Did Murray Forget How to Pass?
In his junior year of high school, Murray was regarded as the number one high school quarterback in the nation. And he didn’t grind out stats against inferior competition week in and week out at some small and/or private high school as so many do. He played in one the largest public classifications in the state of Florida (Plant High, Tampa). For any of those that don’t understand how so much talent ends up at the University of Florida and Miami and FSU, realize this: the state is the most populated in the South. Many of us would argue that much of Florida is not the Real South, not culturally. But that hot weather top-tier talent certainly abounds and the peninsula is literally surrounded with cities. Murray was hurt his senior year of high school and sat out last season at GEORGIA as a redshirt. But he completely dominated the last time he actually played the game. He has excellent intelligence, excellent mobility, good accuracy, good arm strength and below average size. I expect to see him in a shifting pocket and making throws on the run regularly. He can compete at this level despite his stature, because he has every other tool and is a physical, tough guy. He needs to learn to protect the football to the best of his ability, which is so much easier with a veteran offensive line, established running game and potentially dominant receiving core. AJ Green may be the best amateur athlete in the nation. Athletic tight end Orson Charles was Murray’s high school teammate. Kris Durham is a big, dependable target. Throw to those three guys a bunch, hand off a bunch, throw to the rest of the talented cast some, get the fullbacks involved. This is a golden opportunity with 10 starters back for Murray to shine or be the goat. I predict an explosive and balanced offense that runs first and throws effectively. This kid has practiced at QB against the UGA defenders since he arrived on campus early two years ago, spring. He should not be overwhelmed by the size or speed of the game at this point in his career. And if he can start for the next four years and perform well, we will be back to being the dominant program that we expect. And that Coach Mark Richt expects. Coach has developed some good quarterbacks and has six ten-win seasons in nine years, with three BCS bowl appearances and two SEC rings.