Friday, July 29, 2011



DSC_7334The success of most teams lies in the hands of the quarterback and the only question this fall will be, how much better can Aaron Murray get?

Murray, (6-1, 211) begins his sophomore campaign as the pre-season first team All SEC quarterback after being voted both the coach’s and media’s choice based on his record setting freshman year. Murray is the unquestioned leader of the team and knows the playbook well enough to run the entire offense, there will be no hesitation by the coaching staff this year, no need to ease him into a game.

At Media Days last week coach Richt had the following to say about Murray,
“He's really a coach's dream in how he approaches the game. He understands preparation. He understands team. His motivation is for Georgia to win. His motivation is to see his teammates have success. His motivation is not to promote self. When you have a guy like that, it just makes your life a whole lot easier.”

Murray started all 13 games last year, he threw for 3,049 yards and 24 touchdowns, he completed 61.1% of his 342 attempts with only 8 interceptions. Add in another 167 yards rushing and 4 TD’s and you have the all time UGA record for freshman quarterbacks of 3,216 yards of total offense. (2nd in SEC)

DSC_1598Hutson Mason completed the first pass he attempted in college to former quarterback Logan Gray for a touchdown. The 6-3, 196 pound sophomore will backup Murray again this season, he appeared in four games completing 9 of 17 passes for 102 yards and a TD.

Mason may have the best arm on the team, as a senior at Lassiter in Marietta, he set state records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54) in a season as well as for passing yards (552) in a single game against South Gwinnett.

Christian LeMay did not play football his senior year in high school but did enroll early and participated in spring practice with the Dawgs. The 6-2, 195 pound freshman from Matthews, North Carolina was a high school All American his junior year. He completed 3-for-6 passes for 38 yards in the G-Day game. LeMay will battle Mason for the number two position on the depth chart but is likely to take a redshirt this year due to Mason’s familiarity with the play book.

Redshirt freshman Parker Welch (6-3, 204) completed 5 of 10 passes for 71 yards in the G-Day game. He and fellow redshirt freshman Greg Bingham (6-4, 223) worked with the scout team last season. Bingham completed 1 of 2 passes for 13 yards and carried seven times for six yards in the G-Day game.

Behind Murray there’s not a lot of game experience but there is plenty of talent, the quarterback position is in very capable hands.



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