ATHENS -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was asked Thursday if he had a little scare two weekends ago when he hurt his ankle playing pick-up soccer.
“A little scare that (offensive coordinator Mike Bobo) and (head coach Mark Richt) were gonna rip me a new one,” Murray said. “I was lying on the ground saying, ‘I don’t want to talk to Coach Bobo right now.’ But I knew it was nothing serious.”
That turned out to be right. Murray was diagnosed with only a sprain, and after a little more than a week in a walking boot, he said he was fine. He said he will be “100 percent” for the first spring practice, which is Thursday.
The injury will have one lasting effect: Murray said he was cutting out all other sports -- no soccer, no basketball or anything that would risk injury.
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But Richt sounded forgiving. He pointed out he has never instituted rules against playing other sports or skiing or anything like that.
“I want these guys to live their lives and enjoy it,” Richt said. “It seems like no matter what you do, somebody can still stumble down the steps and get hurt. So I’ve never really done that.”
Scheduling time off
While Georgia opens spring practice Thursday, it won’t hold its second one until 12 days later. Richt said the decision to do it that way was a scheduling maneuver.
He wanted a day between every practice -- Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday -- so the players have a day to recover from hitting and for the coaches to have time with their families.
“If you have two practices back-to-back, the coaches tend to want to stay up all night watching film of practice, preparing for the next day, and they don’t have a chance to go home,” Richt said. “If you spread it out just about right, then I think it’s good for your players and your coaches.”
LeMay may play, or not
Freshman quarterback Christian LeMay, who enrolled at Georgia in January, has already impressed Murray in workouts.
“He’s a tremendous athlete, first off,” Murray said. “You see him out there doing conditioning drills, and he’s a horse. He can work, now.”
LeMay’s addition gives Georgia a third scholarship quarterback, one more than it had last season. But Richt said any decision on whether to redshirt LeMay or Hutson Mason, who will be a sophomore, won’t be made until “deep into camp” at the earliest.
“Spring ball is about learning what to do improving on your fundamentals and hopefully showing your coach you’ve got what it takes to get the ball to the right place,” Richt said.
Since Washaun Ealey was reinstated from a brief offseason suspension, the Bulldogs have four scholarship tailbacks for practice. But one of them isn’t Isaiah Crowell, the Columbus-Carver standout who could be the starter when he arrives this summer.
“You just want to see them compete,” Richt said of Ealey and the other returning tailbacks. “You just want to see them prove that they can hold off the young pup coming in.”
Two freshmen who were injured last year will be held out of spring practice. Dexter Morant (shoulder) will be a redshirt freshman, and T.J. Stripling (knee surgery) will be a sophomore. … Richt said receiver Rantavious Wooten and Chris Conley have added about 12 pounds since the start of the semester. Wooten was a sophomore last year, and Conley enrolled early and will be a freshman next year.