October 1, 2013

Murray on the brink


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People don't believe Aaron Murray when he says he doesn't pay attention to stats, even when he's on the verge of becoming the all-time leading passer in the history of the SEC.

But it's true.

When asked if he knew how many yards he needed to establish the new mark, Murray simply shrugged.

"I have no idea. Someone texted me the other day, someone from our building, saying CBS has one stat and we have one that's different and did I know what the actual one was?'" Murray said. "I was like, 'I don't know, whatever the higher one is'. I think it was yardage. I had no idea, I just said 'use whatever you want, go check with Leland (assistant sports information Leland Barrow) or something.'"

Actually, there's no need for that.

With 100 more yards Saturday against Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS), Murray will have thrown for the most yards in the illustrious history of the conference, surpassing former Bulldog David Greene, who barring something unforeseen will hold the record of 11,528 yards for just four more days.

That won't be the only conference mark Murray will hold before his playing days are through.

With 106 touchdown passes, he's just eight back of the record of 114 set by former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel and needs just 574 more yards to break Tim Tebow's mark for total offense that currently stands at 12,232.

"Records are made to be broken and I hope nobody breaks it," Murray said. "He deserves everything that he gets because he works hard for it, he's patient, he's been through the good times and bad and stuck with his guns and that says a lot about what the kind of kid he is because he could have bailed if he had to but he didn't."

Gurley still day-to-day

Head coach Mark Richt said he still has no idea regarding the status of Todd Gurley, either regarding the game Saturday afternoon or whether or not he will practice at all for the Bulldogs this week.

"I don't know if he'll practice or not. I know that he sprained (his ankle) enough to where he couldn't finish the game, and he's getting treatment for as long as he can get it and still go to class. I just don't know," Richt said. "When we say day to day, that's the best way to describe it because we just don't know how fast it will heal or how fast the swelling will go down. He was supposed to be on crutches, but I looked out the window and watched him walking with his crutches over his shoulder, so I don't know if that's a tell-tale sign, but hopefully it won't be too long."

Gurley did not practice at all during Monday's session in full pads.

If Gurley is out, the Bulldogs will turn to fellow sophomore Keith Marshall who carried the ball a career-best 20 times for 96 yards in last week's 44-41 win over LSU.

If that's the case, Richt said Marshall will do just fine.

"I think (Keith) Marshall is very capable of carrying the load. You talk about carrying the load with 15 or 20 carries, and I think he could do it if he had to. J.J. Green has done a nice job for us when he's gotten in the game, and we think Brendan Douglas is a very legitimate SEC back," Richt said. "If Todd is not able to go, we can count on those three and then we'll have to figure out what to do in the fourth position. We've had (Kyle) Karempelis play before and A.J. Turman right now has kind of been moving towards a redshirt. We're not sure exactly what will happen there, but I don't think this is going to be a long-term enough situation where we start grabbing a guy out of a redshirt."

Richt says Dawgs won't overlook Vols

There's already been a lot of speculation whether or not the Bulldogs will have a difficult time focusing on Tennessee considering last week's thrilling victory over LSU.

On Tuesday, noted college football expert Phil Steele listed Georgia as one of the team's on "Upset Alert."

Richt, however, is confident that won't be overlooking the Vols anytime soon.

"You don't ever want to let down, but we're playing Tennessee so I don't foresee a letdown," Richt said. "If we were playing somebody else, you might start talking that way, but not when you play Tennessee."

Murray agreed.

This will actually be Murray's third time to Knoxville after traveling with the team his redshirt year in 2009, a game won by the Vols 45-19.

It's going to be a fun environment, it's going to be difficult environment so we as an offense are going to have to try to know our game plan, know our signals and be ready to go," he said. "But we've got a lot of great leaders her who are going to make sure guys are ready.


Richt on Tennessee's "Smokey Grays"

The fact Tennessee will break out their Smokey Gray uniforms induced a question to Richt regarding the last two times Georgia wore alternative jerseys - the 2011 opener against Boise State (Nike) and the 2008 game against Alabama (Black).

The Bulldogs lost both games.

"We've had it where when you win, (the new uniforms) are a great idea and when you lose, it's a bad idea," Richt said. "When you win, everyone loves them and wants you to do it again. When you lose, they want to burn them. You can't even give them away. That goes for helmets, too."

Of course, the 2007 Blackout game against Auburn stands out as positive memory.

"When we first did it that night when we played Auburn (in 2007), it was electric. Of course, we sprang it on the team," Richt said. "They didn't know. Our seniors knew, but no one else knew. There was that element of surprise, and there was a lot of steam in that locker room. Literally. I didn't even say anything. If I said something, I would have messed it up. I do remember that year."

This and that

The Nov. 9 football game between Georgia and Appalachian State will be televised by Channel 2 WSB TV Atlanta with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. ET.

The matchup is being televised locally under the guidelines which allow each Southeastern Conference school to produce one game per year outside the conference CBS and ESPN contracts.

Further details on the telecast will be announced at a later time. … Head basketball coach Mark Fox sat with the Bulldog student section dressed in costume and shoulder spikes for the duration of the win over LSU. Just don't expect Richt to return the favor at a Bulldog basketball game. "He told me he was thinking about doing it, and I told him that's awesome but I hope he doesn't expect me to do something like that," Richt said. "I'd have to start P90X right now and shave my body."


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