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Murray Gets UGA’s QB Job; Backup Punter Gets The Boot

It’s funny how things can change based on one scrimmage. 

Last fall, as Georgia struggled with turnovers on offense, many Bulldog fans clamored for hotshot freshman quarterback Aaron Murray.  Mark Richt chose to stick with the veteran Joe Cox and the Bulldogs rallied for season-ending wins against Georgia Tech and Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl.

Going into spring practice, it was believed that Murray would finally be the guy to claim the Georgia job.  Instead, Murray couldn’t pull away from Logan Gray and Zach Mettenberger.

Then Mettenberger went 6-for-10 with a couple of TDs in the G-Day game and all of a sudden most of the Bulldog faithful wanted Mettenberger to be the guy over Murray.

With Mettenberger dismissed from the team, Richt announced today that Murray would head into the fall as UGA’s top signal-caller.  Had Murray been given that job last season, we’d have heard cheers from the Peach State.  But now Murray’s won the job and most of what we hear are concerns.  Concerns about his arm strength.  Concerns about why HE didn’t have the great G-Day game (maybe because he was with the 1st unit, while Mettenberger was out their with the second units).

My point is this — Murray is still the prospect that was a fan favorite last year.  Viewing one open practice shouldn’t change that.  Now, he may be a boom or a bust this fall, but there’s no reason for fans’ feelings about Murray to have shifted so wildly over the past 12 months.

And what did Richt say when asked who would have won the job had Mettenberger not been booted?  “I’m not out to hurt anybody worse than they may have been hurt to this point.  (But) Aaron would have been the #1 quarterback.”

Speaking of “booted,” when you’re a walk-on backup punter, you shouldn’t go getting yourself arrested.  That’s the lesson learned today by Trent Dittmer, the punter who was arrested Tuesday morning for public intoxication.

Richt announced his heave-ho this afternoon.

“The bottom line is I want to do what’s best for this football team, and I want to do what’s best for the young men, too.  And sometimes if a young man loses his opportunity to play for his team, a lesson will be learned by him and everyone else who is watching.”

 




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