September 17, 2013

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Assuming quarterback Aaron Murray does as expected and throws for at least one touchdown Saturday against North Texas he'll join an elite fraternity of collegiate signal callers.

Only 13 quarterbacks before him have thrown for 100 touchdowns in their respective careers, something Murray has a chance to do three games into his senior campaign.

"That surprises me. I didn't know," wide receiver Chris Conley said. "I would love to catch that 100th touchdown pass. He's worked for it and done a great job preparing for every day and being ready for every situation. When he's on that field and seeing what a defense gives him, he's making plays. I'm excited for him."

For his part, Murray's not ready to get all sentimental about individual numbers quite yet.

However, he did admit one jumps out above all the rest.

"I think the one to Orson Charles against Georgia Tech my freshman year," Murray said. "That was a big game that we needed to make it to a bowl game, I just remember rolling to the left, he ran an end route then broke it back out."

When reminded of his second-half touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell to beat Florida last year, Murray smiled.

"Yeah, that was a big one, too," he said, noting he doesn't remember them all.

"I cannot. Coach (Mike) Bobo can, Coach Bobo can remember plays from 1985, he's like, 'I remember the down, the distance, the play,'" Murray said. "We'll have a play in our playbook and he'll be like 'Oh, we ran this play in 2004, it was fourth down,' whatever, we'll go back and look on film and it will be exactly where he said it was. He is a nerd for that, but you want your offensive coordinator to be a nerd."

For those keeping tabs, Murray still needs 16 passes to top Danny Wuerffel's SEC record of 114 career touchdown throws and needs 806 yards passing to become the SEC's all-time leader in passing yards currently held by former Bulldog quarterback David Greene who holds the mark with 11,528.

"I've always said though, the numbers be puts up doesn't really surprise me because when you work that hard, you're usually successful so for him to have that much productivity is not a shock," tight end Arthur Lynch said. "Seeing what he's done, it's not that surprising to me."

Jenkins getting earful

Jordan Jenkins has no sacks through Georgia's first two games and he's getting an earful - both from defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and former teammate Jarvis Jones.

"He (Jones) actually sent me a text recently saying I need to get my (stuff) together. I laughed at that - I liked it," Jenkins said. "He's doing great things in the NFL and I told him hopefully I'll get there one day to show him up. I really take it in stride, and I sat there yesterday working on some new plays and some stuff that Jarvis used to do, and I was realizing that I should've been doing that all along. I am trying some new things."

Jones has a point.

The Bulldogs only have three sacks in two games, something Jenkins admits has been a big disappointment.

So, what's been the deal?

"We need to get back to some of the stuff that got us better last year," Jenkins said. "A lot of us have been doing our own thing, instead of what Coach Grantham has taught us to do."

Jenkins said Grantham has warned players to get their act together.

"Basically, he's told us not to use that B.S. anymore," he said.

Captain's C means a lot to Herrera

Linebacker Amarlo Herrera will realize a dream of his Saturday when he gets to represent the team as the Bulldogs' defensive captain for Saturday's game against North Texas (12:21, SEC-TV).

"It means a lot," Herrera said. "Only a few people get to do that."

Herrera's 12 tackles per games is the highest average of any play in the SEC.

Keep an eye on Bostick

Freshman Paris Bostick hasn't played since underdoing left foot surgery back in the spring.

But don't look now, but the Tampa, Fla. native may not be done for the season after all.

Bostick has already been running and taking part in some light drills, but according to head coach Mark Richt, he's ready to take his progression a step forward - at inside linebacker.

"We're hoping to let him put the regular pads on and at least go through all of our warm-ups and pre-practice stretches. We're not exactly sure," Richt said. "It will be very limited what he does, but we'll probably let him do a little bit of fundamental drills with Coach (Kirk) Olivadotti at the linebacker position. We just have to see how he looks and if we can try to get him going this year at not. He's going to get a little work at linebacker. He just got big, kind of like (Alec) Ogletree."

This and that

Richt said Chris Mayes has made some good progress at nose guard, despite not having played thus far due to a concussion he suffered during fall camp. "He's very physical, strong and in very good condition. He did miss some practice that sat him back a bit earlier in camp, but he's getting better and better, and I don't think there's any doubt that he'll be getting more playing time for us," Richt said. … Freshman offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow is practicing with the second team at right guard and Richt is not ruling him out for playing time at some point this fall. "He's practicing with our offense. He's not doing any scout team work right now," Richt said. "He's practicing well, and we're not counting out his chances of playing this year. We're not sure if he'll play, but we're not counting it out right now."

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