ATHENS Near the end of Georgias victory over North Texas, the offense had a small stumble: It couldnt get a play called in time, and as quarterback Aaron Murray looked confused to the sideline, a delay of game was called.
From the press box, offensive coordinator Mike Bobos voice could be heard clearly.
Murray! Bobo yelled.
But after the game there was nothing but praise for Murray from Bobo, who expressed that Georgia fans may not appreciate what theyre seeing in their senior quarterback.
Personally I think hes taken for granted, Bobo said. All he does is get us in the right play, and throws the ball to the open receiver. Yeah we missed a couple, but everybody misses a couple. Youre not gonna hit every pass. We want to hit every pass, but you throw a bad ball, you make a bad decision every (now and then).
But I like his resiliency, I like the way he handled the situation today when it got knotted up and tied. Those were big drives to move the ball down the field and get points where we could easily feel the pressure.
Murray had one big mistake in Saturdays game, an interception in the end zone that he admitted he forced. Otherwise he was nearly perfect. As Georgias run game stalled, Bobo put the onus on the passing game, and Murray complied, passing for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for another touchdown.
Murray now ranks fifth in SEC career passing yards, and could break the record later this year. He is 12 touchdowns from breaking Danny Wuerffels SEC record, and is now third all-time in the SEC with 11,352 yards of total offense.
"Everybody always - I do as a coach - if anybody throws a bad throw or makes a mistake we act like it's the end of the world, which frustrates me sometimes, Bobo said. A guy gives so much to this program, works extremely hard to put our team in a position to win games. That's what he's continuing to do this year. Georgia needs to realize it's a blessing to have Aaron Murray and how much he means."
Sophomore kicker Marshall Morgan had a mixed season debut. He made all six extra-point attempts, and a 27-yard field goal. But he missed a 52-yard attempt (just wide right) and only two of his seven kickoffs went for touchbacks. Morgan was suspended for the first two games of this season after a summer arrest for boating under the influence.
Its no fun at all. You get in trouble, and you know youre gonna have to pay a consequence, he said. So I wasnt expecting I was hoping to get right back out there, but I wasnt expecting it. If I was gonna miss time, I knew I did something wrong. But it felt good to be out there today.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, Morgan said he didnt know until just before the season opener that he would be suspended. Head coach Mark Richt played coy with the media about Morgans status, and apparently took that tack privately as well.
It kind of waited, and waited, and I didnt know, Morgan said. We got to Clemson and I kind of felt it, because I knew what I did was wrong. When I found out, I wasnt happy.
Rome hurt again
Backup tight end Jay Rome was able to play after missing the South Carolina game with an ankle injury. But then Rome re-injured the ankle on Saturday when he made his lone catch, a 27-yarder over the middle.
When he got tackled, I said: I bet that hurt, Richt said.
The sophomore was in a walking boot after the game. There should be further word on his status on Sunday evening.