Hard hits on QB Murray ‘alarming’

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray scrambles out of the pocket (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray scrambles out of the pocket (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS –- One thing Georgia’s football team absolutely cannot afford is an injury to quarterback Aaron Murray. And yet Murray’s competitive instinct is to squeeze every yard from every play – an instinct that sometimes puts him on the receiving end of ferocious hits at the end of runs.

“Yeah, they’re alarming when you hear them on the sideline,” said Mike Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “In the booth, you don’t hear those collisions.

“He’s just got to be a smarter runner. We definitely like what’s doing, making plays out of the pocket, but when you’re scrambling on first and second down get what you can and get down. I can understand a guy going for it on third down or when he’s in the red zone trying to get in the end zone. . . . He’s just got to be smarter and pick his spots.”

And how does a young quarterback learn to pick his spots?

“He just keeps getting hit,” Bobo said. “He’s a competitive guy and thinks he can make something happen every play. He’ll learn. Hopefully he’ll learn before he gets knocked out of a game.”

In theory, at least, Murray agrees with Bobo. In a game, though, his competitive spirit tends to take over. And, hey, he sort of likes the contact.

“I mean, I grew up playing defense,” said Murray, a safety on his high school team in 10th grade. “So I kind of miss the contact a little bit, I guess.

“I know I should be a little bit smarter. I’ve talked to Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach Bobo about getting down and getting out of bounds.”

He’s even worked on his slide technique.

“This year is the first time I’ve ever slid in my life,” Murray said. “I did it two times at Colorado. It’s definitely something I need to continue doing, something I need to have ingrained in my mind.”

So far, Murray has been able to quickly jump up from all of the hits, including, in Richt’s words, “some pretty brutal licks.”

“You never want to lay down on the ground and give [the defense] the satisfaction,” Murray said. “You pop back up and you get back in the huddle, and it reassures everyone that you’re fine.”

232 comments Add your comment

red&black

October 20th, 2010
5:13 am

Get down Murray, we need you on the field!

dawgright

October 20th, 2010
5:21 am

Great job so far son, but number 1 is survival, gotta live to play another day….

76-DAWG

October 20th, 2010
5:25 am

What Murray is doing now should have been from the beginning . The only thing that held Murray back in the first 3 or 4 games was Bobo.
Murray is definitely a play maker and should be allowed to do anything from the play book. I wonder how many plays Murray is changing at the line after seeing what defense is set up?

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
5:57 am

Aaron Murray slid 2 times against Colorado.

They BEAT US, and then the week after were beat by Baylor bears.

We have LOST 4 games already.

# 53 Total Offense

# 51 Scording Offense

# 14 Total Defense

# 20 Scoring Defense

In short, we have NOT DONE WELL ON OFFENSE.

How many plays has Aaron Murray checked out of at the line ?

Damn few all season long.

I like this though.

Offensive Coordinator CRITICIZING OUR BEST FOOTBALL PLAYER ON OUR TEAM TO THE AJ-C’S Tim Tucker.

Wonderful.

You can’t be that stupid, can you Bobo ?

The reason you got moved from Defense is because you are TOO SMALL A GUY to be playing Defense.

Hutson Mason is going to be just great. Keep telling yourself that with our FOUR (4) LOSSES already. In the blow-out of the vols, we could not get Hutson Mason on the field for 1 single solitary play.

How smart is it to keep harping on this we are NOT OUT of The SEC as the # 8 team in The SEC before we play a team who has beat us 2 of the last 4 ? We talk about ALL THE WRONG discussion at the very most inapproproiate time. We should not be dissing Kentucky by saying that WE are NOT OUT of a race we have been out of since Game 2.

Whopper Dawg

October 20th, 2010
6:24 am

Get the hell down, if he keeps stretching it, he’ll get stretched. That simple.

Kramer

October 20th, 2010
6:27 am

I think Bulldog Joe got up on the wrong side of the bed. Put the coffee down and relax.

Paddy

October 20th, 2010
6:34 am

Bulldog Joe dosen’t get out much, does he? Chill pard!!

You're right Joe,

October 20th, 2010
6:36 am

what they should do, since their “season is over” is hang up the pads and forfeit the rest of the season. I swear, you people look for something to b!tch about every single freaking day.

No one is disrespecting UK because they still have hope of playing for something this year. I assure you that from last years results and last week’s UK-USC game that they are well aware of UK’s capabilities.

Good grief…

Loganville Dawg

October 20th, 2010
6:37 am

Murray is doing most of the things a great, instinctive QB does. He should not be overcoached. He will quickly learn how to better protect himself. Our blocking continues to improve and his options between our running attack and passing attack have improved a whole lot in the past few games. All those factors will help him more than a good “how to slide down” plan.

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:38 am

I see in the paper today that Georgia tek is building a replacement for the Big Tet. Cost $ 45 million dollars.

8,900

seats.

You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, right ?

8,900 seats ?

Red

October 20th, 2010
6:40 am

Way to stay positive and continuing to support your team the rest of the way, Bulldog Joe. How smart is it that we keep harping at the four losses that’s already HISTORY! Relax man! We all want to be coaches but only a few can do it. That’s why we’re coaching from an AJC blog.

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:41 am

No.

What we should do is to

BRAG

How great we are before we play a team who

BEAT US 2 of the last 4 games

Talk about NOTHING but how we are still in The SEC race.

B.S. we are.

If we are WELL AWARE OF KY’S ABILITY,

then why in the Name of God has NO ONE SAID

Let’s beat KY.

No, what everyone is saying is we are still in the damn SEC race

We are NOT

crap sandwich

October 20th, 2010
6:42 am

I have seen in my day, man QB’s take the out of bound route only to be smashed on the sideline and injured, often with a penalty by the opposing team. I have also seen many late hits with sliding QB’s that got hurt on the play. Look if we are going to ask Murray to use his legs to make plays, no matter what we do he is vulnerable. Does anyone remember the Arkansas game when Murray was smashed at the Ark player on the last drive? That was going back to throw the ball with all receivers going long. Look Bobo if you want to nanny this QB, please don’t

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:44 am

Let’s all FORGET

that Aaron Murray has LOST 4 games of his first 7

including to HAPLESS COLORADO

Let’s just sit here before we play KY who just beat South Carolina

And, tell them HOW DAMN GREAT THEY ARE ?

How about that ?

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:46 am

Let’s have the

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

yell to the

AJ-C

how our QB will NOT DO what he wants him to do

crap sandwich

October 20th, 2010
6:48 am

Bulldog Joe, did Murray lose the Colorado game? Did Aaron Murray lose the first 4 out of 7 games, gee I thought the TEAM lost these games, fool.

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:50 am

41-18 over the years 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 overall

11-11 over the years 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 vs SEC East

We have a game vs Kentucky (beat So Carolina last week)

So, let’s send the OC to tell AJ-C of all people

that our QB will NOT do what Bobo tells him to do

Nor CMR

He is our best player

Has been all year

He is small and

VULNERABLE

Let’s make sure we POINT THAT OUT TO KY

so

11-12 vs SEC East last 5 years

41-19 last 5 years

& oh yeah, let’s BRAG on the players at 3-4 on the season

And, tell them they are doing GREAT

Can Win The SEC East.

B.S.

elvisaintdead

October 20th, 2010
6:50 am

Nobody like trolls or AWs, BJ.
Play nice or go call talk radio.

USMC DAWG

October 20th, 2010
6:50 am

Joe, get back to playing PS3. I know you are averaging 75 points a game and 800 yards of offense every game. Maybe you should send Richt and Bobo some of the plays you use.

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:53 am

Just checking now

David Greene was a GREAT QB because he WON games as Starter

Aaron Muray has LOST 4 of his 1st 7 including to HAPLESS COLORADO

And, yes Aaron Murray LOST that game

What game were you watching ?

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:53 am

Send Bobo

PACKING

not plays

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:55 am

A whole room for of posters

3-4 on season

11-11 vs SEC East last 5 years now this season

And, you want me to come in here and put on our

Bulldogs are great face…

Try AGAIN

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
6:55 am

Beat KY

And, shut the hell up about ALL THE REST

BobDawg

October 20th, 2010
6:55 am

….HEY BULL….JOE….maybe we allow Murray (redshirt freshman) to grow up before our eyes and enjoy the rest of the season…. BTW, Joe… are you going to the Ky. game???… sounds like you are not….

crap sandwich

October 20th, 2010
6:56 am

Bulldog Joe, have not seen one coach talk about us being back in the race for the SEC race. I have read YOU writing about it. The coaches and players are focusing on Kentucky make no mistake about that. Why is it so bad low Joe to applaud players that are excelling on a 3-4 team? Dent, Robinson, Williams, Houston, Durham, Murray, just to name a few are having great years. I

crap sandwich

October 20th, 2010
6:58 am

Bulldog Joe, sad man you are.

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

October 20th, 2010
7:04 am

Bulldog Joe,

Just add a little MoviPrep to your coffee this morning, fasten the seat belt on your toilet and hold on for a good ride.

59bulldawg

October 20th, 2010
7:10 am

Joe while I agree that coaching changes need to be made, I don’t think you can hang our losses on Murray. The kid’s playing his heart out and I think he’s doing a damn good job.

Army Dawg in Iraq

October 20th, 2010
7:10 am

I’m thinking Bulldog Joe is unhappy with GA. Is it just me?

Dawg Food

October 20th, 2010
7:17 am

Bulldog Joe— How do you have so much anger this early in the morning about a subject matter you clearly know nothing about?? I know you’re going to have a great Wednesday!! Stay positive pal!

RealDawg

October 20th, 2010
7:19 am

Learning to slide is a necessary survival skill. Learning when to use it is another thing.

Bulldog Joe if you can’t tell Murray has made progress then you haven’t been watching. Step away from the Joe…Joe.

ken

October 20th, 2010
7:22 am

Lets face it, anybody that quotes negative stats from previous games is not a bulldog fan! Get off our blog! And yes it AJC,but is about UGA! If you are a fan ,prove it!

JB

October 20th, 2010
7:22 am

Florida would kill. I mean kill to have Murray running their offense….Brantley is a pure pocket passer and ought to be in Athens running our offense, Murray theirs……But I’ll take our guy.
I think he’s going to be the SEC freshman of the Year…..and LeMay will de-committ… after seeing that and thinking we are set at QB for the next 3 years…..

RomeDawg

October 20th, 2010
7:30 am

Bulldog Joe,

While listing all of the stats about our offense, you cleverly failed to recognize the difference with and without AJ Green. (The BEST offensive playmaker in the country.) Numbers are a funny thing and can be spun however needed to make your point.

Is it Bulldog Joe or Bandwagon Joe?

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
7:30 am

MY MOM says i have to go to SCHOOL now

ken

October 20th, 2010
7:30 am

I thought so!

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
7:34 am

the Techies are 5-2 KANSAS is SCARY

Bulldog Joe

October 20th, 2010
7:35 am

my girlfriend wears a VEIL and i CAN’T TOUCH HER or even see her but AT LEAST SHE lets me buy her DINNER

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
7:37 am

The Dawgs are really no different than any other team out there. We will only go as far as our Q.B takes us. I saw this kid play in high school. He is a winner and a firey competitor. Is game is to scramble when needed-thats how he plays the game. Our back up is the same way-also likes to run.

Bulldawg Bob

October 20th, 2010
7:38 am

Hey Bulldog Joe. I don’t know what your problem with A. Murray is, but he is playing pretty darn good for a freshman QB. One of the bright spots on the team. In addition, right now, he has just as good as or better stats than David Greene or Matthew Stafford did their freshman years through the first 7 games of the season. Murray thru 7 games at 61.9 % comp. perc., 12 TDs to 3 INTs, 157.16 Rating. David Greene had in 2001 59.3 % comp. perc., 17 TDs to 9 INTs, 143.3 rating with an 8-4 record. Matthew Stafford had in 2006 52.7% comp. perc., 7 TDs to 13 INTs, 109 rating with an 10-3 record but that nice record wasn’t the result of Stafford’s qb play for sure. Murray reminds me of D.J. Shockley with a better arm.

If you knew anything about football, the o-line has been the biggest issue so far this season with poor pass protection and poor run blocking in those 4 losses. I do agree with you that all this talk of now being back in the SEC race is premature…we need to not take KY for granted and go out and win that game.

Anyways cheer up man…go Dawgs!

Brad

October 20th, 2010
7:44 am

BULLDOG JOE – You do know that Aaron Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency and passing TD’s for a freshman.

JB

October 20th, 2010
7:44 am

Ya’ll are giving this Bulldog Joe guy too much attention…… He’s a hater….

Scrambled Dawg

October 20th, 2010
7:55 am

Murray will learn to protect himself by sliding at the end of scrambles. He’s a smart 19 year old Redshirt Freshman, and I for one am excited to see how well he’s played this season. He looks like a competitor and a leader to me. “Bulldog” Joe really isn’t a Bulldog, just ignore him like everyone else does..

Decatur Dawg

October 20th, 2010
7:59 am

Bobo, if you would quit calling horrible plays on 1st and 2nd downs(3rd down as well), maybe Murry doesn’t have to scramble!!! Or coach the players to get open!!!

Fire Bobo!

MontyP

October 20th, 2010
8:02 am

The most devasting hits Murray has taken this year were the result of the offensive line and running backs completely missing their blocking assignments and Murray getting blind sided in the backfield. Had he been given more liberty to run the ball in games 2 through 5 they may have won all of those games even with the fumbles by Ealey and King. The kid was recruited in part because of his ability to make plays with his feet so you need to let the kid make plays with his feet when nobody is open. Then you get Bobo putting the fear of God into him telling him to never run the ball. How many times were the Dawgs in the redzone and he could have walked into the endzone but he threw the ball into the stands because nobody was open. The only reason he is using his feet now is because Mark Richt intervened. Let the kid play and good things will happen for the Dawgs!

edumacated

October 20th, 2010
8:11 am

Is this the famous Bulldog Joe that Mark Richt mentioned last week, or just a cheap imitation?

edumacated

October 20th, 2010
8:13 am

I gotta admit that I wasn’t too high on Murray after the spring game and the first couple of games into the season, but that guy is looking better and better.
Now if Richt can just put the pieces in place around him.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 20th, 2010
8:17 am

Have I been banned from the vent for some unknown reason? I sent two vents but they were not recorded.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 20th, 2010
8:18 am

Guess it was just the usual AJC.

bitter meat cleaver weaver

October 20th, 2010
8:21 am

coach bobo would like me to help the boy, on my way, call 911, get a room ready for aaron, sorry kid, some leasons in life are painfull!! P.S. hershal never ran over me yaaaaaw.