ESPN analyst and former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer has watched the tape of the Georgia-Clemson game. Though the Bulldogs lost 38-35 in an offensive shootout, Palmer came away unimpressed with the performance of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, indicating that if he’d played better, Georgia would have won it. Here’s what Palmer told Chip Towers of AJC.com this week.
“I put that game on Aaron. He just left so many huge plays on the field. He’s got to make better throws. He just wasn’t very accurate. He just wasn’t putting the ball in the strike zone. They could have had 800 yards of offense in that game. I’m being dead serious.”
Georgia didn’t have 800 yards of offense in the game but it did have 545. Murray threw for 323 yards but Palmer specifically pointed to three plays that he says should have gone for big yardage.
“If you didn’t watch the game and saw the box score you’d assume he played really well. But he’s got to play better and he’d be the first to tell you that. Listen, he made some big-time throws in the game and he was getting some pressure. But with his skillset and as much football as he’s played, being the leader he is on that team, in a shoot-out game like that against an offensive team like Clemson, he’s just got to step up and make those plays.”
Murray and the 0-1 Bulldogs meet South Carolina Saturday. We’ll have our game previews and picks posted later today.