Tag:Aaron Murray
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: November 15, 2010 9:36 am

Richt: No word on Murray's knee

Posted by Chip Patterson

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley has come under some heat from the media for some of his hits during Auburn's 49-31 win over Georgia on Saturday.  The topic became an issue particularly after a helmet first hit forced starting quarterback Aaron Murray out of the game with a knee injury.  Murray sat out the final five plays of the game, and was not available for the media because he was receiving medical attention.  Head coach Mark Richt did say in his postgame comments that Murray wanted to re-enter the game, and the quarterback tweeted after the game that the knee is "all good."  But when Richt held his Sunday evening teleconference with media members, he was none too interested in talking about injuries.

"I'm not going to talk about injuries in this conference," Richt said in the call. "I'm just going to hold off on that. I've got to get a clear picture from Ron. ... When I get with Ron, I'm sure we'll have a discussion and will have a better idea of what is going on in that regard."

Georgia has a much-needed off week before facing in-state rival Georgia Tech at home in the regular season finale on November 27.  At 5-6, the Bulldogs need the win in order to become bowl eligible for the 14th straight season.  A small consolation for an otherwise disappointing season in Athens.  Murray has exhibited great promise in his freshman season, throwing for 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and he did so without star wide receiver A.J. Green for the first four games.  In Murray the Bulldogs have a quarterback to build on for the future, so there is a bit of concern from the Georiga faithful.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:56 pm

Auburn, Chizik off to Atlanta after win

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Not many fans outside of Auburn will be pleased with it after the week's Cam Newton revelations and some ugly scenes at the end of tonight's win over Georgia , but that also won't make any difference after the Tigers' 49-31 victory moved them to a perfect 7-0 in the SEC and clinched the West division title. Auburn will play in the SEC championship game for the first time since 2004 and for just the third time since the SEC's divisional split in 1992.

Though a national title game could still be on the horizon pending the SEC title tilt and an even-tricker-looking visit to Alabama , the West championship is already a huge vindication for Gene Chizik , whose hire was derided in virtually every corner after his 5-19 record at Iowa State . With two games still to play, he's a perfectly palindromical 19-5 in his two seasons at the Auburn helm, and whether or not the Newton scandal forces him to vacate those victories, it's hard to argue he hasn't brought the team a steady, calming influence that's allowed them to make three comebacks from double-digit deficits this season.

Today was the third, with the Bulldogs jumping out to a 21-7 lead before the inexorable march of Auburn's ground-pounding offense wore down Georgia's defense as the game. The Tigers finished with 315 rushing yards, their sixth straight SEC game with 300 or more yards on the ground. Newton finished with 151 yards and two rushing touchdowns (to go with 148 and 3 scores in the air), Onterio McCalebb 71 and three scores, and Michael Dyer 60. Georgia scored 10 points on their first two drives of the second half, on expertly-guided drives of 81 and 66 yards by Aaron Murray ... but it didn't make much difference when Auburn's final five possessions of the game all ended in touchdowns.

The game ended on a sour note as a pair of Bulldog offensive lineman took exception to a hit by Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley on Murray which forced him off the field, dogpiling on Fairley after the following play. The resulting fracas resulted in the ejection of backup defensive end Michael Goggans , and after the next play, a punch saw backup defensive tackle Mike Blanc dismissed as well. Both will reported miss the first half of the Alabama game, and though neither starts, both see major time in Auburn's usual defensive line rotation.

Neither that nor the Newton scandal will do much to dull the celebrations in Auburn tonight, though. The coach who would supposedly never get Auburn to the top of their division did it in just two years. Until/unless the NCAA says otherwise, that's more than enough reason to break out the party hats.

Posted on: November 13, 2010 5:39 pm

Newton, Green dominating as defense optional

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Once the great question in college football this week had been answered -- yes, Cam Newton is going to play for Auburn until or unless the NCAA investigation turns up something new -- the showdown between Auburn and Georgia has played out exactly the way you might expect.

Way the first: neither team is playing a lot of defense. The game is tied at 21 points apiece and both teams have already topped 200 total yards. The Tigers have hit 240, but the ever-torchable Auburn secondary has been torched for 137 yards on just 12 Aaron Murray pass attempts. A.J. Green has topped 100 yards already and collected a pair of touchdowns, including this 40-yard bomb:

Way the second: Cam Newton has played with a focus unusual even for him, hitting 9 of his 11 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. (An interception should properly be attributed to a butterfingered drop from Emory Blake .) He's also accounted for 90 rushing yards on 15 carries with a touchdown on the ground as well. If Newton winds up denied the Heisman, it won't be for any lack of production on the field.

Way the third: The game is razor-close, with both teams trading long drives and big plays and of course each scoring three touchdowns for the 21-21 tie.

Auburn has been so much of a second-half team, particularly at home, that they may have an on-paper edge as the third quarter begins. But with players like Green and Newton on the field, anything could happen.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:19 pm

Much ado about nothing with Georgia's Grantham

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Saturday in Jacksonville, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was caught on camera making what appeared to be the universal "choke" signal before Chas Henry lined up to make a game-winning kick in overtime for Florida.   Grantham repeatedly put his right hand up to his throat after Georgia called a timeout to ice Henry.

Now, for some reason, the fact that a coach on the opposing team would somehow hope that a kicker would blow a field goal and not beat his team is apparently a big deal.  Why?  I honestly don't know.

Should Grantham have been rooting for Henry?

Whatever the case is, Mark Richt felt the need to address it at his weekly press conference.

“I’ll just say that emotions run high and people do things that they probably wish they wouldn’t do,” Richt said. “I think that was what was being communicated. I don’t think he’s necessarily proud of it. We're just gonna learn from it and move on.”

Personally, I side with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray who said that he didn't think it was that big of a deal as "it's not like he charged the field at the kicker and tried to do something to him."

Which, if Grantham had done, would have been wrong but so very awesome.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 11:32 pm

What I learned from the SEC (Oct.30)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. The SEC East will be decided on November 13. A few weeks ago the SEC was up for grabs with just about every team in the division still in contention to win it.  Now, after Saturday's events, only two teams remain.  With their wins on Saturday, only South Carolina and Florida have a realistic shot, and they play in Gainesville in two weeks.  Florida has Vanderbilt before that, which they should win, and while South Carolina has a tough test with Arkansas next week, they can withstand one more loss.  Either way, the winner of that game on the 13th is going to Atlanta.

2. Auburn cares not for the BCS curse.   Oklahoma couldn't overcome it last week, and some folks wondered if Auburn would be the next #1 team in the BCS to suffer a loss, but it didn't happen this week.  The Tigers took care of Ole Miss 51-31 on Saturday night in Oxford, and the Cam Newton Heisman Locomotive kept on barreling down the tracks.  In fact, Newton decided he was tired of merely passing and running for touchdowns, so he decided to catch one this week as well.

3. Tennessee found a new quarterback.   And his name is Tyler Bray.   The freshman saw his first action last week, and came on in relief of Matt Simms against South Carolina this week as well, and it looks like he may have wrestled the starting job away.  Bray was far from perfect for the Vols, but he did throw for 159 yards and two touchdowns, getting the Vols back into the game before South Carolina pulled away late. Considering that Bray is the future for Tennessee, and the Vols have nothing left to play for, it only makes sense to roll with Bray the rest of the way.

4. Aaron Murray is going to be very good one day.  It's just not going to be this season.  At times on Saturday, Murray made fantastic plays to help lead Georgia back from a 21-10 deficit and force overtime against Florida.  Unfortunately, he also turned the ball over four times, including the back breaker in overtime.  Even so, Murray showed the kind of flashes on Saturday that have to make Georgia fans very optimistic about the future.

5. Chas Henry will rest peacefully tonight. I've felt incredibly sympathetic for Florida punter Chas Henry this season.  He's had to fill in for an injured Caleb Sturgis, and has missed a few huge kicks for the Gators, including one that led to a loss against Mississippi State.   Still, he made a very big one on Saturday night, nailing a 37-yarder to win the game in overtime.

Posted on: October 30, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 5:40 pm

Gators up 21-7 at halftime

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As Jerry Hinnen wrote about earlier this afternoon , the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party took on a bit of added significance following South Carolina 's win over Tennessee on Saturday morning.  Essentially, whoever loses this game is eliminated from contention in the SEC East.  Through the first 30 minutes it looks like Georgia is the leading candidate.

Florida heads into halftime with a 21-7 lead thanks to a ground game that seems to be finding its legs, and some Georgia mistakes.  Chris Rainey, playing in his first game since being suspended for those text message shenanigans , has scored a touchdown along with Jeff Demps and Trey Burton.   More importantly, John Brantley is playing better than he has in weeks.  He has thrown an interception, but he's also completed 8-of-11 passes for 123 yards in the first half.

Also, to the delight of Channing Crowder, he's yet to be chased down by any white linebackers.

One quarterback who hasn't been having his best day is Georgia's Aaron Murray.   The Bulldogs have turned the ball over three times, and all three came courtesy of Murray.  He's thrown two interceptions and fumbled once, while only completing 5-of-14 passes, though one was a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King for the Bulldogs lone score.

Take away that pass from Murray, and he's 4-of-13 for 60 yards.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:07 pm

Georgia isn't having any trouble with Vanderbilt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The debut of Uga VIII has been going pretty well for the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend.  While Uga is chilling on the sidelines the Bulldogs are off to a very nice start against Vanderbilt, holding a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Things didn't start out all that smoothly, as the Bulldogs needed all three of their first-half timeouts on their opening drive and still had to settle for a field goal, but the ride hasn't been nearly as bumpy since then.  The Bulldogs have put up 297 yards of offense against Vandy, while limiting the Commodores to 76 yards on defense.

Washaun Ealey is enjoying all the extra carries he's getting with Caleb King suspended for the game, outgaining Vanderbilt by himself with 89 yards on 10 carries, including a 58-yard run to set up a 15-yard touchdown by Carlton Thomas.   Aaron Murray hasn't been fantastic, completing 9-of-17 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, but he's making the plays he needs to with his arm and legs.

Still, even if it hasn't been all that pretty, the Bulldogs will happily take what looks like an easy victory this week.  Given the way things started in 2010, the idea of being 3-4 and 2-3 in the SEC after today means that a bowl appearance is still a possibility.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:43 pm

Georgia taking its frustration out on Tennessee

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So far this season the only thing anybody has talked about when it comes to the Georgia Bulldogs is what's gone wrong.  Today, everything is going right.  The Bulldogs are using all the frustration from the first five weeks of the season and are taking it out on Tennessee.   Late in the second quarter the Bulldogs hold a 27-7 lead over the Vols, taking advantage of a Tennessee defense that seems all too willing to give them whatever they'd like.

Aaron Murray has thrown two touchdowns in the half and run for another, giving Georgia its first points on a 35-yard touchdown run.  Tennessee has responded by turning the ball over twice on special teams along with an interception from Matt Simms.

Safe to say that if the Bulldogs had been playing like this all season, there wouldn't be nearly as much talk about Mark Richt's job status in Athens these days.

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