For Georgia and quarterback Aaron Murray the last few seasons have been a bit frustrating and underwhelming. The Bulldogs compiled just 16 wins in 2010 and 2011 combined, there have been numerous rumors about Mark Richt losing his job and Georgia didn’t have a signature win during that time. Many of those things have changed this season. Even though Georgia had a lopsided loss a few weeks ago against South Carolina, the Dawgs have bounced back and thanks to a huge win over Florida, Georgia has an inside track to the SEC Championship game as long as they don’t trip up in the final three games this season.
Aaron Murray joined WCNN in Atlanta with Buck and Kincade to talk about how Georgia will replace their two injured receivers, Michael Bennett and Marlon Brown, on his struggles in the game against Florida, on the adversity that he dealt with earlier in his career, on the upcoming game against Auburn, on running back Todd Gurley and whether he would like a shot of playing Alabama.
How Georgia will replace their two injured receivers:
“It’s a little bit of everyone. We’re going to need a lot of guys to step up because they are two very talented receivers and two guys that are physical and guys that are smart and we’re able to use Marlon and Bennett in pretty much every position on offense. They’re able to play the strong slot, the weak slot, the backside X and it hurts not to have them out there, especially with their physical presence but I have a lot of trust in our guys right now. I’m encouraged by the way they have played this year when they have gone into games and they way they have performed in practice. They just have to step up, I know they will and I’m excited to see what they will do.”
On his struggles early in the game against Florida:
On the upcoming game against Auburn:
“They’re a very talented defense and their record definitely doesn’t show you really how good they are. (Host: So they’re going to give you their best shot?) I mean you go back and watch the LSU film and they gave them a tough battle. I think there have only been one or two games where defensively they weren’t playing their best but I think the rest of the season you back and watch the tape and they have definitely looked pretty impressive defensively and take in the fact too that it’s going to be a night game, it’s at their place, their fans are going to be loud, you have to deal with the noise and that whole factor as well so we have to be on our game. They’re pretty pumped up to ruin our season. I think I saw a guy on Sunday talk about how it would be great for them to keep us from going to Atlanta. They’re going to be playing with a whole lot of fight and we have to match that.”
“When you have seasons like that you really have to see what is going on. You doing everything that you needed to do as a team to be successful, as an individual to be successful so there was definitely some soul searching going on after my Freshman season with our entire team. You also bring up all the rumors about Coach Richt and is he going to lose his job? And none of us, not one player wanted to see Coach Richt leave so we knew as a team we needed to step it up individually, as a team, we needed to perform better and then last year had a great year and rolled off ten years in a row and this year I think have had a very successful season, one game away from being able to get back to Atlanta so like I said a lot of soul searching and a lot of hard work and dedication to get where we are.”
“It’s unbelievable to see him run the way he does. I always get in trouble in film because I’m supposed to carry out my fake and not look backwards but I’m always trying to find ways to peak back and see what he does with the ball because you never know what he’s going to do, you never know who he is going to run over, you never know who he is going to stiff arm to the ground, he’s just an exciting player, a great kid and I’m just excited in two or three years from now how good he’s going to be because he is already one of the best in the country as a freshman.”
Whether he is having fun this season:
You have to have fun. You have to love the game. Win, loss, draw, it’s still a game, it’s still going out there and competing with your friends and guys who I have close relationships with on this team so like I said it’s a lot of fun and a lot of memories I’m going to be telling my kids some day.”
Whether he would like a chance to play against Alabama:
“I will answer that question in four weeks hopefully. We have to worry about this week and take it one step at a time and we still have three weeks left to finish in the regular season.”