Aaron Murray to Isaiah Crowell: Don’t worry, I’ve got your back

In case you missed it, here is my practice report from Friday . . .

ATHENS – Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell need not worry about forgetting an assignment when the Bulldogs face No. 5 Boise State next Saturday. If Crowell is not sure what to do, all he has to do is ask.

“Especially in the first few games,” Murray said this week. “Those are going to be like home games for us, without a bunch of crowd noise. So we should be able to communicate a lot and I think that’s going to help with him getting his feet wet. I told him, ‘I’m right there with you. No matter what, you just look at me.’ I’m right beside him most of the time anyway or he’s right behind me.”

That said, Murray added that he doesn’t believe Crowell is going to need much assistance. Not from what he has seen in practices the last month.

“Isaiah’s looking great right now,” Murray said. “He’s working. He’s going a great job studying playbook and watching film. He’s meeting with [running backs coach Bryan] McClendon. And he’s looks good out there on the field in practice. He’s confident, he’s making some unbelievable cuts, he’s catching the ball nicely. I’m excited about seeing what he can do in that first game.”

Murray said it’s important for fans to realize that Crowell won’t be perfect in the early going and maybe not ever. But he says he can assure that the five-star prospect from Columbus is as good advertised.

“There are tons of guys who came in with all this hype that are, quote-unquote, busts,” he said. “But the way Isaiah has been working and studying his plays and everything, he looks great right now. I know it’s different when you get in there and there are TV cameras and 70 to 90,000 people yelling. But as of right now everybody on the team is excited about seeing what he can do.”

Long road to Atlanta

Max Corbet has been Boise State’s assistant athletic director for media relations for 25 years. In that time he has seen the Broncos’ football program rise from WAC also-ran to the most feared BCS-buster in the land.

He has also logged thousands of miles as the team crisscrossed the nation for football games. He recently talked to the AJC’s Doug Roberson about the logistical hurdles the Broncos will face in coming to Atlanta to play Georgia.

“It’s a long road trip but no different than the Virginia Tech game last year, which worked well for us,” Corbet said of that 33-30 victory. “Hopefully it will be the same this time.”

Corbet said Boise will go to Michigan State next year and Washington in 2013. ESPN is brokering those games just as it did the one Saturday against Georgia.

As for facing the Bulldogs in the Georgia Dome, he said it’s not ideal for the Broncos. “We are really in their backyard,” Corbet said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s not in Athens but it might as well be. Last year, eighty percent or more of the stadium was Virginia Tech people. That’s part of it. We don’t sit around and fret about it. We prepare for it.”

Corbet said Boise State will be arriving in Atlanta on Thursday.

At home in Dome

The Bulldogs bussed to Atlanta Friday in order to hold a closed practice at the Georgia Dome. The “dress rehearsal” practice even included the Bulldogs wearing their Nike Pro Combat uniforms, according to a tweet from quarterback Aaron Murray.

Head coach Mark Richt was extremely secretive about the practice but athletic director Greg McGarity was not sure why.

“Mark just asked me if they could do it and I said yes, of course,” McGarity said. “The Falcons are in there Thursday and Georgia State plays there Friday, so I think it was the only day we could get in there.”

Etc. . . .

Cornerback Branden Smith was spotted on campus Friday in a walking cast, or “boot.” UGA Sports Communications director Claude Felton said there would be no update provided Friday on Smith. . . . Georgia will work out again Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. . . . Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he expects nose guard John Jenkins (hamstring) to return to practice Saturday.

146 comments Add your comment


August 26th, 2011
9:10 pm

Ami first? if not i was VERY close


August 26th, 2011
9:24 pm

UGA '05

August 26th, 2011
9:29 pm

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GATSBA (Get After That Smurf Blue A$$!!!!!!!! One Week Away!!!!!!!!!!!!

just a fan

August 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

looks like you were first by a mile DS

tide roll

August 26th, 2011
9:33 pm

I’ve got your back now, but if you keep screaming at your offensive linemen — not so much


August 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

Jenkins may be returning to practice but is he SEC ready? Don;t think we will know till next year. Not much impact this season! Too bad. just don’t think he knew what to expect and it has overwhelmed him. I hope I am wrong. But we have heard this same theme many times before. Jr college players are a gamble.


August 26th, 2011
9:37 pm

tide roll, new material little fella. Boring!!!!!


August 26th, 2011
9:38 pm

Time to do it dawgs! Can’t wait till next saturday ,when we get a taste of horsey meat.GATA & GOOOOOOO DAWGS ,Sic’em


August 26th, 2011
9:42 pm

Can’t wait till next Saturday. La la la la la la let’s kick some smurf!


August 26th, 2011
9:45 pm

Hopefully secretive practice will be worthwhile. Maybe some spread offense or a special package/twist

Chip Towers

August 26th, 2011
9:47 pm

Say goodbye to “who cares?


August 26th, 2011
9:47 pm

Murray may have his back but all Boise will see is back going into the end zone

They Serve Gruel In Prison

August 26th, 2011
9:48 pm

B. Smith has supposedly stepped it up a notch in the off season…..not good if he’s injured.

Coach Paul Johnson

August 26th, 2011
9:49 pm

Dawgs are gonna loose to the Smurfs, meanwhile GT will be sitting pretty at 1-0 after yet another Thursday night victory!


August 26th, 2011
9:51 pm

@tide roll. get a life. we understand that you lust for offensive linemen. please go away. now, on to more important things. i think Georgia’s gonna punish Boise. that is all.

Gay Dawg

August 26th, 2011
9:51 pm

I got Murrays back….dibs.

cola dawg

August 26th, 2011
9:52 pm

Here is the tune to get you ready for some Georgia Football!



August 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

actually, wait… tide roll… i think alabama has got another three losses in ‘em this year. any takers?


August 26th, 2011
9:58 pm

Good night, “who cares?”. Play nice next time and stay a while.

The Branden Smith thing does not sound good. It is hard to believe that this is only Murray’s second year starting. I believe his leadership can carry us a long way. Keep up the good work Chip.


August 26th, 2011
10:01 pm

Just beat Boise State……

bandswagin fan

August 26th, 2011
10:04 pm

Any word on what is going on with Branden Smith?! The way everyone has been talking he has been playing great so far! That could be really big if he is injured…

Good night, Mr. Murray

August 26th, 2011
10:14 pm

Aaron Murray says he’ll look out for Isaiah Crowell

What a joke! Murray needs to look out for Murray. Boise State and South Carolina will hand him his head on a platter.

D A DoubleU G

August 26th, 2011
10:15 pm

If Smith is out, Damien Swann is going to be thrusted into the spotlight.

This makes it VITAL for our D-line to remain in Kellen Moore’s face constantly to break any rhythm

Janie in Pooler

August 26th, 2011
10:17 pm

Buh bye, dogs. Gonna be another long, losing season, bless your hearts.

Diehard Dawg

August 26th, 2011
10:20 pm

Folks, if you haven’t seen the video about Boise State, it is absolutely hilarious!



Diehard Dawg

August 26th, 2011
10:22 pm

Pooler…I heard a tornado blue through there the other day and did 7 million dollars worth of improvements.


August 26th, 2011
10:24 pm

The b. smith thing might be just a precaution if he tweaked his ankle just so he doesn’t speed a lot of time on it.


August 26th, 2011
10:27 pm

Banged up a little. Very minor I hear. He will be fine next Saturday.
No worries. Training staff just be extra cautious.

Hairy Dawg

August 26th, 2011
10:40 pm

That what I like to hear. Crowell is looking good and goning run like Herschel with his QB and line looking outs for him. I just read a mag in supermarket and Dawgs were 16 while Yechies is 50. Dawgs just gots to get through next two weeks and then easy rides all way to Bammer in Dome. We will stomp all over Boys Ez and then turn Visor Boys team into Chicken Poop Soup. Boise goning get shown to bunch of little pretender boys exposed by the real big men from SEC of Dawgs.


August 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

I think Aaron Murray, is showing the leadership, he lacked last year due to inexperience and the distractions UGA had on the field and in the locker room. He has stepped up to the front now, and he is a complete athlete. From what I can read, the players have a lot of confidence in him, and evidentally, so do a lot of sports writers, as he is pre-season all SEC. With so many youngsters slated to play an important part on the UGA team, his leadership will be very important, in assuring the DAWGS play well this year.



August 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

I love that Pooler joke!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 26th, 2011
10:45 pm

Good to Aaron Murray displaying the leadership. Not surprising from a young man who played the title game for Plant with a broken leg.


August 26th, 2011
10:46 pm

DiehardDawg with the KO of Pooler skank!


August 26th, 2011
10:54 pm

Janie must be a [****] grad, living in Pooler. Over the top! Doesn’t get any better.


August 26th, 2011
11:16 pm

Die Hard Dawg……it is funny. Of course, we havent beat anyone since 2005 as well.

Hairy Dawg

August 26th, 2011
11:17 pm

Janie in Pool must be hanging out in the kiddie pool with the warm yellow water and Baby Ruths.


August 26th, 2011
11:19 pm

Swagger….means you believe in what your doing.
Swagger….its a difference maker.
Swagger ….its confidence
Swagger….if you dont have it……you get the Dagger.


August 26th, 2011
11:27 pm

There is more riding on the performance of the defense. If it can become Junkyard Dawgs then this can be a great season. If not, well.


August 26th, 2011
11:32 pm

Tide Roll, WHO ARE YOU, Really?

Sweet Home Alabama

August 26th, 2011
11:37 pm

come play Bama Murray,we will take you and your running back out.

oh i forgot ,you want schedule us.


PS – Mutts i hope you win the EAST ,then you got to play us.Nice……………


August 26th, 2011
11:40 pm

Diehard Dawg,

I love my Broncos! But…I gotta say, that was one funny as a## youtube.


August 26th, 2011
11:42 pm

I will be glad when the Dawgs have the 1st game under their belt so that we can see what kind of team they really are. Speculations are just that and I am not feeling confident just yet. The D should be an improvement from last season and Murray has gained experience, so those are obviously good signs. I hope that Crowell can be the stand-out player that we need to make those crucial big plays. I have hope for a great season and next Sat. will tell us all that we need to know about this team. GO DAWGS!

Dawg stranded in Alabama

August 26th, 2011
11:56 pm

Dawg fan for life here, but massive kudos to Boise State. Nobody wants to come play them because a loss means the BCS-conference team gets laughed at, so they go into their opponents’ backyards, even it that’s on the other coast. I’ll be rooting against BSU next week, but I really respect them.

That said, with the speed and size the Dawgs have, they need to win this game. Kellen Moore won’t have seen that kind of size collapsing the pocket (sorry, gang, but last time I checked, Fresno State didn’t have Geathers), and the speed to cover their wideouts, and the talent we’ve got on the offensive side of the ball. And nobody’s gonna take BSU lightly anymore, not after Oklahoma and VT. No excuses, Dawgs: GATA!!!!


August 26th, 2011
11:58 pm

Sweet Home Alabama- try learning something bout football, there is a rotating schedule in the SEC. We don’t have to schedule the SEC does it for us, you play a home and home and rotate one team on and one off every year. So try educating yourself before you talk trash and I hope we get that chance to kick your ass our second time in Atlanta this year.


August 27th, 2011
12:04 am

I hope we win the east too, Bama is trying to find a starting QB, riding high with a unknown guy under center…… Dawgs will go all the way! and Roll over Bama!


August 27th, 2011
12:23 am

insider information says the dawgs are much better than theUGA coaches are letting on…. conditioning is better, focus is better, execution is better….. we are a couple of key playmakers from being back….

read a quote off of the Boise State blog where they were laughing about the 1st teams come from behind scrimmage to beat the scout team….. they quit laughing when someone pointed out that the scout team could contend if not beat most of the teams in their conference…..


August 27th, 2011
12:29 am

Please, Please………Dawg Fans…….Attention!!!………..Check-out “Diehard Dawg”..8/26 10:20pm………..Without a doubt, one of the funniest things I have ever seen on a “Dawg blog”…………..Regards to all DOG NATION, RED

The Only Horses I Like Are Under My Hood

August 27th, 2011
1:08 am

Sweet Home Alabama,

Allow me to help you not make yourself look like an imbecile (that means a really stupid person). “I” needs to be capitalized, and you mean “will not,” not “want.” Want is a word used to indicate a person’s desire for something. For example: “All Alabama fans want to go on a date with Nick Saban.”

In regards to football, you need to grasp that UGA has played Auburn since the late 1800’s, and we have locked them as our Western opponent each year. We play Alabama on a rotation, and that is why we don’t play every year. Alabama has locked in Tennessee as their every year opponent from the East.

I do hope that helps you out, but I also want to thank you for illustrating to us all that an Alabama education is about as legit as your “13” titles. I am so glad I attend a real university, UGA.


August 27th, 2011
1:19 am

@horses under hood

I don’t think anyone could have explained that any better. Go Dawgs.

Just Wanna Say

August 27th, 2011
1:52 am

Nicely said @horses under hood.