Miss. State coach recruited Murray for Gators (and lots more notes)
Cleaning out the notebook before heading to Starkville:
- If Dan Mullen, the Mississippi State coach and former Florida offensive coordinator, had gotten his way, Aaron Murray would be a Gator. Mullen said this week that he has known Murray since the UGA QB was a freshman at Plant High School in Tampa. That’s when Murray came on the Gators’ recruiting radar.
“Watching him develop now,” Mullen said, “you see a guy who has a lot of talent, has a very, very strong arm and has the athletic ability to improvise and get himself out of trouble and make plays with his legs.”
- One day this week, Kris Durham was wearing the gear of two of pro sports’ losingest franchises — a Detroit Lions T-shirt and a Kansas City Royals cap. There’s an explanation. Durham’s former roommate is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and his brother-in-law is Royals relief pitcher Blake Wood.
- On the practice field early this week, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos was heard reminding his players, loudly: “380! You gave up 380 [passing] yards last game!”
- Georgia and Mississippi State are the only teams that are 0-2 in the SEC. The other teams that have played two conference games are LSU (2-0) and Vanderbilt (1-1).
- It has been 20 years since Georgia lost three games in a row.
- Georgia was on a two-game losing streak the last time it played Mississippi State, too. Georgia won 27-24 on Oct. 21, 2006, in Athens as freshman Stafford threw two TD passes and defensive end Charles Johnson stripped the ball from MSU QB Michael Henig at the UGA 23 in the final seconds.
- Georgia opponents have committed only one turnover the past two weeks. Mississippi State committed five against LSU last week.
- Akeem Dent said he doesn’t get over a loss “till I get the next win. . . . You have a nasty taste in your mouth until you get the next victory.”
- Georgia players will get to do something Saturday they haven’t been able to do before any game this season: sleep in a bit. It’s the Bulldogs’ first night game of the season.
- Surprised that, after three games, Rantavious Wooten has only two catches for 14 yards.
- Saturday night’s game will be played in the nation’s second oldest Division I-A on-campus football stadium. Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium was built in 1914, making it one year younger than Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. “We are going,” Mark Richt said, “to the home of the cowbells.”