March 6, 2013

No regrets for Murray

Aaron Murray from Anthony Dasher on Vimeo.

Aaron Murray joked that there were some times during Georgia's recently completed mat drill sessions that he questioned if he had made the right choice to return for his senior year.

"I was starting to wonder," Murray laughed after practice Tuesday afternoon. "Naw, I'm just kidding. I have no regrets at all. I love being here. I'm very excited about it."

Apparently, considering what he's seen from the first two days of spring drills, there a lot for him to be excited about.

After setting the school record for points scored in a season with 529, Murray said he already sees the potential for similar numbers next fall, impressive considering the Bulldogs won't put on the full pads until they resume practice after Spring Break.

"From the first two days of spring ball it really feels like the offense hasn't missed a beat and that's very exciting, to know what we did last year and we're already miles ahead," Murray said. "We've still got a lot of work to do but we're looking pretty good right now."

Head coach Mark Richt said having a fifth-year senior at quarterback is blessing a lot of teams doesn't always get to enjoy.

"He's having fun out there," Richt said. "He obviously knows what he's doing and he's doing what he can to make those better around him."

Murray said that's just what he's trying to do.

"Oh yeah. You've got to have fun. This is my last go-around. I feel like I've been here ages, and I think for others it feels I've been here for ages, too," he said. "But it is just about having fun, and do what I can to mentor the younger guys and try to do the best I can on the field as well."

Two of those younger players include wide receiver Jonathon Rumph and quarterback Brice Ramsey.

At 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, Murray said the Rumph certainly looks like a player who will be able to help the Bulldogs come fall.

"He looks great. If you want to talk about pretty football players, he's a pretty looking football player. He's big, strong and he's looked great running and catching the ball. I look forward to him just continuing to learn the playbook; that's basically all it is with him right now," Murray said. "Physically, route running ability, everything is there. He just has to work on the plays and be ready for the season."

In Ramsey, Murray said the Bulldogs have a future QB who has already shown a knack for being calm under pressure.

"Brice is so laid back. Nothing fazes him. He's like Joe Cool out there. I don't even know if he knows if he's playing with some of the best guys in the country," Murray said. "He's like 'Hey, I'll throw the ball; let's do it.' That's pretty much his mentality. I told him my first days here I was throwing like 10 or 11 balls over the wall. He's here, just flinging it having fun. He's got a great mentality, a hard-working kid and I look forward to see him develop over the next few years."

But Murray's not ready to rest on his own laurels quite yet.

There's always room to improve, even if you're a quarterback who has thrown for over 10,000 yards and 95 touchdowns during the course of his Bulldog career.

"I want to continue working on my footwork and my accuracy. I've been working on my speed a little bit more, but other than that keep grinding," he said. "I just want to push myself in practice to try and complete every ball and work on my fundamentals."

While his teammates are away on Spring Break next week, Murray will be hard at work.

On Saturday, he'll travel to Norman, Okla. where he'll train for a week with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield.

Murray worked with Whitfield - based out of San Diego - at last summer's Elite11 in Calif., and along with Ohio State's Braxton Miller, will train with the coach for six days while he's in Oklahoma working out former OU quarterback Landry Jones.

"I've had my share of fun spring breaks," Murray said. "I need to make sure I'm ready to go this season."