September 13, 2013

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Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was pleased with the improvement he saw from Week 1 to Week 2.

But he doesn't want it to stop there.

"There were improvement in assignments, improvement in technique. Unfortunately, some of those things cost us that first game but we were able to eliminate some of our self-inflicted wounds and get a little bit better," Bobo said. "But I think on the positive side there's still a lot we can improve on as an offense and the first two days of practice this week I liked our guys' mindset. They're out there trying to get better and I think we've gotten better. Now, we've got to see improvement from Game 2 to Game 3."

Quarterback Aaron Murray was certainly at his best.

The fifth-year senior was 17 of 23 for 309 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, and that was despite four drops by Bulldog receivers.

"I thought it was one of his better games as far as being on. He's usually on and knows where to go with the ball and the decisions he makes, but his accuracy was at very high level and he had to be," Bobo said. "We knew he was going to have to throw the ball quick and when we threw the ball we wanted to complete it a high percentage and try to control the game, not just running it, but with our short passing game we were able to do that."

Was it his best?

Last year Murray had games where he completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against Ole Miss and a slightly better contest where he completed 30 of 38 passes for 427 yards and four touchdowns and no picks.

This one, however, was different as it came against what at the time was the nation's 6th-ranked team.

"It's one of them," said Bobo, when asked if it was one of Murray's best. "I'll have to see how this season ends up and what happens, but I think he plays pretty good every week."

With this weekend's bye, Bobo's only goal is for his players to stay healthy.

He obviously hopes the same for next week's game against North Texas, but said he won't be resting any key starters to ensure there are no health issues going into the next big SEC game against LSU on Sept. 28.

"We'll play the game as it happens. Coach (head coach Mark Richt) has never been one and I've never been one to say and play hey, you're going to play this series or that series," Bobo said. "We'll go out there with all the bullets, so to speak and take it from there."

Freshman running back Brendan Douglas had a spot in Bobo's holster against South Carolina.

Douglas made his first appearance in the Bulldog backfield on Georgia's game-ending drive, rushing four straight times for 25 of his 31 yards, including one for 17 yards on his first collegiate carry.

"We actually said going into the week if he was going to be the second short-yardage back, and Todd (Gurley) couldn't go," Bobo said. "We had one earlier in the game which Keith ended up going, but we feel confident in those situations. He's low to the ground, good balance and exhibited good ball security throughout camp."

NOTES: Bobo said the Bulldogs still have not decided if they will redshirt freshman tight end Jordan Davis or offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow. … Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph hopes to see his first action of the year against North Texas after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury. "He's practiced, but he's still got to get better on assignments and route running," Bobo said. "We'll see what happens."

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