November 22, 2010

Murray back on the field

Quarterback Aaron Murray was back at practice for Georgia Monday afternoon and head coach Mark Richt was optimistic that the redshirt freshman will indeed start Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

"He practiced and he did a pretty good job," Richt said in a statement. "There's a difference between practice and playing, so we'll have to see if he continues to improve."

Murray didn't practice last week after bruising his sternum and knee two weeks ago against Auburn.

Running back Washaun Ealey said Murray didn't show much rust during Monday's two-hour workout in full pads.

"He looked pretty good," Ealey said. "He came out and was a little edgy, but he came out and looked good toward the end of practice."

Right tackle Josh Davis said he only noticed one real difference in Murray's play Monday.

"He didn't give me a chest bump," Davis smiled. "You couldn't tell he was hurt. On that play where he cut his lip, cut his chin, I'm the one that actually got him off the ground and he was 'Woo, that was a good hit.' But he just started calling the next play. I didn't know he was hurt that bad."

Hamilton moved to corner

Junior Jakar Hamilton has a new position - cornerback.

"I asked Coach (defensive coordinator Todd Grantham) to switch me to corner because I feel like that would be the best move for me," Hamilton told UGASports. "With my height (6-foot-1), my size (208 pounds) and my speed, I think it's a good fit. You can easily come across safeties, but me being 208 - that's not going to cut it at the safety position in the SEC."

That's a lesson Hamilton said he actually learned early on this year.

"It might work in the Pac-10, but not in the SEC," Hamilton said. "If you're playing in the SEC and coming downhill to hit somebody like (Marcus) Lattimore weighing 230 - that's not good."

Hamilton said he's been working at corner for the last several weeks.

Butler finalist for Guy Award

Punter Drew Butler has been named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award for the second consecutive year, according to an announcement made on Monday.

Butler, a 6-2, 203-pound from Duluth, was named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award after winning the 2009 award for being the nation's top punter. He joins Iowa senior Ryan Donahue and Florida senior Chas Henry in competition to be named the nation's most outstanding punter in 2010.

Butler is third in the Southeastern Conference and 15th in the nation with a 45.0 average on 43 punts. He has boomed 14 punts of 50 or more yard this season and placed 18 punts within the 20-yard line. Butler and the Bulldogs are also second in the SEC and third in the NCAA in Net Punting with an average of 41.1. Only 11 of Butler's 43 punts this season have been returned.

Butler is on pace to become the school record holder in punting average for a career with a mark of 46.4 through almost three seasons. The current school leader holds the record at 43.2. … Richt announced the captains for Saturday's game will be Demarcus Dobbs, Akeem Dent, Shaun Chapas and Chad Gloer. Other members of the Bulldogs' senior class will wear the captain "C" logo as well.

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