December 31, 2010

Why did Murray wear gloves?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Of all the different aspects of Friday's debacle in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the sight of quarterback Aaron Murray donning gloves for the first time all year was one of the more unexpected sights.

Murray, who tinkered with gloves throughout the summer and into part of preseason, decided to wear them for the first time all year.

Based on his results, many wondered after Georgia's 10-6 loss to UCF if that was necessarily a good idea.

Murray was 21-of-38 for 198 yards with two interceptions. There might have been more, but other wayward passes bounced off the hands of Knight defenders.

"He's been practicing in them when it's been wet," head coach Mark Richt said. "He's been throwing the ball really well with the gloves on actually, so I don't think that was a factor. It was really more windy than wet."

Forecasts for Memphis had called for wet conditions, but Mother Nature actually cooperated with heavy rains staying away until after the game was already over.

"He had practiced all week for bad weather," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "I think he just got used to them and wanted to stay with them."

Murray was not available for post-game interviews after being treated for a gash under his right eye that occurred late in the game.

To add insult to his injury, Murray's pass efficiency dropped to 154.48 enabling Bobo to retain the school record at 155.80.

Walsh says he'll return

Blair Walsh says he's not going anywhere.

Although he still wants to see what kind of grade he gets from the NFL's Advisory Board, Walsh told reporters they could "assume" he will be back for his senior year.

"You can read as much as you want into it, but I'm not going anywhere," Walsh said. "I'm not going to let it end like that (referring to Friday's game), I can tell you that."

Walsh accounted for all six of Georgia's points, kicking field goals of 20 and 41 yards, although he relinquished the kickoff duties to Brandon Bogotay after rolling his ankle in practice earlier this week.

Wooten misses game

Sophomore wide receiver Rantavious Wooten was held out of Friday's contest due to continued leg issues.

Aside from Murray suffering a gash under his right eye, no other Bulldog suffered any significant injury.

This and that

According to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, the decision to not play linebacker Marcus Dowtin was due to a "Coaches Decision." … Sophomore Branden Smith's first -quarter interception was the second of his career. He made his first career pick earlier this year against Florida. … Senior offensive lineman Clint Boling finished his career with 49 starts, including the last 38 in a row, and finished second in school history for non-kickers. Former quarterback David Greene (2001-04) has the mark with 52 starts. Senior fullback Fred Munzenmaier[/db] made his fourth career start (third this season) for injured starter senior fullback Shaun Chapas, who had ankle surgery following the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 27. … Georgia's six points tonight was its lowest output in a bowl game since the 1977 Sugar Bowl loss to Pittsburgh (27-3). … A.J. Green was voted the Outstanding Offensive Player for Georgia while junior Brandon Boykin earned the Outstanding Defensive Player Award for Georgia as voted on by the media. Green finished with eight catches for 77 yards and one punt return for 18 yards. Boykin had three tackles, one interception and three kickoff returns for 38 yards.

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