QB Aaron Murray spends summer honing craft with football’s finest

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on Friday in Athens. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on Friday in Athens. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Georgia’s Aaron Murray lights up like a school kid when asked that age-old question, “what did you do this summer?”

Murray did a lot, and most of it involved a football.

The Bulldogs’ highly-decorated junior quarterback spent a lot of time working out and throwing balls to his Georgia teammates in Athens. But the highlight of his summer vacation was a two-week stretch in July spent with the Eli and Peyton Manning and the some of the best quarterbacks in college football.

Murray served as a counselor at both the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., and the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Redondo Beach, Calif., in mid-July. For a football junkie like Murray, he was a kid in a candy store.

“It was great,” said Murray, who skipped SEC Football Media Days in order to attend the camps. “I got to do a little bit of everything at both camps. For the Manning camp I was more of a counselor working with kids. They had 1,200 kids there, middle school to high school, so I got to work with them.”

But he also got to work with the Manning brothers, as well as nine of the best quarterbacks in college football.

On two occasions, the famous Super-Bowl-winning brothers put the collegians through the paces and provided some invaluable one-on-one instruction.

“They showed us some drills and worked with us on our form if they saw something glaring,” Murray said. “So I got to work with two of the best in the game, which was awesome.”

Murray was joined in the southern Louisiana by Matt Barkley (USC), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Bryan Bennett (Oregon), Mike Glennon (N.C. State), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Keith Price (Washington), Geno Smith (West Virginia), Jeff Tuel (Washington State) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).

“It was a sight to see, all the talent we had with the quarterbacks out there,” Murray said. “Sitting back watching those guys throw was pretty cool, it was like a mini-combine. Every top quarterback that’ll be drafted the next two years was there, so it was definitely a pretty cool scene.”

Murray held his own. According to analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who covered the camp for NFL.com, Murray was one of the best.

“This junior is a good inch shorter than senior counterparts Barkley and Wilson, but he matched them throw for throw,” Jeremiah wrote. “He has very clean footwork in his drops, as well as a compact delivery. Murray can generate a lot of velocity and his accuracy was excellent at all three levels. I was surprised at how powerfully he threw the deep ball. Murray had as much range as any quarterback at the camp.”

In California, Murray got to be a teacher where he has been taught much. Murray first attended the Elite 11 camp as a ball boy in 2007, then won MVP honors there in 2008 as an invitee the summer before his senior year at Tampa’s Plant High.

While Murray was there this time under the pretense of coaching, he found himself receiving as much as he was giving.

“We did every drill, every 7-on-7 rep,” he said of his fellow college instructors, who were under the supervision of camp “head coach” Trent Dilfer. “We were dead after five days of waking up at 8 a.m., practicing, taking a break, practicing, then at night doing 7-on-7. It was really like camp for us.”

With Murray’s “vacations” behind him, it’s time to concentrate on real football. He had a great sophomore season for the Bulldogs, accumulating 3,149 yards and 35 touchdowns. But six of his 14 interceptions came in Georgia’s four losses, so he’s looking to bring down those numbers down while bringing up his accuracy (60 percent for career).

“I worked on a little fundamental work, learned some new drills and tweaked some things here and there,” Murray said. “I feel great. It was a lot of hard work and I think I gained a lot from it.”

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jarvis jones

August 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

First!!!Go Dawgs!

Thats that GOOOOOD NEWWWS!

August 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

that sounds like good news to me… good read

7576DAWG

August 3rd, 2012
6:41 pm

CMR has kept Murray in most of the cupcake games last year which really help offset his very bad games. I hope he realizes how much he needs to show that he can play under pressure without panicking. No fumbles this year and if you get into trouble throw the ball into the stands.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 3rd, 2012
6:47 pm

What kind of coverage and tackling skills does he have?

7576DAWG

August 3rd, 2012
6:56 pm

Grading Murray last year:
1-Throwing the ball ——-B+
2-Handing the ball to the backs—–A
3- Playing under Pressure— D
4- Leadership, being able to beat ranked teams— C- or D+
5- Turnovers At Critical times — F
This means he has a lot to improve on. I hope he is not looking at his stats that were padded when CMR played him against the easy teams. Murray has got to understand he has been one of the least successful Quarterbacks at Georgia in the last 20 years.
I hope Murray learned what he needed to improve on at these camps . It doesn’t matter how many camps Murray went to if he hasn’t improved when we start playing games.

borderbash

August 3rd, 2012
7:25 pm

Be glad little doggies, be very glad. While th UGA may be a team loaded with miscreants and ne’er-do-wells, and may not be able to maintain a respectable number of scholarship players, you did get your game against USC moved for you and Spurrier said some of his players had very average summer workouts in addition to others just being plain sorry. Straight from Spurrier’s mouth. So it looks like you guys may have a chance this year. If you’re still in the game halfway through the 4th qtr and still have enough bodies in uniform, who knows? Then again, maybe your booster club could retrofit your players with striped jerseys so they won’t appear out of uniform and the guards can bring ‘em to the field on the same chain gang bus. Hang in there little buddies!

son's who?

August 3rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Apparently, every coach, paid analyst, and professional quarterback doesn’t have a clue as to what they see in Aaron Murray’s abilities. That’s why I come to these blogs, for the REAL truths.

Keep up the good work fellas, and keep watching and learning everything you need to see on television.

Granthams The Man

August 3rd, 2012
7:39 pm

Can’t wait to see what Murray can accomplish in his third year. Go dawgs!!!

Chuck

August 3rd, 2012
7:44 pm

Nice write-up, Chip. Hope all that summer workout pays dividends. Murray is a great kid and deserves a better season. Let’s hope those receivers hold up.

dogdawg

August 3rd, 2012
7:49 pm

Buffy your gonna get YOUR arse handed to you in columbia this year mark it.

Ghost

August 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

7576dawg, I have to disagree with Richt letting Murray play vs “cupcakes”he didn’t play 2nd half against Coastal or N. Mex State. And only threw 1 or 2 passes in 2nd half of the Auburn game. But I do agree he needs to stop turning bad plays into catastrophes this season.

WnE

August 3rd, 2012
8:09 pm

re:
On two occasions, the famous Super-Bowl-winning brothers put the collegians through the paces and provided some invaluable one-on-one instruction.

“They showed us some drills and worked with us on our form if they saw something glaring,” Murray said. “So I got to work with two of the best in the game, which was awesome.”

Murray was joined in the southern Louisiana by Matt Barkley (USC), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Bryan Bennett (Oregon), Mike Glennon (N.C. State), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Keith Price (Washington), Geno Smith (West Virginia), Jeff Tuel (Washington State) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).

“It was a sight to see, all the talent we had with the quarterbacks out there,” Murray said. “Sitting back watching those guys throw was pretty cool, it was like a mini-combine. Every top quarterback that’ll be drafted the next two years was there, so it was definitely a pretty cool scene.”
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This must be a misprint!

That list of College QBs is incomplete w/o Tevin Washington, Vad Lee, and Synjyn Days, after all when you’re talking about ELITE College QBs, you have to have the guys that CPJ has Recruited.

In all seriousness this kind of lack of development is why GT’s QBs don’t develop and haven’t developed under CPJ.

At the lower levels of CFB, the crappy D1-AA level and the crappy Service Academy Level (FB only, not Academically), you can design Offenses that de-emphasize the QB position, and especially passing by the QB, but at the BCS-Level you have to develop QBs and you have to teach your QBs to more efficient passers.

CPJ’s system does just the opposite, it minimizes the NEED for good passing skills by the QBs.

This leads to al ot of wins vs. MTSUs, Dooks, Wakes, and a lot of losses to Va. Tech, Miami, UGA, and in bowl games.

As a GT Alum, I’d give anything to be able to watch GT FB play a Pro-Style Offense with TEs, FBs, and QBs that can pass.

Ghost

August 3rd, 2012
8:32 pm

Wne, I hope Tech gives PJ the Paul Hewitt lifetime contract.

Budlight Dawg

August 3rd, 2012
9:04 pm

Well Murray will be thrown many pic six this year.. The OL will be a huge problem……

Statues R' Us

August 3rd, 2012
9:17 pm

Enter your 14 interceptions comment here:.

kerryb

August 3rd, 2012
9:30 pm

I see it is GT night at the Braves game tonight.

kerryb

August 3rd, 2012
9:32 pm

It’s Star Wars night and all the nerds are at the ballpark.

Mike

August 3rd, 2012
9:40 pm

South carolina is a joke

Statues R' Us

August 3rd, 2012
9:44 pm

Barbara Dooley for Congress

[...] Aaron Murray makes most of summer vacation [...]

Dawg-Gawn

August 3rd, 2012
9:55 pm

For some reason, the week at the Nike Opening in Oregon, was left completely out of this article?

I hope the Manning’s stressed, how important it is first, for a QB to manage and control how not to lose the game, rather than always trying to be the hero, who wins the game.

Believe in the “G”

BandWagon

August 3rd, 2012
10:39 pm

I was ready to jump on the band wagon after hearing all Spring about how much Aaron Murray had improved. Then I noticed how he did in the Spring games to find out if it was all hype or not, and I was dissapointed again, Murray went 2 td’s in 3 Spring games, threw yet another intercpetion returned for td, and topped that by only completed 50% of throws, easily having the worst Spring of any starting SEC QB.

So, hopefully his time spent with the Manning brothers, will pay off more than whatever he did from Jan-March, which definately didn’t pay off by noticing his play in Spring games.

Rolf Brundlinger

August 3rd, 2012
10:43 pm

Too bad he won’t be one of the draft picks…“It was a sight to see, all the talent we had with the quarterbacks out there,” Murray said. “Sitting back watching those guys throw was pretty cool, it was like a mini-combine. Every top quarterback that’ll be drafted the next two years was there, so it was definitely a pretty cool scene

BandWagon

August 3rd, 2012
10:44 pm

I need to see a long string of passes without an interception before I get on the Murray bandwagon. need to see a 65% pass completion, sacks down to 1 a game, no pick 6’s, better than 0-9 vs. top 20 teams, and better than 4 out of 10 against winning teams.

BandWagon

August 3rd, 2012
10:47 pm

I agree, odds are very low Murray will be drafted, he’s not NFL size, only 1 QB was drafted at his size last year, and that Russel Wilson had 70% accuracy and just 4 interceptions.

crudmudgeon

August 3rd, 2012
10:52 pm

Not a word on whether Mettenberger had a word to say to a UGA quarterback? Also, what did Aaron think about his skill set vs Mettenberger? It could come down to UGA v LSU and it would be a crying shame to see us lose to a QB that left UGA and came back to haunt us.

hop

August 3rd, 2012
11:29 pm

Josh Mettlinburg will show how stupid CMS was in letting him leave uga ! murray will NEV ER PLAY IN THE NFL.

Josh will lead LSU to the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP and a possible national one as well!

what a shame that cmr let him go!

doug dawg

August 3rd, 2012
11:54 pm

i don’t know who josh mettinburg is. does anyone else?

hmmmmm............

August 4th, 2012
12:42 am

Is he Zach’s groping alias?

RJ

August 4th, 2012
5:36 am

I could care less if Murray gets drafted I only care how he does as Georgia’s college QB. Give him credit for doing all he can to be a better QB and lead the team to as many victories as possible. He is well aware of his areas needed for improvement and apparently is well respected by those who know real talent, I think he will have an outstanding year.

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2012
7:04 am

we have 3 good Q.B.’s !!!! Le May and Mason too, Richt and Bo Bo need to play ‘em ALL… open competition will improve all plus we need experienced back ups !! Go Dawgs win the SEC Champs THIS year !!

Lake Dog

August 4th, 2012
7:06 am

There is nothing wrong with Murray that a decent running game and good pass protection wouldn’t cure.

Sopwith Camel

August 4th, 2012
7:30 am

Mettenberger is the QB that will be lighting up the field on Saturdays this fall. Hope we don’t end up playing LSU in Atlanta.

fan

August 4th, 2012
7:41 am

He is not fast enough to outrun a D line. Maybe adrenaline will help.

Alabama | MrSEC

August 4th, 2012
7:49 am

[...] Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray learned from some of the best this [...]

CHDawg

August 4th, 2012
8:26 am

If Murray stays healthy and our line can block some, I think Murray is a Heisman contender this year.

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
8:34 am

Hutson Mason, compared to Murray this Spring over the 3 Spring scrimmages, threw 100% more td’s, and completed 20% more passes. Looked very sharp. Christian Lemay, ESPN’s National Player of the Year in High School, also had a great Spring and looked the sharpest of all the QB’s on the final Spring game. Murray only completed 40% of his passes in the last Spring game, and had 6 turnovers in his last 2 games in 2011.

Atticus

August 4th, 2012
8:38 am

Whoever the bandwagon guy is he is an idiot. No clue. Same with the dumb—es that think Murray is overrated. The same people said Stafford sucked. Murray has played as a freshmen and soph, has had little to no running game, average offensive lines and an offensive game plan that is less than adaptive. One of his two years he had no defense and even last year the defense and special teams weren’t spectacular at times. He also had two TDs dropped in the first half against LSU or he would’ve been up 21-0. You guys are clueless.

Does he need to improve, absolutely, mainly protecting the ball. But if you area Georgia fan and you don’t understand how he is progressing, how well he is thought of by scouts even with his height and has 2 more years, then go root for the GT Maggots.

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
8:44 am

ESPN rated Aaron Murray as the 2nd most overrated player in the country. ESPN’s premeire college football guy, KC Joyner did that. Murray had 2 excellent offensive lines, one was the most experienced in the NCAA in 2010, the other was the largest in college or NFL and had 4 of Murray’s blockers get drafted by the NFL. Can’t blame Murray’s sacks and interceptions and fumbles on the offensive line. Over-rated, ESPN was right.

Atticus

August 4th, 2012
8:44 am

Bandwagon, did you see DJ Shockley’s spring game before he took over? Did you see him play the GT game the year before? Seriously? You are quoting me spring stats?

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
8:47 am

Murray’s had some good running backs too, King & Ealey in 2010 were both over 5 yards per carry, Crowell & Thomas in 2011 were both productive. Can’t blame Murray’s 0-9 record against top 20 teams, turnovers, accuracy, on poor running game. That’s why ESPN said Murray was the 2nd most overrated guy in the NCAA.

Atticus

August 4th, 2012
8:47 am

Yeah, I will take ESPN’s opinion over most NFL scouts and Peyton Manning.

2 excellent offensive lines? What games have you been watching? The LARGEST offensive line, you think that makes them good? Glenn and Ben Jones were very good last year, the rest was less than stellar and even worse the year before. Our LT got run the first half of the season, just go watch the SC game again.

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
8:49 am

You prefer game stats over Spring stats? Ok. Why did Murray only complete 39% vs. LSU, when 8 other QB’s, completed over 50%+ against LSU? Over-rated.

Atticus

August 4th, 2012
8:49 am

Whatever dude, have “Fun on the Flats!”

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
8:51 am

Hutson Mason did great with the offensive line last year, no sacks, no interceptions, completed over 60% of his throws, I think it’s more about Murray, OVER-RATED.

Atticus

August 4th, 2012
8:54 am

Oh really, what games did Hutson Mason play in that were real or against real teams? You are an idiot. Mason was recruited by ONE team. Can he be good, absolutely, he will get his chance but please don’t try and make yourself more an idiot by saying he should be playing in front of Murray.

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
8:56 am

I’d expect a QB who’s been through 4 Springs under QB wizard Mark Richt, to do better than 2 td’s in 3 Spring games, and 50% accuracy. If Murray’s as good as you think, he wouldn’t have an 0-9 record against top 20 teams.

Atticus

August 4th, 2012
9:00 am

I guess everyone said Troy Aikman sucked his first couple of years because they lost almost every game and he threw a lot of interceptions. No, they knew he had to learn and the team had to get better around them, and he also didn’t play defense. Murray has 2 more years. Unfortunately he still has no offensive line and may no have a deep running game. But he will improve and you will see a difference. And hopefully the WRs catch the 2 TDs against LSU that would’ve blown the game wide open so idiots like you would look even more clueless.

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
9:01 am

Hutson had a higher: accuracy, yards per pass attempt, and pass efficiency rating than Murray in 2011 for the season.

In the last 6 games where Murray and Mason have gone head to head, Mason had a higher passer rating than Murray in 5 out of 6 of them (3 Spring scrimmages, plus the 3 games Mason played in last year).

BandWagon

August 4th, 2012
9:05 am

Actually, the myth that Murray IMPROVES from season to season, is also wrong. Murray’s numbers got worse in 2011 than 2010 in yards per attempt, sacks, interceptions, accuracy, and passer rating. He doesn’t learn from experience.