Monthly Archives: November 2013
Bleacher Report asked me to write a tribute to Aaron Murray. In theory, this should have been the easiest article I’ve ever written. Murray’s career directly coincided with my writing “adventure” (or whatever this is), so there’s certainly no shortage of statistics, moments, games, stories, etc. upon which I could expound. But this was really, really difficult.
Part of the challenge was reducing what Murray meant to Georgia fans to just a few paragraphs. The problem with record-setting quarterbacks who also happen to be good guys is that they tend to do more than you can say.
The other facet of the article that challenged me was the harsh reality that Murray’s career ended so abruptly. My collection of insights about Murray that ran Friday was (at the time) appropriately titled, “Remembering Aaron Murray…While He’s Still Here.” It was supposed to be a Senior Night piece that was a collection of thoughts as he played his last game at Sanford Stadium. I didn’t anticipate that he would be playing his last game as a Bulldog just a few hours later.
From a fan’s perspective, Murray is the type of player that makes you feel wildly insignificant and yet thoroughly involved. I’m simultaneously embarrassed by how emotionally invested I’ve been in Murray’s career while also proud to have been a part of it. The extent to which I’ve cheered, hoped and wanted the best for a guy who is three years younger than me and is playing a game is slightly pathetic. But at the same time, I plan on bragging about “being there” for decades.
I’m completely comfortable with that contradiction. But I’m still coming to grips with the end of this era.
My tribute to Murray can be found here, but hopefully the above paragraphs explain the context for what I wrote and the content I chose to focus on.
Here’s to hoping for and praying for a speedy, full recovery. I can’t wait to see what’s next – on and off the field – for Aaron Murray. And yes, I realize that sounds cliche.
That’s all I got/
Update: Obviously we all know Murray’s college career is over now. So sad for him. He deserved better on that field. Many, many more thoughts to come.
No word on Murray’s injury yet, but Richt made it clear that he was unlikely to play against Georgia Tech next week.
In any event, the video below features two things happening:
- Aaron Murray running out onto the field at Sanford Stadium for the final time as a Bulldog (remember, he didn’t even get to run out for the second half).
- Me photo-bombing this very emotional moment.
Pretty special moment, I’m sure someday he’ll thank me for being there. But in all seriousness, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better Dawg – or even a better Dawg family.
Prayers for a speedy recovery.
That’s all I got/
0:00: And That’s It. Georgia wins 59-17.
3:44: Murray has been taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for an MRI. THERE IS NO OTHER NEWS. But, Faton Bauta has entered the game as Georgia’s third QB.
7:49: things are getting weird here at Sanford Stadium as a snap goes WELLLLL over Hutson Mason’s head. Marshall Morgan come in for a 41-yard field goal. He gets it.
11:39: Georgia is driving yet again. 63 points would be a nice number. Brendan Douglas is getting the lion’s share of the offensive work now.
15:00: Georgia leads 56-10 and my fingers are freezing.
Fourth Quarter Here.
2:15: Brendan Douglas in. Georgia is really rolling at this point – up 56-10. How long do you leave Hutson Mason in?
6:52: Josh Harvey-Clemons recovers his second fumble of the second half. Kentucky looked poise to score, but nevemore. Georgia football.
10:18: This is getting out of control. I’m loving the “Fight for Murray” attitude that’s permeating Twitter, but I’m not sure how much of an impact that late hit that hurt the kid is impacting the on-field performance. That seems too Twittery.
11:02: Well, here’s something substantive.
11:04: Georgia moves ahead 42-10. All kinds of rumors flying around regarding Murray. None have been substantiated yet, so I’m staying out of it.
12:27: Georgia defense continues to impress as a punt gets tipped. Mason time.
14:30: Cute little 18-yard loss there by Kentucky. You do you Wildcats.
A few Halftime Thoughts:
- The defense looked good. Lots of pressure, one big breakdown. I’ll take that ratio.
- Gurley is a legitimate receiving threat. I love it. I can’t say enough about it.
- Hutson Mason looked sharp (as always) when he came in. he was 4/5 for 57 yards and a touchdown. Not shabby.
- I hated how Murray’s night ended (presumably), but I don’t want to speculate any further at this point other than to say he had a really hard time getting off the field and reports indicate that he was in serious pain as he made his way to the locker room.
- The crowd is great tonight. Sure, it’s senior night. – but that doesn’t typically mean a lot for fans. Glad to see a packed house wearing black and fighting the cold with some enthusiasm.
Check out half-time thoughts and the third quarter live blog here.
0:48: Mason completes his first two passes as the fast paced offense goes under his leadership for the first time in meaningful play.
2:36: Mobility is really an issue for Murray. Would be stunned to see him playing in the second half as his lef definitely is bothering him.
4:09: Play reversed. Georgia backs it up.
7:07: Despite the chill, it’s a gorgeous evening in Athens, Ga. I’m getting a little sentimental knowing that I won’t be here for a real game until August 30, 2014 for a clash with Clemson.
9:37: Surprise, surprise. Georgia muffs a punt, Kentucky gets the ball back and this goes live on the internetzzz.
9:57: The Georgia defense gets back to stopping Kentucky the way they should. Meanwhile the keyboard on my laptop are getting increasingly cold, but I persevere for you.
13:00: Murray is such a bully. I like him for that. For anyone who questions his killer instinct look at what he’s doing right now. 14/16 for 145 and 4 TDs all in 18 minutes of play.
14:40: Murray runs for 29. Like he’s a freshman again. Who made him stop being cool and running? Can I blame Nick Marshall?
15:00: Random first quarter observation: The time between when Brendan Douglas gets hit and the time the play is over is typically between 15 seconds and 45 minutes.