Posted: 10:02 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Ten@10: Murray’s Pro Day, Georgia’s G-Day, Bubba’s big day 

By Chip Towers

Aaron Murray wasn't able to work out for scouts at the NFL combine in February, but he'll be full go at UGA's Pro Day on Wednesday, just 4 1/2 months after ACL surgery.

Aaron Murray wasn’t able to work out for scouts at the NFL combine in February, but he’ll be full go at UGA’s Pro Day on Wednesday, just 4 1/2 months after ACL surgery (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

THE TEN AT 10

1. I talked to quarterback Aaron Murray on Monday about his big debut as a professional in UGA’s Pro Day on Wednesday morning. Here’s a link to the story that will run in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Murray has already turned some heads with his recovery from last November’s knee surgery. Just 4 1/2 months since having ACL reconstruction surgery, Murray says he is fully recovered and will prove it to NFL executives and scouts Wednesday morning.

I talked to several people about Murray’s pro prospects and right now I’m having a hard time finding a dissenting opinion. Where or when he’ll get drafted, nobody knows, but everybody seems to agree he’ll be on an NFL roster for a while.

“I think Aaron Murray is a great player,” Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan told the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter. “They would kind of knock him because he never won big games and I thought that was crazy because he won a ton of big games. When you play in the SEC, every week is a big game. So, I think he’s battled tested, he’s accurate, he’s tough, he’s a competitor and he’s also been a guy who’s made some huge plays late in game to push them to wins. Even look at last year, his junior year in the SEC championship game and the way he competed and played in that game was really impressive. I think he’ll do great. I think he’ll transition very well into the NFL.”

Of course, Murray isn’t the only Bulldog who showing his wares to NFL scouts. In fact, virtually every senior on last year’s roster will be working out, according to UGA’s Dave Van Halanger, who coordinates the event for Georgia. Among them will be tight end Arthur Lynch; offensive linemen Chris Burnette, Dallas Lee and Kenarious Gates; receivers Rhett McGowan and Rantavious Wooten; defensive linemen Garrison Smith and T.J. Stripling; and special teams stalwart Blake Sailors.

2. There was only one thing that was settled when it came to Georgia’s G-Day Game this past Saturday — nothing is settled.

Nowhere was that more evident than the offensive line, where virtually nothing came off the way it had appeared it was going in practices. John Theus started at right tackle rather than left tackle, Kolton Houston started at left guard rather than right tackle, and Mark Beard started at left tackle rather than left guard. The only constants were David Andrews at center and Greg Pyke at right guard.

The problem seems to be the Bulldogs finding what they’re looking for at left guard. Beard began the spring there, moving in from left tackle where he’d played the last two seasons. But Beard didn’t like it and asked to move back out to tackle. So Brandon Kublanow and Zach DeBell got looks at left guard, but coach Will Friend obviously didn’t see what he hoped for with those guys.

“That’s part of it,” coach Mark Richt told reporters. “Pyke has been pretty solid at the right guard to this point. David obviously has been the center and done a good job. Kolton looks to be in the top five. Theus is in the top five. The question is going to be: Is Kublanow going to be the left guard and Theus left tackle or is Kolton going to go to left guard and Theus go to right (tackle), which puts Mark Beard at the left (tackle)? We’re just going to have to wait and see.”

Georgia was also having to go without Watts Dantzler (concussion), who figures to be in the mix when he’s well. But here’s another explanation for the jumble: It’s spring and the Bulldogs didn’t want Clemson to have any idea what they might look like when they meet in the season opener on Aug. 30 at Sanford Stadium.

3. Georgia has a little more time to work on it. The Bulldogs have two more practices this week complete their NCAA allotment of 15 spring practices. I’ll talk to defensive coaches after this afternoon practices, and Coach Richt and offensive coaches will be available following the last practice on Thursday.

4. Speaking of coaches, the Bulldogs about to launch their annual “UGA Days” speaking tour. Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox will be the featured speakers when the tour opens up in the first of 12 stops Wednesday evening at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. There will be two more stops next week on Tuesday at the Gainesville Civic Center and April 24 at the Northwest Trade and Convention Center in Dalton. As always, the tour will wrap up in mid-July at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Richt will subbed for twice on the tour, by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on May 14 in Tifton and by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on May 21 in Columbus. Registration for the banquet-style event is $30 on site or $20 on the UGA Days website.

5. On Wednesday, Fox’s basketball Bulldogs are expected to sign two recent commitments: Yante Maten, a 6-foot-7 forward from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Fred Iduwe, a 6-11 center from near Milwaukee.

All in all, it looks like a pretty good haul. The Bulldogs needed size and originally were going to sign just one recruit before John Cannon abruptly quit the team at the end of this past season. Georgia beat out Michigan State and some other Midwest basketball powers for Maten, a 3-star prospect.

AJC recruiting reporter Michael Carvell talked to Fox recently about his recruiting reputation and the Bulldogs’ problems landing some of the top prospects out of Atlanta. Fox told him he thinks Georgia has made “progress” in Atlanta and overall does a better job in that department than people think.

Capitalism at its finest.

Capitalism at its finest.

6. Didn’t take long for somebody to capitalize on Bubba Watson’s post-Masters victory celebration at the Waffle House on Sunday night. For $21.99, you can order a “Bubba Waffles: Masters of Golf” t-shirt from skreened.com.

Don’t look now, but there could be another golfing great come out of the Watson family. Check out THIS VIDEO of Bubba’s 2-year-old son Caleb, taken on Monday.

7. Watson, of course, played golf for Georgia from 2000-01. He was one of four Bulldogs in the Masters field this year. Russell Henley (2007-11) and Chris Kirk (2003-07) also made the cut, while Harris English (2007-11) came up two strokes short.

As for the current team, they’re pretty good, too. Coach Chris Haack’s Bulldogs moved up to No. 2 in the latest Golfweek rankings. They will compete this Saturday in the College Match-Play Championship at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course on April 19. Joining the Bulldogs in the competition are No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 24 Auburn and No. 25 Florida State. The matches are structured similar to those at the NCAA Championship in that the teams’ No. 5 players will face off, followed by the No. 4 players, No. 3 players and so on, with each individual match counting one point toward the team score.

8. Fresh off its third SEC series victory over Tennessee in Athens, the Georgia baseball team will begin an eight-game road trip at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night in Atlanta. After taking on the 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets (23-14), the Bulldogs (21-14-1, 7-7-1 SEC) will resume SEC play Friday at SEC Eastern Division-leading Florida (23-13, 9-6 SEC).
Georgia took two of three from the No. 23 Vols this past weekend, dropping the opener 5-3 on Thursday before bouncing back with 4-1 and 7-4 victories. The Bulldogs beat No. 14 Clemson earlier in the week.

9. The SEC dominance of Georgia’s men’s tennis team is fairly incredible. After an extremely slow start to the season, the Bulldogs (16-6, 11-1 SEC) clinched yet another regular-season SEC title outright with 4-0 win at Auburn.

Georgia has now won a league-leading 37 SEC championships, including 28 regular-season crowns. It is the 24th SEC title in 26 seasons for coach Manuel Diaz, who won his 600th career match on Friday against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. The Bulldogs have won now won four straight matches by 4-0 scores as they head to Nashville as the No. 1 seed for the SEC Tournament this weekend. They’ll face the winner 8-9 seeds Vanderbilt-Auburn in the quarterfinals on Friday.

10. This & that: Chad Kelly, one of three players competing to be Clemson’s starting quarterback, was dismissed from the team. The circumstances that led to his dismissal are quite strange. …  The 10-time national champion UGA gymnastics team will enter in the NCAA Championships in Birmingham on Friday as the No. 6 seed. The Gym Dogs will compete in the early session against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 LSU, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Illinois. The 8 p.m. second session includes No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State. The top three teams in each session will advance to Saturday’s “Super Six” finals. … Former UGA standout Courtney Kupets will be among six individuals who will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh.

 

229 comments
Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

48-51


Another box score kind of day for Boxscore. 


No victory, no championship, just statistics. 



Dawg350
Dawg350

Murray is on front of the ajc website! He has a hot girlfriend! You tech trolls are so jealous of him! Haha!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Murray completed 48 out of 54 passes! And 3 of the incompletions were drops! Murray is the best damn QB in the draft! Book it!

WDE
WDE

Best of luck to Mr.Murray !

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will finish 15-0 baby! UGA will the best team in CFB to ever walk out on those fields! Go dawgs sic em!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

It's bromance day in Greenville for 350, Maybe CMR will sign something for him.

Peachs
Peachs

Could you imagine Matt Ryan blowing anybody up in an interview?

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

Good luck Aaron! I hope you and all the other dogs have a good workout in front of the scouts.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Aaron is so hot. He is probably the best QB in UGA history but has played with some of the worst defenses and injuries.

POAD2013
POAD2013

What TV channel is airing Box Score's Pro day?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Pruitt will be the best DC in thae nation once again this year! Book it!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Murray will be styling and profiling today! Wooooooo! Get em dawgs!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i cant wait for murray to shut up all these haters here.  mark my words he will be a top 3 qb in the nfl within 3 years my prediction is that he sits behind manning in denver for 2 years and then takes over tom brady style.  i hope he comes out to some cool entrance music today that would be a smart way to set the tone and send a message that he is playing for keeps.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

It's awfully cold this morning. Boxsore may need to postpone unit it hit's 60 later this afternoon.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Pruitt and Rocker will have the D spitting nails by the end of fall camp. I can't remember when I have been more proud of a coach's comments from UGA. I believe Richt will become a better coach becauseof Pruitt. The haters want to grind on last season and it's woes for the Dawgs. They are going to be in for a heck of a surprise when they meet the defense in 2014. It is hard to imagine, but the Dawgs should have an unstoppable backfield, we know whatGurley brings, There is NO doubt that Nick Chubb is an equal to SC's Davis, and Michel is awesome as well. There will not be ANY dropoff at tailback at any time this season. Bobo threw the ball a lot for Mason's sake in the spring game, but he will run the crap out of the ball with all the tailback talent, and NOBODY in the country will be able to stop it. Haters are REALLY going to hate the mighty Bulldogs in 2014.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Shut up! A victory was won today that was Murray impressing the scouts and will be a first round pick! Halejullah!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Dawg350  

AlternativeDawg thinks HE'S hot. Not exactly something I'd want to put out on a blog.

AlternativeDawg 6 hours ago

Aaron is so hot. He is probably the best QB in UGA history but has played with some of the worst defenses and injuries.

Dawg350
Dawg350

How long you and slaw been married?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 They put that on TV?

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@Dawg350 Funny.....I thought mornings were very busy @ Waffle House. Yet, you have time to play on the computer. Get back to the grill 350.....you got some eggs to fry. I would love to meet you in person just to see if you look as stupid as you sound. That would be hard to do..........

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@MoistDawg Top 3 QB in the NFL.....I always suspected you were an idiot....now my suspicions have been confirmed. You and 350 need to get a room. What's that? You already have.....OK, never mind.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Don't hold your breath - top 3 QB in the NFL.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Murray played on a torn ACL....I think he can handle the cold....nice try though...but not good enough Yankee.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Great post Columbus dawg!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@ColumbusDawg You, 350, and ThomASS could probably get a group rate at Ridgeview Institute. Its obvious all 3 of you are mentally / criminally insane. You all may be covered on your Obozocare policies as well.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ColumbusDawg You are starting to sound more and more like 350, when CJP said he didnt see anybody who deserved an award he was being painfully honest. Did you watch the game? Now he is Coach of the year because he was not impressed by his players defensive performance.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Slaw

If you look as ugly as you sound then you should be looked up in prison for life for indecent cruelty on the human race. Now get back to chewing on some gent warts you disgusting incest meth head.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Slaw

Look who's talking mr VIP member at the bulldogs club in midtown Atlanta! Lmao!

dgroy
dgroy

@gtcaryd @MoistDawg A backup qb at best.  Will never be a starter in nfl, too many better ones in front of him.  You dawg fans need to start realizing you ain't that good and the players don't match up with other teams in SEC.  Murray  to go in second or even late in third round.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Locked....you f......azz hole.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@AlternativeDawg


You're serious, watching 95 SEC 300 lbs. defensive linemen run him down from behind and sack him, having 285 runs for only 1 yard per carry, unable to see over The SEC defensive linemen nor to be able to move to find a seam he could see over, fumbling 32 times and throwing 41 interceptions - all at the very worst moment possible in 17 losses in less than 4 years' time, with only 35 wins ?


Aaron Murray's slight build 6 feet three-eights an inch frame is pointed-out by EVERYONE but you AlternativeDawg, as his only real drawback.  Great guy, fantastic arm, makes all the throws, smartest guy on the team or certainly one of them.  Small.

BamabackerinMiddleGA
BamabackerinMiddleGA

Easy DawgNation......Having a little fun with y'all this morning.  It is great to be alive and living in Georgia enjoying some humorous banter.  I would like to be on a different blog but it would seem all the regulars are over here.  So forgive me for popping off.  I am just trolling for humor on this one.  Also, I hope AM does secure a job in the NFL as a backup and learns a good system.  I think he will develop into a darn good one.  But, if not he does have a very good degree to fall back on for a nice career.  HELLO all you NFL dreamers.....Get your degree AND play football, not the other way around.

BamabackerinMiddleGA
BamabackerinMiddleGA

@Delusionaldog

....and refuse to W-I-N or even play hard when the Sun also rises or the wind blows or when VANDERBILT's bus starts up for their gameday.

Vandy losing streak still brings a chuckle to me each time I think of it.