ATHENS – Near the end of Georgia’s victory over North Texas, the offense had a small stumble: It couldn’t 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 Bobo’s 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 they’re seeing in their senior quarterback.
“Personally I think he’s 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. You’re 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 Saturday’s game, an interception in the end zone that he admitted he forced. Otherwise he was nearly perfect. As Georgia’s 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 Wuerffel’s 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.
“It’s no fun at all. You get in trouble, and you know you’re gonna have to pay a consequence,” he said. “So I wasn’t expecting – I was hoping to get right back out there, but I wasn’t 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 didn’t know until just before the season opener that he would be suspended. Head coach Mark Richt played coy with the media about Morgan’s status, and apparently took that tack privately as well.
“It kind of waited, and waited, and I didn’t 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 wasn’t 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.