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Georgia football notes: Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo not satisfied with quarterback Aaron Murray

Differs in account from head coach Mark Richt



ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray’s head coach was largely pleased with the Georgia quarterback’s scrimmage performance Tuesday. A day later, however, his position coach gave a different account.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he was “a little disappointed” with Murray’s performance. Most of his ire was directed at an interception in the end zone, which Bobo called a “bonehead decision ... throwing it up for grabs.”

Murray’s stats in the scrimmage, as provided by the team, were 12-for-21 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Head coach Mark Richt had been pleased, praising Murray’s ability to handle pressure.

Whether or not the scrimmage itself went well, the film study of it did, according to Bobo.

“We learned from it on tape (Wednesday), and he had an excellent practice (Wednesday) in standing in the pocket, trusting the protection and cutting the ball loose,” Bobo said. “And that was good to see. The other day (Tuesday) wasn’t particularly up to par.”

Hebron back in good standing?

Marcus Dowtin has gotten a lot of attention. But another inside linebacker from Maryland may be getting back in the conversation for playing time.

Akeem Hebron, taking advantage of injury problems at the position, had six tackles in Tuesday’s scrimmage.

“Akeem Hebron made some plays with the second unit there against the first-unit offense. I can see that he’s worked,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “My belief is everyone has a role to play on this team. Whatever that role is, do it to the best of your ability.”

Hebron played in a total of nine games the past two seasons, notching four tackles and no sacks. He was a Parade All-American coming out of Gaithersburg, Md., but spent a year at Georgia Military College, then fractured his ankle midway through the 2008 season.

“Right now we’re just trying to build depth,” Hebron said. “We’re just trying to play as many at my position anyway, we’re trying to play as many linebackers as we can. Keep some legs fresh, and the only way we can do that is by not having a weakest link.”

This and that

Guard Cordy Glenn missed Wednesday’s practice, a day after Richt said Glenn was held out of the scrimmage because he was sick. ... Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said senior Fred Munzenmaier has been getting more reps lately, about as many as freshman Ken Malcome. Carlton Thomas has moved into the third spot on the depth chart behind Caleb King and Washaun Ealey.

He said it

“We know probably as much as you guys know. Coach mentioned that he’s gonna be out addressing some academic things, and we’re just rolling on.” — Secondary coach Scott Lakatos on the unspecified academic issues facing sophomore cornerback Branden Smith.