Postgame notebook: Aaron Murray says 3 picks no cause for alarm

ATHENS – UGA President Michael Adams had a message for Aaron Murray in Georgia’s locker room following Saturday’s 24-10 win over Mississippi State.

After shaking the sophomore quarterback’s hand and telling him, “good job,” he leaned in and added with a wink, “Get the mistakes out of the way now because, down the road, then they’ll be gone.”

The Bulldogs can only hope, for Murray did not play like his normal safe-guarded self. He threw three interceptions, which doubled his total for the season. Murray had just eight interceptions all of last season.

“Just a couple of passes where I wasn’t as accurate as I need to be,” Murray explained afterward. “We were playing a great SEC team today and you’ve got to be pinpoint with every pass. You throw enough passes and great athletes are going to make a play on it. So I’ve got to continue working on my game and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Murray’s pass efficiency has been the hallmark of his tenure as Georgia’s quarterbacl He was 14th in the nation as a freshman last season when he had a 154.48 rating with 24 TDs and just 8 interceptions. He entered Saturday’s game second in the SEC with a pass efficiency rating of 163.0 with 11 TDs and just 3 picks.

Murray said he didn’t think Saturday’s interceptions were the result of misreads or any sort of arm problems.

“It’s nothing mechanical at all,” he said. “I feel like I’m throwing the ball fine. It’s just I threw a couple of balls that weren’t in the exact spot or maybe I forced a ball here or there. I just can’t do that.”

Asked what he thought of his signalcaller’s performance, head coach Mark Richt said: “”Hot and cold. He’s getting knocked around too much. We didn’t protect well. We were improving on that issue but we regressed today.”

Meanwhile, the Georgia offense was limited to just 78 second-half yards after rolling up 237 yards and 21 points in the first half.

“I don’t think it was relaxing,” Murray said. “You’ve just got to make plays and we weren’t making them in the second half today anad that’s something we’ve got to do. But I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got too many playmakers on this team. We’ve just got to keep playing hard and play hard all 60 minutes.”

Christian Robinson returns

There was some question whether junior Christian Robinson would play at all Saturday. As it turned out, the Bulldogs’ “Mike” linebacker and defensive captain was on the field for virtually every important defensive snap.

“I played on our two-minute defense and every third down,” said Robinson, who estimated that totaled 25 plays. “They wanted me in there for communication mainly, especially on third down.”

The Bulldogs were especially good in those situations. Mississippi State finished 4 of 15 on third-down conversions.

Robinson was thought to be out for at least four weeks when he sprained his left ankle ij the final minutes of the South Carolina game. Instead, he missed just two contests. He finished with one tackle and a pass breakup.

Meanwhile, Michael Gilliard and Amarlo Herrera continue to fill in nicely with starters Robinson and Alec Ogletree sidelined. Gilliard led all defenders in tackles for the third consecutive week with 9. Herrera, a true freshman, added six and a tackle for loss.

Where was Crowell?

Numerous times throughout the game Georgia fans could be heard yelling for the Bulldogs to put Isaiah Crowell back in the game at tailback. The freshman from Columbus recorded his third consecutive 100-yard game with 104 yards on 22 carries.

But several times in critical situations he was on the sideline in favor of juniors Carlton Thomas or Richard Samuel. They combined for 63 yards on 17 carries.

“We have a certain rotation,” Richt explained. “I’m not interested in Isaiah getting 30 carries a game.”

Crowell, for one, doesn’t see to mind.

“That’s the way it needs to be,” he said. “I don’t think any running back can stay in the entire time. It’s all right with me.”

Still no ‘home runs’ for Crowell

Crowell thought he finally broken free for the long run he so wants. It looked like he had busted free for a 49-yard TD run on a sweep around left end in the first half Saturday. But officials ruled he stepped out on the 35-yard line. Georgia ended up losing yardage and had to punt the ball away.

“I just trusted my o-line, trusted my receivers, got around the end, saw some daylight and just went for it,” Crowell said. “I saw the sideline. I don’t think I stepped out but the referees call the game.”

Fourth and no-go

Once again, Richt erred on the conservative side as far as going for it on fourth downs. Twice the Bulldogs’ coach opted to forego the chance to go for a first down on fourth and short in the third quarter.

In one case Georgia punted on fourth-and-inches at its own 34. In the other, Richt opted to attempt a field goal on fourth-and-one at the Mississippi State 5. Drew Butler mishandled the low snap and the Bulldogs never even got off the 22-yard try.

Said Richt of the first: “It was third and inches and they didn’t make it. If you’re going to make it, make it on third down.”

As for the second: “I could see where fans wouldn’t be too excited about that. I don’t like being put in that position, quite frankly. Maybe I should have, I don’t know. But at that point my goal was to go up by three touchdowns.”

Injury report

Brandon Boykin injured when upended on Georgia’s kickoff return to start the second half. The tackle knocked out Boykin’s mouthpiece and his facemask raked down over his mouth win he landed, knocking some teeth loose and busting his lip.

Boykin returned for Gerogia’s third defensive series of the second half but left for short periods a couple of other times, including shortly before the end of the game. Richt seemed to think Boykin will be ready for the Tennessee game.

Also, starting strong safety Shawn Williams had to be helped off the field with a left arm injury at the 3:05 mark of the second quarter. He also was able to return and finish the game.

Offensive lineman Chris Burnette (knee) sat out for second straight week. He was the starter at right guard the first three games of the season. . . . Freshman cornerback Damian Swann was sidelined for a second week in a row with a groin injury. He started the Coastal Carolina game and played in all three previous game. . . . Backup wideout Israel Troupe did not play due to a bruised knee.

Etc. . . .

Blair Walsh missed another 48-yard field goal attempt. It was is sixth miss of the season. He had only five misses combined the previous two seasons. He’s now 6-of -12 on the year. . . With his 21-yard TD catch in the game’s opening three minutes, tight end Orson Charles now has a team best four touchdown receptions. . . . Cornerback Sanders’ Commings recorded his first interception of the season and fifth of his career. . . . Georgia doubled its sack total for the season and now has 10. . . .

Former Bulldog David Jacobs, whose career was cut short with a stroke, served as Georgia’s honorary captain for Bulldogs. . . . Longtime swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle was recognized for his recent selection as Hartman Award recipient for 2011-12. The Hartman is the highest award UGA offers to former student-athletes.

151 comments Add your comment

Dhruv

October 1st, 2011
7:18 pm

Nice coverage

Dhruv

October 1st, 2011
7:19 pm

And it is possible to post something without going “first” :)

Dangerous

October 1st, 2011
7:40 pm

Oh yeh, keep throwing interceptions, they’re no big deal……..WTF!!! GA turns the ball over 3,4 to 5 times A GAME……that shouldn’t be tolerated, horrible just horrible.

DawgNation

October 1st, 2011
7:42 pm

Thank you Dhruv

Chris

October 1st, 2011
7:42 pm

i really liked the effort today. The defense looks like a top defense in the country. Our inside backers gilliard and herrea have done a great job filling in for our studs tree and robinson. I see no weaknesses on our d. I love it!!! As for the offense line was so- so but it wasnt terrible. Isaiah will be the second best back in uga history obviously behind herschel. Murray just got raddled today he will be fine and he will continue to improve. Finally i love malcolm mithcell he is one of my favorite players. He is a game changer who obiolusly loves the game of football. Those are the kind of guys i love to have on our team. GOOOO DAWGS!!!!! Veery good win today LETS KEEP IT GOING

P-Cola Dog

October 1st, 2011
7:42 pm

good read. a complete performance next week will be a dominant W headed to nashville

Chris

October 1st, 2011
7:44 pm

and dangeroous we obiously need to limit turnovers, but murray just had a rough day. Our pass protection wasnt great and murray got hit a lot. Im a qb and i know what it feels like after you get hit a lot, Murray rushed some throws but he will be fine. By his senior year he will be a top 3 qb

GY

October 1st, 2011
7:45 pm

Good win but UGA can’t play this sloppy and beat FLA.

dog fan sitting on rocky top

October 1st, 2011
7:49 pm

Good win today.DB’S will be tested next week!!!

PT

October 1st, 2011
7:51 pm

The defense continues to improve, Aaron Murray does not.

roughrider

October 1st, 2011
7:52 pm

On most teams, three interceptions will sit you on the bench.

PT

October 1st, 2011
7:52 pm

What is the Georgia record for most interceptions is a season?

Richt Supporter

October 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

Where are all the “Hire Dan Mullen Now” ranters? 12-2 in January! Get over it!

oakwood dawg

October 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

Grades:
Defense–A
Offense–C-
2nd half offense–F
Aaron Murray–F Have always been a Murray supporter and I know a good QB can have a bad game
but he has played too well to play like he did today. I give him one more chance. Maybe we need to see Hutson Mason next game if Murray falters early in the game.
Conclusion: We should have won this game by at least 3 touchdowns.

Texas Dawg

October 1st, 2011
7:58 pm

Murry thinks Miss St is a great program?

Sorry but Murray has still not got it done when it counts, happy feet and bad throws against Tenn-Fla-Au-Tech=losses

When he wins the rest outright then I’ll believe.

Really tell me what game that matters (big national stage) has he won for us?

Has he ever beatern an SEC Team with a winning record? Really I hope he comes back and makes me eat my words by winning the sec……..Mason needs to play!

Texas Dawg

October 1st, 2011
8:01 pm

What is the deal with Crowell in the second half….seems like he just peters out or is it still the injury….if it’s a conditioning thing then that says alot about our coaches…..don’t see latamore or trent getting that winded………

Oh NO BOBO

October 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

I am more worried about the pick 6′es. Wast this the third touchdown he has thrown for the opposing team?

Frank Lane

October 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

I see week to week improvement, particularly with the defense.

Crowell needs to be in the game more plays even if he does not get the carries. They were definitely headhunting Crowell today and play action should have worked big time when he was in the game. I am not sure we ever really faked to Crowell.

dawgenuff

October 1st, 2011
8:08 pm

The Defense had a hell of a game . I can’t wait until they do the same against Florida or Alabama! It should happen arround 2013,when these guys are seniors.

bubba4dawgs

October 1st, 2011
8:08 pm

Murray’s reaction to his interceptions sound too “matter of factually”! You’r forcing the ball in tight coverage, Aaron! Throw the ball away rather than getting a pick. Why am I telling you this? Heck, you know it but keep doing it! Coaches must be pulling their hair out. Oh, I see, that’s why CMR has very little hair left! 7 of those 10 points Miss. St. got was due to one of your picks. Try doing that to Florida! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 1st, 2011
8:08 pm

Well the defense seems to be looking better and better

Offense still predictable and conservative

Like I said with the Boise game Mike Booboo lost the Boise game because he kept our Defense on the field way to long with his predictible conservative play calling

This team will not win the big games until Richt has faith in his team to go 4th and 1 and learn to put the nail in the coffin on a team

Until then 10 win seasons are as good as it gets

LDawg

October 1st, 2011
8:09 pm

And penalties. Are we trying to shoot ourselves in the foot? Just shows lack of discipline. I was sure this issue would have been resolved by now. Sure hope it is in time for the real teams we have to play. Way to go D!!!!

valdosta native

October 1st, 2011
8:10 pm

GY

It was a good win, but forget Florida right now. We can’t really afford to play this sloppy against TN. They are no pushover this year.

KINGDAWG

October 1st, 2011
8:10 pm

Would someone tell Michael Adams to stay out of the locker room after the game. This is not the pros and you don’t own the team. Jerk

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 1st, 2011
8:11 pm

Richt states

Im not interested in running our best player 30 carries game

WOW

Any wonder why this team struggles to put teams away and also win the big games

Oh NO BOBO

October 1st, 2011
8:11 pm

I don’t think we had any QB sneaks today. Why not? Huge line, smart, quick QB. Have we ever been stopped when we needed a yard, when we have QB sneaked?????

Why no QB sneaks?!??!!!

dawgenuff

October 1st, 2011
8:13 pm

Hutson Mason will not play. Coach Richt only dances with the one he brung!

Oh NO BOBO

October 1st, 2011
8:13 pm

It is good that South Carolina’s luck finally ran out. They are a pitiful team we should have beaten by 30 points.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 1st, 2011
8:14 pm

Can this coaching staff please tell Murray to stop

LOOKING AT THE ONE RECIEVER HE IS GOING TO THROW TOO

and learn to look at other recievers to see if they are open and also throw the defense off

Good defenses read that and break up or intercept passes

This year blows (again)

October 1st, 2011
8:15 pm

ESPN headlines were “Georgia wins despite 2nd half malaise”. Should have said “georgia beats mediocre team despite coaching’s best efforts”

L0neSailor

October 1st, 2011
8:16 pm

Good coverage. As others said, I never see Lattimore or Trent waiving to the sideline after a 3 yard run. I can take Murray’s rationalization easier than I can the smile on Walsh’s face when he missed that FG…

valdosta native

October 1st, 2011
8:17 pm

Also, what ever happened to running your fullback. The dawgs do have a fullback right? I know Figgins is in there, there must be someone else. We used to get really good play out of Chapas and Muttz on short yardage plays, and quick passes on the outside on check-downs or play fakes. I don’t think I’ve seen one play where the fullback has the ball in his hands. Has Bobo cut them out completely or is our fullback core just that bad??

dawgenuff

October 1st, 2011
8:17 pm

Lets hear it for Jarvis Jones!! Every game he gives a stellar performance. He should be the Defensive MVP for the season !

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 1st, 2011
8:17 pm

Anyone ever heard of the fullback run up the middle on 4th and 1

BGDawg

October 1st, 2011
8:18 pm

It Hutson Mason hurt??? Many opportunites to get him in the game,I am been tired of Aaron since his last pick on OT against FL. He making too many bad mistakes!!!!

Oh NO BOBO

October 1st, 2011
8:20 pm

@valdosta native

I would love to see some runs for Figgens. Also, why did we stop passing to him and the RBs?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 1st, 2011
8:27 pm

Cant go for 4th and 1 against UCF inside the red zone

Cant go for 4th and 1 against Miss St inside the red zone

Anyone wonder why Richt is 3-11 against top 10 teams

ACC

October 1st, 2011
8:29 pm

is that an UGLY Dawg walking into the room or is that the UGAly mutts backing into the SEC CG?

zulucanibal

October 1st, 2011
8:30 pm

What happend to our G near the goaline…???

humanpanty

October 1st, 2011
8:51 pm

Aaron Murray seems to only have one read on passing downs. He seems to stare that receiver down and then either try to throw it or tuck it and run. If he can’t start to look through multiple reads and make better, less predictable decisions Greg Talley should be put in.

Dawg48

October 1st, 2011
8:53 pm

Can’t wait to see the defense after the vandy game they are getting better every week! Does any one think they should sit ogaltree for the remainder of the season and look for a medical red shirt?

Carrollton Dawg Fan

October 1st, 2011
8:56 pm

Great defensive game! No TD’s allowed by the defense!

Some improvement in the offensive line. Also, the tailbacks did a good job.

Murray had a terrible day. He is following the primary receiver too much with his eyes and not recognizing double coverage or help. Result, interceptions.

Has he heard too much about being ALL-SEC before proving himself?

ACC

October 1st, 2011
9:05 pm

MASON is the better GAME QB. Murray looks good in practice when the D is Nice, but in the game MURRAY SUCKS. Please make him the Starter for LIFE and Bobo as the OC for life too.

bardawg

October 1st, 2011
9:10 pm

I wonder if Lee Harvey Oswald told someone after he shot JFK ,that there was no reason to worry ? Aaron , you need to get it together ‘lil bro or you ‘re gonna be suffering some serious losses. You would probably do better just not to comment about your po a$$ playing .3 interceptions ’cause you’re too short to be playing Quarterback!

Destin Dawg

October 1st, 2011
9:13 pm

Yes ACC… it’s NOT up to Murray to discount his poor play…. COACH ‘eem play Mason…

Old Dawg

October 1st, 2011
9:15 pm

Murray is terrible… why has he inherited starting QB ??? . Play Hutson Mason !!!

Destin Dawg

October 1st, 2011
9:17 pm

Grantham’s Defense saves the Day…. play somebody else at QB……>

Old Dawg Fan

October 1st, 2011
9:21 pm

Good coverage Bill. I am watching the Fla/Alabama game and if Murray throws 3 interceptions during the Florida game we will lose. They are very fast. Thank goodness we don’t have to play Alabama this year-they are faster than Florida!!!

Happy Warrior

October 1st, 2011
9:56 pm

No cause for alarm????? Look someone off idiot!

HM

October 1st, 2011
10:01 pm

“Just a couple of passes where I wasn’t as accurate as I need to be,” Murray explained afterward. “We were playing a great SEC team today and you’ve got to be pinpoint with every pass. You throw enough passes and great athletes are going to make a play on it. So I’ve got to continue working on my game and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

He’s hoping that he can through it up and our receiver will make a play.( i.e AJ.) Murray has not shown consistent accuracy and no touch, He does consistently hit the open receiver with little pressure. He does consistently overthrow or underthrow. I know he works hard and is a leader. I admire that but he doesn’t seem to have the “IT” factor. Mason should have gotten some PT today. He may not be better than Murray, but he does have touch and throws a pretty ball. Richt said himself that Mason can run the offense. I would at least like to see some QB competition.