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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Key is Consistency for Murray

If you're looking for some Sunday reading material, I have a story in today's Telegraph on what Mark Richt hopes to see from Aaron Murray this season.

The lead to the story is one I thought was pretty interesting because, while fans would certainly love to hear some David Greene-Aaron Murray comparisons, I bet the play and the comparison in question isn't what most of those fans were expecting.

In addition to that, however, Richt actually thinks there's every reason to believe Murray might be a bit ahead of where Greene was at this point in his career -- and says it's simply on the coaching staff now to make sure Murray develops:

"David Greene had one spring when we got here, and then he started," Richt said. "Aaron's had a spring, a season, another spring, and now he's got his opportunity to play. So he's really got a whole other year ahead of David. So now it's got to be our job to start where he's comfortable and grow. We don't want to start too high and then he struggles and gets set back. You never want a QB to get set back. You always want him to feel comfortable and confident and maybe even bored with the material to where he's ready for the next level of information."

But since this is a blog and all... I'm also curious: What are your expectations for Murray?

12 comments:

Two Maids & A Mop said...

I call shenanigans..... I could be wrong, but didn't David Greene redshirt under Donnan?? If that's true, he had just as much experience as Murray.

Unless of course Richt is just referring to time under Richt...

jlove said...

i only require him to be able to be smart with 3rd and long situations. whether hes going to pass it, or run it, i want that down converted, no pick thrown, and no fumble. 3rd down is the quarterbacks down and i hope he respects it.

Anonymous said...

Greene did not have as much experience in the system in which he started since Donnan's playbook was different than Richt's. It does make a difference knowing the terminology, as well as knowing what your coach wants you to do. Murray's had 1.5 years to learn all of this, while Greene only had .5.

Murray can do well as long as he stays away from big mistakes, and as long as our running game succeeds as expected. If he's the leader we've been told he is, we should be fine.

BigMuddyDawg said...

I'm sure it's a lesson that's been drilled into him but when the clock's running and that defensive line looks like a wave about to crash into him, I hope Aaron can remember that every drive needs to end in a kick of some sort.

Dawgfan17 said...

Even if you count the time Greene had under Donnan Murray has an extra spring that Greene didn't have, at least I don't think Greene came in early like Murray did. Also Greene didn't have 10 returning starters surrounding him, including one AJ Green. I expect Murray to do well. I expect that he will actually have less int's than Cox did last year but also throw for a few less td's. However I believe the offense will score more as the running game will be better and the defense will get more turnovers setting him up with a shorter field than what Cox generally had to deal with. Also having the best punter/kicker combo in the nation will help as well.

South FL Dawg said...

Oh geez consistency is the key for any QB, isn't it?

I do like that Aaron Murray doesn't have a spotlight on him like say the gator QB. Good luck to him living up to expectations. Aaron Murray, on the other hand, just has to be Aaron Murray. That's got to help.

Andy said...

It is ridiculous to think Murray will be an awesome passer this year. I would be really please with 18-20 tds and 8-10 ints. Those numbers would be better than Greene's freshman year if memory serves. All we need is a great running game and average defense and we are in the hunt for the East.

Billy said...

I would love it if he could learn to fake the hand-off anywhere near the way David did. Sometimes I thought DG was a magician or an actor. I hope I love watching AM play as much.

Reptillicide said...

I don't think it's ridiculous to think Murray could be an awesome passer this year at all. I'm not sure when people got so down about Murray. When this kid committed, we were all going nuts, and for good reason. Like Richt said, google him and watch his youtube videos from high school. He's the real deal. I think this is just a case where we got a new car and were stoked about it for good reason, but then the newness wore off and we haven't really taken it out of the garage yet, so we've kind of forgotten all the reasons why we got it.

I don't know any reason why Murray can't come out the gate hot. He's got all the tools in the world. He's got a couple of the greatest coaches out there to help him develop. And he's got a veteran offense in front of him. I think he's going to surprise a lot of folks.

Anonymous said...

Richt is right! In the G-Day game, Murray looked alot like Joe Cox. The Dawg Nation is concerned about an offense that will go five series with no score like in the Texas A&M game.

Michael said...

40+ wins.

2 SEC titles.

1 national championship.

Fair, no?

Andy Coleman said...

Murray will do just fine. He has a lot more to work with than Greene did. An all-American receiver and one of the best lines in the country. If he doesn't turn the ball over, he has the potential to become a Dawg legend!