Interesting, below-the-radar story from last week’s game:
Greene, who won 42 games as a starter from 2001-04 picked up on something that the average fan probably wouldn’t.
It was a 13-yard, third-down completion to Malcolm Mitchell on Georgia’s first scoring drive.
“He’s really doing a good job of making it look pretty easy,” Greene said. “It’s not.”
With a blitz coming from the right side, Murray hit Mitchell, who spun off a defender and got the first down.
“He throws a hot route on a line, hits him right in the numbers and hits him in midstride and he’s able to turn up field,” Greene said. “Little plays like that the average fan probably thought he was going there. He really wasn’t going to do it but he was hot and not only was he hot but he was able to execute the play and hit the guy midstride so that way he could turn it up field and get the first down.”
Bobo said Murray changed the protection, something Murray doubts he would have done before this season. Murray had suggested a different route concept for the play on the backside of the route during the week.
“I trust him completely and I said, ‘We’ll do it,”’ Bobo said.
If the NFL doesn’t work out, it sounds like somebody may have a future as an offensive coordinator.
In the meantime, his teammates and his coaches have a lot of faith in him. As the article notes, that drive in the last minute of the first half was huge and it’s hard to say how many other quarterbacks would have been given the opportunity by Richt to go for it there. They’ve certainly come a long way from the tentative game plan Murray was asked to execute two years ago in Columbia.