living downtown in the getto…. with all the muggers, drug dealers, pimps, etc.. sirens all night…no women…. ESCAPE to Athens before it’s too late !!!

AltamahaDawg

July 28th, 2010
7:56 am

payback???? If the record is 1-1, which one is due the payback?

Yippy Dog

July 28th, 2010
8:01 am

Richt showed TERRIBLE judgment last season by rewarding Cox’s interceptions with more starts.

If Richt doesn’t learn from that GRAVE mistake, and repeats it with Murray, he could go 6-7 and be ran out of Athens.

Bench guys who don’t meet standards when it comes to ball protection. Their high school pedigree is irrelvant now. They have to execute or sit.

Joey

July 28th, 2010
8:06 am

NerdCentral, thanks for those predictions. I’d prefer a guarantee about the winning lotto numbers for Friday. Just sayin . . .

Yippy Dog, Murray – benched? Son, barring injury, he is our QB, for better or for worse for the next 4 years. This boy is very smart, fast, and has an accurate arm. Now that Richt has named him “The Man,” he can relax, and run the team.

He’s gonna be great.

Senator Blutarski

July 28th, 2010
8:09 am

Sometimes guys from Georgia Tech take off their red panties and try to flag me down for a ride home, but I always keep on driving without letting them in.

ToccoaDawg

July 28th, 2010
8:13 am

Carolina and Arkie back to back will decide this season. Both early and both will be tough.

Laura DeGive

July 28th, 2010
8:14 am

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t
been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt ay take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans, like Miami and Ole Miss fans, need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Bullsh*t Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many
blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance.

And red panties falling from the sky. 
W

ToccoaDawg

July 28th, 2010
8:15 am

One good thing about this season is we have a preseason game to get ready and work the kinks out.

AltamahaDawg

July 28th, 2010
8:19 am

You know what cures a coaches “scared to bench a guy”? A better option.

What we can’t have is a JoeCox situation when he has to pick up the entire team and carry it on his shoulder. The only way Murray starts getting into big TO trouble (and there will be some, same as every QB in the country, especially the first year starters) is IF he doesn’t have the support around him, like was the case for most of last year, especially the first half. Replacing him at that point is only putting somebody else in that same situation, only less capable. Having a quick trigger and putting in a True freshman Mason, oh sure he can protect the football if thats all you tell him to do, but we aren’t going to win many games. Then what if he struggle, where are we going then? You just took out the guy who was on the upward learning curve and backed him up a few notches. Unless its just obvious that Murray is just never going to be SEC caliber, or isnt running the team, he’ll stick with him.

Lilburn Dawg

July 28th, 2010
8:19 am

I thought Ga. Tech was a charter school located just off of I-75 near North Avenue in Atlanta. Are they still in business. I thought they had closed down due to lack of interest. Do they have a football team???

Marzha

July 28th, 2010
8:20 am

Aaron Murray will be a fading bad memory by mid-season. UGA’s only hope is for Richt to apologize to Zach M. and beg him to come back.

Offer him a get-out-of-jail-card and some red panties, and he’ll jump at the chance to get back to thUGA.

Yaz

July 28th, 2010
8:24 am

Hey, Lilburn Dawg, why don’t you put down the red panties for a while and consider this.

You Dawg fans who keep repeating “30-24″ like a mantra enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against dummy-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on posting your “30-24″ all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.

ToccoaDawg

July 28th, 2010
8:27 am

Are these techies so afraid of that their highschool O has been figured out that they have to stay on a uga blog?

Bartender Gimme Another One Dawg

July 28th, 2010
8:29 am

Uh-oh. Here we go. Now you’ve done it, Ollie.

BigGAdawg

July 28th, 2010
8:30 am

destin dawg, UR right about the TEs. We are seriously deep with TE talent–I would be more than shocked if we don’t see a good number of 2 TE sets.

Lilburn Dawg

July 28th, 2010
8:31 am

Well ya know, Yaz, I graduated from UGA in 1972. I went to work, made my fortune, and AM retired now. I don’t need a job at the Waffle House. But I have a nephew who graduated from Ga. Tech about 3 years ago and HE would love to take the job at the Waffle House because he cannot find a job anywhere with the Ga. Tech degree!!!

AltamahaDawg

July 28th, 2010
8:32 am

We get it. You know how to cut an paste, make up female names, and obsess about Georgia.

Bartender Gimme Another One Dawg

July 28th, 2010
8:33 am

I believe everything Lilburn says about himself.

Yaz wears red panties

July 28th, 2010
8:35 am

Yaz, please stay off this blog if you are going to whine….

Uga is IRR….. you are on the UGA blogs every day.. you live to remind us how irrelevant UGA is… do you see the irony in that nerd…. You are blogging in your red panties and based on your posts have no idea what you are talking about… please remember to take your meds.

Marzha, you are going to be late for 5th grade home room… get off the computer and get to class.

TommyP

July 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Yaz: Your academic successes/standards do not equate to the football field or basketball court. Check the numbers. Check the APR.

That whole excuse is so old.

I had a few friends years ago that went to Tech and told me how the athletes never came to class (despite being on the roll).

Marbury? Kenny Anderson? These are Tech students? Nesbitt??????????? Don’t get me started on Nesbitt. Greene County kid. ‘Nuff said.