‘No more soccer’ for Aaron Murray

ATHENS — Not quite two weeks after spraining his right ankle in a pickup soccer game on campus, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is off crutches, out of the walking boot, starting to do a little running and looking forward to the start of spring football practice.

“No more soccer,” Murray said Thursday. “No basketball, soccer, baseball, softball — none of that stuff. Just football from here on out.”

He said the ankle injury occurred “just going up for a header. Just came down wrong on it. Just rolled it a little bit.” The scariest part, he said, was the thought of telling coaches Mark Richt and Mike Bobo.

On the ground immediately after the injury, “I was, like, ‘Oh man, I don’t want to tell Coach Bobo,’” Murray said. “I was, like, ‘This is not going to be good.’”

But he said the ankle “didn’t hurt too bad, just swelled up a little bit, so I [thought] it was probably just a little sprain.” X-rays and an MRI  confirmed that diagnosis.

Murray was amazed by the interest in the minor injury, which briefly sparked false rumors of a broken leg or ankle.

“I got out of the MRI and had about 50 text messages,” he said. “People from everywhere were texting me. . . . It got a little out of control with rumors.’”

Murray expects to be  a full participant in spring practice, which starts next Thursday.

The injury did curtail his off-season throwing for a while. While in the walking boot, which he shed this week, Murray said he threw passes “on my knees or standing still — not really dropping back and throwing routes, just making sure my arm is in shape [and] ready to go.” But on Thursday evening, he was throwing conventionally to his receivers. He reported via Twitter:  “To UGA defense … I’m backkkk! Time to throw some TDs in skelly tonight.”

Murray’s disavowal of soccer is his own choice, apparently. Richt said he has never had a rule against playing other sports or participating in various activities because “I want these guys to live their lives and enjoy it. It seems like no matter what you do, somebody can still stumble down the stairs and get hurt.”

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83 comments Add your comment

BirdDog

March 3rd, 2011
7:20 pm

could it be?

Dawg Whisperer

March 3rd, 2011
7:30 pm

Yes, it’s true, BirdDog. You’re first and you’ve have won an all expenses paid trip to the AJC sports blog. You’re one lucky dog!

rally the dawgs

March 3rd, 2011
7:41 pm

I know back in my days playing baseball we had to sign waivers not to play other sports. I am not saying Murray can’t be a kid, but for Heaven’s sake it is an elite NCAA school, and I am just curious why those aren’t conditions of athletes in top positions. I bet you 100% no QB of Nick Saban is playing soccer! Geez.

JDawg

March 3rd, 2011
7:55 pm

Yeah, and Nick Saban signs more players than he has scholarships for. Then he takes them away from whoever isn’t helping the team win now. And he has seven players on the team with criminal records before they ever came to Alabama (see latest SI). Would be nice to win a NC, but prefer an honorable person instead. I have interacted with both on more than one occasion, and give me Richt any day. Just ask their families whom they love and respect more.

Delta Flight Attendent

March 3rd, 2011
7:59 pm

wow he is getting smarter everyday. I guess common sense 2301 Mon & Wed @ noon is really paying off. Now if h will take Beating a team with a winning record 1010 we will be all good.

UGA Alumnus

March 3rd, 2011
8:03 pm

jimmymack

March 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

it’s a business take care of your primary obligation

Macclenny_dawg

March 3rd, 2011
8:25 pm

He could have walked out of class and stepped in a hole and broke his ankle. Let the guy have some fun. If its meant 2 be it will happen anywhere any time!!! Go Dawgs!!!

woebegong

March 3rd, 2011
8:36 pm

This kid id going to be all SEC this year. He has a desire to win, and he respects his coaches. Give him an offensive line and he will make it happen.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Delta Flight Attendent

March 3rd, 2011
9:11 pm

You guys know you be wishing for Mettenburger before the season is over.
@Macclenny you are right it could happen anywhere. That is exactally why you don’t take more risks. I could die driving home so I guess I should just drive 90 on a race track because it could happen if I was going 55.

Worm

March 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm

Go find Wooten, Brown, Charles and White and just throw footballs!

ozzfest

March 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm

Aaron, I am glad you are out of the walking boot…NOW DITCH THE GLOVES, TOO!!!!

Worm

March 3rd, 2011
9:14 pm

Delta, if you are for real, I’ll be flying Southwest!

Delta Flight Attendent

March 3rd, 2011
9:24 pm

Worm we don’t fly to cow pie trailer park towns.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 3rd, 2011
9:44 pm

Where is that Murray stalker who keeps on bashing the fellow?

D A DoubleU G

March 3rd, 2011
9:57 pm

Glad Murray is feeling better.

Anybody who sits on their ass on a ajc blog and tells the kid he cannot and should not play recreation sports while enjoying his glory days at the most beautiful campus in America, with the prettiest girls in America, is a real vicariously driven d-bag.

Get out and enjoy your life, Aaron, the first chance you get. If that means going skydiving, rock climbing, or bull riding in Spain anytime between now and Spring Practice, and from then til Summer workouts, GO DO IT. BE A KID.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

184 days!!!!

hey jdawg

March 3rd, 2011
9:59 pm

you make it sound like bama has a lock on thugs and criminals. haven’t you seen the blotter on the UGA athletes from last year? it’s disgusting, and coach richt is responsible for this program. the buck stops with him.

D A DoubleU G

March 3rd, 2011
10:09 pm

because Mark Richt OBVIOUSLY instructed his players to have fireworks on the 4th of july, not have a middle name, emerge from an alley on a scooter, drive when they knew they shouldn’t, or not pay the parking ticket.

Good points “hey jdawg”…. absolutely heinous and disgusting crimes!!! Mark Richt needs to go!!!!

Ga Dawg 97

March 3rd, 2011
10:24 pm

Maybe he should take up soccer. He is the most over hyped player in UGA history. He’s 5 foot nothing and plays his worst in big games. Freshman or not, he is not our future. I would like to see Lemay behind center in the fall.

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

March 3rd, 2011
10:25 pm

Who let Hey Dog on here?

Delta Flight Attendent

March 3rd, 2011
10:40 pm

DA Double
So if Murray gets hurt and can no longer play football, then you want him to keep his scholarship right? That is a Scholarship lost because the kid did something to risk his health other than the thing he is being paid to do.

Gravy Train

March 3rd, 2011
10:52 pm

You bet if any player on scholarship at UGA gets hurt they will keep their scholarship. Coach Richt has done it before and he will do it again. He understands the meaning of commitment.

A male Delta Flight Attendent? Go attend your man crush with Saban. Just don’t get to committed.

bad brad

March 3rd, 2011
10:52 pm

Hey Delta,
I dont think you’re really a flt attendant; if you were you would know how to spell it.

Joe

March 3rd, 2011
11:03 pm

Soccer is for real men for sure.

D A DoubleU G

March 3rd, 2011
11:41 pm

Those who obsess over Murray needing to live in a box except for 14 days a year are the equivalent of a 13 year old girl with Bieber Fever.

Go. Have. Fun. Aaron.

The grown men on this blog who want you as their puppet are pathetic. I, and they, wish we were in your shoes.

Go Dawgs!!!!!!
184 days

i know some things

March 3rd, 2011
11:45 pm

well said ‘JDAWG’….RITCH IS THE MAN..ANYBODY WHO THINKS OTHERWISE IS STRAIGHT RETARDED..IF UGA FIRED HIM TOMORROW HE WOULD HAVE A JOB BEFORE HE WENT TO SLEEP…MORENO AND STAFFORD LEAVING ”EARLY” MESSED THAT NEXT YEAR UP..HE HAS A PLAN WHERE HE HAS CERTAIN AMOUT OF PLAYERS AT EACH POSITION AND HE DIDNT KNOW THAT ESPN WOULD OVERHYPE THEM AND MAKE EM LEAVE UGA ”EARLY” AND OBVIOUSLY CHANGES IN COACHING PLAYED IN LAST YEARS UNSUCCESS BUT YOU WILLL SEE….UGAS DEFENSE WASA BETTER THAN BAMA’S BEFORE THE 9TH WEEK..THINGS FELL APART AND A BAD RECORD WILL MAKE PLAYERS NOT PLAY 100%…..WE WILL BE BADASS NEXT YEAR..THE DREAM TEAM IS FOR REAL…BET

Gator Gus

March 4th, 2011
12:03 am

Gator Nation is happy Murray’s ok, you guys should keep him as your starter forever.

Honolulu Dawg

March 4th, 2011
12:16 am

Gator Gus… I bet you wish Tebow could be the starter forever? HAHA!

Carlton

March 4th, 2011
1:07 am

Thank God-the world can rest safely now..

And just to think, I was the guy at the ‘09 Kentucky game who left the stadium chanting “Aaron-Murray” while walking up the steps..and no one chanted with me. Shows how much our Bulldawg Nation keeps up with people before they’re a big deal, huh?

RED DOG 77

March 4th, 2011
1:22 am

I can’t wait to see Aaron Murray show-up Kellen Moore in the opener…………That my friends, will be one cool BULLDOG win !

Stinger2

March 4th, 2011
4:08 am

This whole story about Murray from the beginning to now has been over hyped. It was a non-event because there was no major injury.

AltamahaDawg

March 4th, 2011
6:39 am

The 90 MPH on a race track example is a pretty poor comparison. Clearly that is taking extraordinary risk. Comparing that to a college kid playing a backyard ball game, doesn’t land your point. If doing that was something the average driver would do in the cource of just “living thier life”, then ok. Is it?

AltamahaDawg

March 4th, 2011
6:42 am

Although it does reveal a bit about you to say 90 mph! as some kind of a big deal on a motor sport road way. You woudn’t even know you were going fast at 90.

Buckeye

March 4th, 2011
7:49 am

Did Roethlisberger sell his motorcycle?

ugab

March 4th, 2011
7:51 am

Murray said he was worried about CMR and Bobo’s reaction to playing soccer. Murray should know better. CMR is not got a grip on his team! What punishment is Murray going to serve for putting his season in jeopardy? Since we doing it the GA WAY

D A DoubleU G

March 4th, 2011
8:19 am

ugab,

you sir….. are an idiot.

“CMR doesn’t have a grip on his team because his star ATHLETES are participating in ATHLETICS on beautiful spring-like Saturdays”

How is the Golden Corral management track working out for you out in Butts county??

Old Boy

March 4th, 2011
8:42 am

Yeah, the idea of a kid playing another sport during college is almost criminal. I would never want one of those atheletes. No Charlie Ward, Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, AJ Green… any football player who would play any other sport, even for fun, would not be welcome on my team. “Lighten up Francis”

wdm

March 4th, 2011
8:56 am

ugab is another idiot like Mark Bradley who has it in for Mark Richt out of pure jealousy. I am sure when ugab was a scholarship athlete…wait, ugab isn’t a scholarshp athlete and never has been because he hasn’t left his mother’s basement since his freshmen year in high school Get a life.

bitter larry munson (9") size does matter

March 4th, 2011
9:03 am

murry is a fine example of a collage kid—–bottom line if I had been the coach at UGA—-no way mecklenburg gets kicked off team for grabbing as—-. god squad made that call!!!!!

———————–there’s no crying in the SEC————yaaaaaaaw

Alabama Jack

March 4th, 2011
9:22 am

He can try football now.

Old Boy

March 4th, 2011
9:31 am

We had Karl Mecklenburg? I didn’t know he still had eligibility. Even though he is 50, I think our defense could have used him last year. Not sure what he has to do with an article on Murray though.

Destin Dawg

March 4th, 2011
9:40 am

Hutson Mason and Boo Malcome will surprise us THIS YEAR !!!

Sorry guy

March 4th, 2011
9:45 am

Destin Dawg – Hutson will surprise us while he is on the bench. He is currently 3rd string.

DawginLex

March 4th, 2011
9:47 am

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Techster

March 4th, 2011
10:00 am

Anyone with kids knows that they can get hurt at any time. My gosh, I was hurt at a Tickle Pile when I was at Georgia Tech.

JAWJeRDAWG

March 4th, 2011
10:33 am

@ ugab

“Murray said he was worried about CMR and Bobo’s reaction to playing soccer.”

That wasn’t exactly why Aaron said he worried. The point in this article on Murray’s injury was:

“On the ground immediately after the injury, “I was, like, ‘Oh man, I don’t want to tell Coach Bobo,’” Murray said. “I was, like, ‘This is not going to be good.”

Aaron wasn’t worried about telling CMR and CMB about his playing soccer. He was worried about having to tell them that he had injured his ankle while he was playing soccer.

You’re statement wasn’t quite Aaron’s exact concern. Just saying.

SUPERBAD

March 4th, 2011
10:40 am

F#$%ing’ calm down Aaron, it’s soccer, it’s soccer!

AltamahaDawg

March 4th, 2011
10:43 am

Aaron would have said, “I hate to tell coach” about hurting his ankle, had he stumbled down the stairs, too.

Talladawg

March 4th, 2011
10:48 am

Not too long ago young men were EXPECTED to play football in Fall, basketball in Winter, AND baseball in Spring/Summer. I agree with not taking stupid chances (e.g. – bullriding, or motocross, or riding scooters especially without helmets), but they have to live.

SE GA Dawg Fan

March 4th, 2011
11:04 am

When the recent issue of SI arrived at our home with the cover indicating the 25 top colleges with football players with criminal records, I thought it would be all about UGA. From reading the AJC sports online, you would think that would be the situation, but to my surprise, UGA didn’t make the top 25…it’s no where in the article, but Tech is!!! Maybe you AJC sports writers need to discuss this and quit making UGA the bad guy.