The education of Georgia’s starting quarterback continues

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt commented after Wednesday’s scrimmage in Sanford Stadium that Aaron Murray “could have made a better decision” on a couple of occasions.

One such occasion sprung to mind for Murray: “a screen where I should have just thrown it out of bounds and instead I tried to scramble and got sacked.”

The education of Georgia’s starting quarterback continues.

“He’s still learning. He’s still a freshman,” Richt said. “It wasn’t really bad, but there were a couple of times where he could have made a better decision. I’m just thankful we got into those situations and it happened today. Hopefully, the point will be driven home a little bit better because it was more of a real situation. Hopefully, he’ll learn from it.”

Richt went to some lengths to make the closed-to-the-media scrimmage as real as possible –- a pregame coin toss, SEC officials, etc. –- and Murray admitted he “had a little jitters” beforehand.

“Whenever you go into Sanford Stadium,” he said, “your jitters are going to be running a little more than when you’re just out on the practice field.”

Even if, as he noted, there are “93,000 less [people in the stands] than there’s going to be in a week and a half.”

Murray felt he shook off the jitters and made progress as he and team inched closer to the Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

“The main thing is . . . I’m feeling more comfortable,” Murray said. “I feel like I definitely took a little step forward today.

“I feel like I’m making my reads better. I know where I’m going with the ball. … I feel like my knowledge is getting better. I just got to make the throws and the right plays.”

He completed 9 of 17 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown (to A.J. Green) in one half of action against basically Georgia’s scout team. He threw no interceptions.

Georgia’s offense continued to work without two starting linemen, center Ben Jones (knee) and left guard Cordy Glenn (mono). Both are expected back next week.

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Richt said the scrimmage produced no “earth-shattering” developments that will alter the depth chart. It did reveal where the assistant coaches will be stationed on game days.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Rodney Garner will be at field level, while inside linebackers coach Warren Belin and secondary coach Scott Lakatos will be upstairs in the coaches’ box. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who moved from the box to the sideline midway through last season, will remain on the field, as will offensive line coach Stacy Searels and running backs coach Bryan McClendon. Receivers coach Tony Ball and tight ends coach John Lilly will be in the box.

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For stats and more details on Wednesday’s scrimmage, please click here.

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Links to other UGA news:

Offensive lineman Owens’ career is over.

Will UGA extend sellout streak into 10th season?

Georgia athletics in a construction zone.


263 comments Add your comment

GulfDawg

August 26th, 2010
5:31 am

Awake way too early…

Athens, Georgia

August 26th, 2010
5:45 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Palm City Dawg

August 26th, 2010
5:58 am

Is Richt holding back something that these stats don’t reflect? What about the tight ends play, etc?

Victorious Sakrete

August 26th, 2010
5:59 am

Murray won’t last the season:

rag armed.
slow,
injury prone.

Play the music for Hutson Mason-Dixon, the next great UGA QB

destin dawg

August 26th, 2010
6:24 am

I hope Richt is holding some thing back… Murray is a red shirt Freshman… so he should be more mature… Mason i’ve heard has been working real hard… great passer in H.S… hope Hutson gets playing time early and often since we have Lemay as well as Marshall coming in next year… lets play ‘em both some… Go Dawgs !!!!

destin dawg

August 26th, 2010
6:29 am

2 great TB’s and 2 great FB’s….. experienced O line… Run the D@@mmm Ball… QB doesn’t have to be a hero !!

Sloan

August 26th, 2010
6:43 am

Amen Destin Dawg! Murray doesn’t have to win very many games for us this year. He just doesn’t need to beat us a la Joe Cox. Why no mention of Ealey and King?

Atticus

August 26th, 2010
6:50 am

Mason needs to get experience. We jump up on LL and get him some quality reps. If AM gets hurt, he needs to have as much experience as possible.

Vicdawg1

August 26th, 2010
7:08 am

WRITE IT DOWN!!! If we do not run the ball 70% of time and use our Ray Guy Award winning punter to change field postion, we will be 4-4 in SEC and have same record as last year.
We cannot afford to use a “balanced offense” this year.

Reshad Jones

August 26th, 2010
7:18 am

Who will Murray throw it to when A.J. Green is suspended for the season because of agent-gate next week?

Stinger

August 26th, 2010
7:21 am

Nesbitt won’t last the season!

JB

August 26th, 2010
7:22 am

My gut tells me we’re in a little trouble. Not having a QB with 2-3 years in the system ready to go is Richt’s fault. I think Murray has some talent and some room to grow, but we are 3 weeks away from a Carolina team with some talent, and a seasoned SEC QB with a pretty good defense, not our scout team. This team has some strengths, but a lot of questions. We’ll know everything we need to know after SC and Arkansas.

Dawg Consultant

August 26th, 2010
7:28 am

Reshad Jones…..that was a rather lame attempt to “stir things up”. There is absolutely no evidence to support any such wrongdoing. Anyway, you sir…are no Reshad Jones.

Munson

August 26th, 2010
7:46 am

I think we are in trouble too. I think we will be lucky to escape the 2 game gauntlet of SC and Ark with one win, if that. Do you realize we are going into Columbia in 100 degree weather with a freshman?
The kid is just too nervous.
By mid season he will be better but for the first few games he worries me…

Mikey in the SAV

August 26th, 2010
7:47 am

Agree with Munson. Regardless of all the ” Run the ball” rhetoric, Murray will still need to make things happen at times. In fact, a LOT of times.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

August 26th, 2010
7:52 am

10-22
8-20
9-17 against the scout team with a green non-contact jersey

I think Matson better be ready to play

Papadawg

August 26th, 2010
7:52 am

He’ll get an extensive education starting with South Carolina. I hope he’s man enough

Paul Has A Small Johnson

August 26th, 2010
7:56 am

I think we will find out what we need to know the first game if Murry is throwing these types of numbers

I can tell you if he is 9-22 or 10-25 or 7-18 dont think we are going to tote the rock and be 3-0 after the Arkansas game no-way

Columbus Dawg

August 26th, 2010
7:57 am

Who is the simpleton posting as Reshad Jones? I know the real Reshad Jones turned out to be very overrated, but surely can’t be that jealous of A.J. to come on here with stupid remarks like that. As far as Richt goes, he better hope that Murray plays very well for UGA this year. JB above post is dead on, there is no excuse for Richt not to have a quarterback with some time on the field after being at Georgia for ten years. Richt may think he will get an 8-4 pass like his first season with Greene, but I can tell you the money people at UGA say different. Richt seemed to have put all of his eggs in Stafford’s basket as his biggest recruit of his career, but Stafford was far from being what he was talked up to be, mainly because of what he lacks between the ears. (He has not shown that he has gained any gray matter since going to Detroit). He threw more interceptions than any QB at UGA since Greg Talley was there. On the other hand, I remember all of the grumbling about D.J. before the 2005 season as well, and he turned out to be very good. If not injured for the UF game, we win that one, and the embarrassing losses that year were, Richt’s fault as well for ever naming that moron WM as our DC. Bottom line is Richt is expected to excell by the people pouring money into the atheletic department, and Richt is also the highest paid coach to ever coach at UGA. One day he comes out saying that he thinks we have a pretty good team, and the next day it sounds as if he’s not so sure. He had better hope that he is pulling a Dooley by not wanting the competition to really know that his team is loaded, because contrary to what Damon Evans said, he very much belongs on that hot seat list that Mr. College Football has on his blog from what I have heard from some very large money contributors.

Dawgs Tell

August 26th, 2010
8:00 am

What I am hearing from several observers(student asst.,asst trainers) Murray has happy feet.Looks real nervous.Knows the plays and has the talent,but has serious stage fright.We better run the ball for the first three games and slow the pace or we could be facing a 1-2 start.

Hill

August 26th, 2010
8:08 am

Murray had 2 overthrows, and got sacked when a screen play broke down. Those were his only 3 mistakes in 2 quarters of football. Not perfect, but even if uncorrected, we can live with those kind of mistakes. What we don’t need, is Murray throwing interceptions like Cox did every 20 passes. Every 2 games, an interception is acceptable, but not every 20 passes like Cox. Murray threw no intercpetions yesterday. He showed good judgment in that area, and that’s the most important stat for him right now as a young QB.

Murray threw a td and passed for 127 yards in just 2 quarters, which would finish with 24 td’s, O int’s, and 3000 yards after the regular season over 12 games, which would be terrific.

Anyone complaining about Murray’s performance yesterday on this blog, is likely a competitor, acting like a Georgia fan.

Tim Tucker

August 26th, 2010
8:10 am

Steve in Bama: Yes, Sturdivant did play, CMR said.

Moss

August 26th, 2010
8:13 am

Murray didn’t have 5 of his Offensive Lineman, these were all backups. If he did, his stats would have been around 60% accuracy instead of 52%, like this Spring’s 60% accuracy for Murray over the 3 scrimmages, and Murray probably wouldn’t have got sacked.

Tide Roll

August 26th, 2010
8:14 am

Enter your comments here

Tide Roll

August 26th, 2010
8:15 am

Ya’ll keep deldting me.

Reese

August 26th, 2010
8:16 am

I can live with Murray or Mason taking 24 sacks, as long as the interceptions are around 4-6 for the season. Tebow got sacked over 30 times last season, but only threw 5 interceptions, and Florida went 13-1.

Pdub

August 26th, 2010
8:20 am

Bunch of Larry Munson’s up in here. Settle down, guys. You can’t take anything out of a one half, closed scrimmage against teammates. UGA will be fine as long as they get 5 ydc in the running game, which they should have no problem doing.

Pdub

August 26th, 2010
8:22 am

” I can live with Murray or Mason taking 24 sacks, as long as the interceptions are around 4-6 for the season.”

4-6? Don’t get your hopes up, champ. Throwing less than 7 picks and you have a true freshman backing up a rs freshman? If the number is 10 or less, I’d be thrilled. David Greene threw 11 picks his rs Freshmen year if I remember correctly.

Papadawg

August 26th, 2010
8:22 am

I think Murray has the heart to play football and will only improve as he plays. We haven’t had much heart and talent at QB in awhile. Stafford had arm and that was about it

david

August 26th, 2010
8:23 am

whats all this Hutson Mason love? I HATE how simpletons love backup quarterbacks…
Murray will be fine, everyone in the know seems to believe in him and have for a looooooong time. But if you idiots are going to want to see him pulled so that a lesser qualified younger kid that put up “system numbers” last fall in cobb county, then you may as well not pull for uga this year.

Elk

August 26th, 2010
8:23 am

Murray got jitters, that’s expected. He handled them pretty well, threw a couple of passes to a safe area, where either our guy catches it, or it’s an incompletion. He had a bunch more overthrows than 2 on G-Day, and he threw an interception on G-Day and had 0 Td’s, so he’s getting better in all 3 areas.

AthensDawg

August 26th, 2010
8:24 am

Amen Hill,

These are just scrimmage stats people! Why are we getting ready to fire people and throw Murray under the bus?! The game is right around the corner lets wait to see what the kid can do. Do you think CMR would release all of his stats from scrimmage? As a student I am embarrassed to see what some of you alumni are saying on here. The season is around the corner, then we’ll see. Sept 4th between the hedges! GOOOOO DAWGS!

Reese

August 26th, 2010
8:25 am

Florida & Alabama’s QB’s are throwing less than 6 interceptions a year, McElroy only threw 4 last year, and only passed for 16 td’s, and he was young too.

SimpleDawg

August 26th, 2010
8:25 am

Thankfully, we have ULL to conduct a real dress rehearsal before the USCe and Arky games.

Murray will be fine by Sept 11. I just hope all of the big fellas are well hydrated and properly conditioned for that game….because we all know that it’ll be 100 degrees, with 80% humidity, and 83,000 screaming fanatics deluded with thoughts of 13-0….and a National Championship. He’ll be a veteran after that game.

That will be the big test…..from there on, things become manageable for the freshman QB.

Papadawg

August 26th, 2010
8:27 am

What happened to we have a pretty good running game and can win with that and not throwing every down. I think there is enough good on this offense that will overcome the freshman screwups

Bride of Chucky Knapp

August 26th, 2010
8:31 am

My God, a freshman!

We MUST run the ball. Again, again, and again.

Moss

August 26th, 2010
8:31 am

Richt’s not letting Murray throw to TE’s yet, that will take the pressure off in a real game, as LB’s can’t cover Georgia’s TE’s.

Murray’s throwing to receivers onyl right now, because that’s where he needs the most work. But he’ll be hitting TE’s and RB’s in the games, and his results will be better.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

August 26th, 2010
8:31 am

What everyone is missing is Murry is in a non-contact jersey

He has been here a year and knows everyone and the plays so its not like he is green and worried about what his teammates think of him or doesnt know where the play is going

My point is he should have a better completion rate than 9-17, 8-20, 10-22 when not having to worry about a hostile crowd or getting his head knocked off

are we having a problem teaching the QB position like, tackling under Willie the Great.

Can he not see the players, have him drop back more but something has to change because your not going to tote the rock in this league and hope to pull it out with a new defensive scheme coming in

Dangerous

August 26th, 2010
8:32 am

Bottom line is who is coaching these kids at QB up. Bobo sucks!!! Bobo can’t call plays!!! They would do Murray so much good to give him a good slant pkg (5 yrds, 10 yrds, 15 yrds.. etc) and not just keep this kid in the pocket to get killed. They also should just wear out the tide end down the middle. Orson Charles reminds me so much of Randy McMichael. How about running a draw play from a 3 or 4 receiver set once in awhile (you never did that last year). Be just a little more f”n creative than the silly pop warner you are Boblo.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 26th, 2010
8:35 am

I agree

Were not going to be able to run the ball and expect to keep up with a team like Arkansas with a new defense in place

Murry will be needed to help us pull it out, because as we saw last year Arkansas can put up points quickly

Berry

August 26th, 2010
8:35 am

Murray completed @40% of passes on G-Day, it wasn’t great, but he’s up @50% now, so he’s improving.

Yeah, he needs to be at @60% if he wants an NFL look, but he’s improving from G-Day.

Papadawg

August 26th, 2010
8:37 am

Why is everbody so scared of South Carolina. Maybe beause you still remember the Spurrier coached Gator teams that whipped our butts every year. Well he doesn’t have the talent he had then nor the fire he had then and I for one say bring him on

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 26th, 2010
8:38 am

Dangerous

I totally agree

Thats why we look stupid against Sabin, Meyer, and oh yea Monty Kiffen because good coaching can see exactly what you point out that is obvious with our play calling

Long Gator

August 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Lather up Bride of Chucky… You got through the
honeymoon and you will get through this.

The Beatdown will continue in Jacksonville again this year.

Homed In

August 26th, 2010
8:47 am

Mallet stunk on the road last year, 40% compeltion. Got creamed by Alabama’s 3-4, Ark only scored 7 points aganst the 3-4 on the road.

Dangerous

August 26th, 2010
8:48 am

Another year of wasted talent!!!!! I think Granthem and our D will be great, but our O will flounder yet again. Papadawg, we just get by SC and that’s if we win each year. Coaching is everything and you know SC has that. They may not have depth, but we are at the begining of the year for them and injuries haven’t taken a toll on SC yet. It’s always later in the year that gets them.

Drake

August 26th, 2010
8:49 am

SC is the least of Georgia’s worries.

1) Richt’s 7-2 against SC, wins 78% of SC match-ups
2) Richt’s 39-5 in away games, and SC is an away game, wins 88% of away games

DawginLex

August 26th, 2010
8:50 am

From what I am hearing, Murray has a big case of nerves. Folks, he ain’t David Greene. Honestly, I believe he and Mason will end up splitting reps. The kid has ability but if he is crapping all over himself in a scrimmage, it doesn’t bode well in columbia.

I hope he can overcome it. It is bad to say but maybe he needs a little adversity to show him that he will be ok even if things go bad.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2010
8:50 am

Columbus Dawg, Stafford is doing just fine in Detroit. For being in Detroit he had pretty good rookie year with the supporting cast he had. Just as good a year or better than the great Sanchez in NY.

How much starting time did McElroy have for Bama before he started last year? I don’t recall very much maybe a Bama fan can tell us. Thing is McElroy had a lot of experience around him and he handled the situation great. Murray will be asked to managed the games and not lose them and hopefully grow as the season goes on. I am not worried. The kid is supposed to have a ton of talent and I think he will do fine. One thing Richt can do is coach QB’s and Murray is a QB. We will be fine.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 26th, 2010
8:50 am

9-17 against the Scout Team, give me a break, the Gators are scared to death
of this great QB.