One reason for Aaron Murray to think about coming back…

is that LSU’s defensive line basically isn’t.

I predict John Chavis will not look quite as smart next season.

That’s a lot of talent there.


UPDATE:  I don’t know if I should take credit for this, but…

Georgia’s offense has a chance to be un-frickin’-believable next season.  I can’t wait to see it.


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109 responses to “One reason for Aaron Murray to think about coming back…

  1. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Is it just me, or do I see as many as 8 potential losses for LSU next year? I’m not saying they’ll lose 8, just 8 real possibilities. And if they do fall off the cliff next season, most of the damage will be suffered at home. Could be an interesting season in the place where “dreams go to die.”

  2. rugbydawg79

    I like LSU I hope their only loss is to UGA-but of course I have a French last name !

    • Cojones

      I’ll be danged! “Seventy nine” is French. The whole of my life I thought it was “Sixty Nine”.

      • Cojones

        Uh…”Seventy-Nine”, “Sixty-Nine”……..What-the-hell, it’s French.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          No, no, no. “Dawg” is french–the “g” is silent. 79 is his old rugby number.

        • Rugbydawg79

          Oui mr Cojones and to the mayor my Rugby #was 2- LAURIAULT

          • Rugbydawg79

            79 was the year I finally graduated

            • AthensHomerDawg

              I played rugby…. one season…. ouch. No really….. OUCH> Drank a lot of beer at TK Hartys. You could drink per the cover on the deck until you had to go pee. I once played chess with John Mooney. I lost. That was probably for the best. Of course Tuesdays it was Allens. My Father came and visited me after receiving my grades and was “none too pleased”. Which was what Mom called to warn me about. My Dad never lost a fight in his life and I was over matched. I blame my fellow rugby players for taking me down that road. 😉

              • Chopdawg

                TK’s…and the B & L Warehouse, Wall Street West, and of course the famous Cheech & Chong concert.

                • Raven

                  And the Rugby Ball, always a fine affair!

                  • Russ

                    I lived in the Village Apts and one time there was a party at the clubhouse. Being cheap college students, we went to crash it. Turns out, it was the women’s rugby team. We decided free beer wasn’t worth that.

              • rugbydawg79

                +1 unfortunately for me I continued to play for many years after UGA had a lot of fun but I do feel it now🙂

          • Cojones

            “Oh, the Humanity!” in these confessions. It brings such good college memories that my liver groans.

            College mates that I knew had a lot of you guys in them. Good go, AHD.

          • Cojones

            And you are a good sport, Rugbydawg79.

  3. Jax

    Sounds like our D.

  4. PatinDC

    Where do you think Tyler Bray ranks in the draft? Would he be drafted ahead of Murrary?

    • Dawgfan Will

      Only by someone who hasn’t actually watched them play. Murray can be inconsistent at times and has gotten a little too amped for some big games, but Bray makes bone-headed decisions on a regular basis. And that’s just ON the field.

      • AthensHomerDawg

        Wonder if Bray’s agent tries to hook him up with a Miller Light commercial.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Throwing bottles into a trash can from a balcony.

          • Cojones

            Nah. Through car windshields made of ice to get that Hollywood shatter affect. Or the Tenn apt housing parking area car windshield shatter affect; take your choice.

  5. Puffdawg

    2013 meme presiction: UGA is so lucky with the weak schedule they have next season. LSU and Clemson losing all those juniors, a Florida team that lost to Louisville, USCe without Lattimore, and a 1-AA team (GT).

  6. AFD

    If they leave, then LSU will only return 3 (instead of 9) defensive starters.

    NFL Early Entries (2013 NFL Draft):

    *DT Bennie Logan – played in all 13 games, started 12 of them; made 45 tackles (15 unassisted, 30 assisted), 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks, forced 1 fumble
    *DE Barkevious Mingo (2011 & 2012 2nd Team All SEC) – started 10 of 13 games; made 38 tackles (21 unassisted, 17 assisted), 8.5 TFL, 4 sacks
    *LB Kevin Minter (2012 1st Team All SEC) – started all 13 games; made 130 tackles (55 unassisted, 75 assisted), 15 TFL, 4 sacks, forced 1 fumble
    *DE Sam Montgomery (2011 & 2012 First Team All SEC) – started 10 of 13 games played; made 37 tackles (18 unassisted, 19 assisted), 13 TFL, 8 sacks, forced 2 fumbles
    *S Eric Reid (2012 1st Team All SEC) – started all 13 games; made 91 tackles (42 unassisted, 49 assisted), 1 TFL
    *CB Tharold Simon – started all 13 games; made 45 tackles (35 unassisted, 10 assisted), forced 1 fumble

    Additional attrition from LSU’s defense (exhausted eligiblity):

    DT Chancey Aghayere – played in 11 games w/ 1 start; made 8 tackles (3 unassisted, 5 assisted), 1 sack
    *DE Chase Clement – started all 13 games; made 1 tackle
    *DT Josh Downs – started 10 of 13 games; made 19 tackles (6 unassisted, 13 assisted), 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks
    S Rockey Duplessis – played in 7 games
    DE Lavar Edwards – played in all 13 games w/ 6 starts; made 26 tackles (14 unassisted, 12 assisted), 7 TFL, 4.5 sacks


    Returning Defensive Players (x27, including 3 starters [9 if the aforementioned juniors returned]) and their stats from this past season:

    LB Kwon Alexander (Fr) – played in 7 games, started 2 (broke ankle in game vs. Florida on 6 Oct 12); made 12 tackles (8 unassisted, 4 assisted), 1 TFL
    *LB Lamin Barrow (Jr) – started all 13 games; made 104 tackles (52 unassisted, 52 assisted), 7.5 TFL
    CB Jalen Collins (RS Frosh) – played in all 13 games, started 1 of them; made 30 tackles (15 unassisted, 15 assisted)
    DT Chris Davenport (Jr) – played in 11 games
    S Micah Eugene (RS Frosh) – played in all 13 games; made 29 tackles (19 unassisted, 10 assisted), 3.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks
    LB Ronnie Feist (Frosh) – played in 5 games; made 3 tackles (1 unassisted, 2 assisted)
    DT Ego Ferguson (Soph) – played in all 13 games; made 14 tackles (3 unassisted, 11 assisted)
    LB Trey Granier (Frosh) – did not play in 2012
    CB Kavahra Holmes (Frosh) – did not play in 2012
    DE Danielle Hunter (Frosh) – played in 12 games; made 12 tackles (3 unassisted, 9 assisted)
    DT Anthony Johnson (Soph) – played in 13 games, started 3 of them; made 30 tackles (11 unassisted, 19 assisted), 10 TFL, 3 sacks
    DT Mickey Johnson (Frosh) – played in 1 game; assisted on 1 tackle
    LB Deion Jones (Frosh) – played in all 13 games; made 23 tackles (8 unassisted, 15 assisted), 3 TFL
    LB Tahj Jones (Junior) – played in the bowl game (was academically ineligble for regular season); made 4 tackles (1 unassisted, 3 assisted), 1.5 TFL, 1 sack, forced 1 fumble
    *S Craig Loston (Jr) – started 12 of 12 games played; made 55 tackles, 3 TFL
    LB Lamar Louis (Frosh) – played in 11 games, started 5 of them; made 13 tackles (5 unassisted, 8 assisted)
    DE Justin Maclin (RS Soph) – played in 2 games
    S Ronald Martin (Soph) – played in all 13 games, started 1 of them; made 35 tackles (18 unassisted, 17 assisted), 1 TFL, forced 1 fumble
    *CB Jalen Mills (Frosh) – started all 13 games; made 57 tackles (38 unassisted, 19 assisted)
    LB Luke Muncie (Jr) – played in 9 games, started 4 of them; made 11 tackles (6 unassisted, 5 assisted)
    LB Lorenzo Phillips (Frosh) – played in 4 games; made 1 tackle
    DE Jermauria Rasco (Soph) – played in all 13 games; made 10 tackles (2 unassisted, 8 assisted), 2 TFL, forced 1 fumble
    CB Derrick Raymond (Frosh) – did not play in 2012
    S Jerquinick Sandolph (Frosh) – played in 9 games; made 5 tackles (1 unassisted, 4 assisted)
    CB Dwanye Thomas (Frosh) – played in 3 games
    DT Quentin Thomas (RS Frosh) – played in 3 games; assisted on 1 tackle
    S Corey Thompson (Frosh) – played in all 13 games; made 11 tackles (5 unassisted, 6 assisted)

    • AthensHomerDawg

      h/t for the effort

    • Cojones

      Great effort!

      Although Tadj Jones played only in the bowl game, he was effective enough to develop into a force on a young D. Mills, Loston Jr.- Jr.Barrow will occupy key positions. That leaves (DT) Johnson, (CB) Collins and (S) Micah to round out possible starters. That incoming class will get a chance to put some kids on a 2013 team. By my count, that leaves about 15 spots open for a 1st/2nd team Div-1 D. Could half of their D end up Fr.?

      Ho Lee! Where are you when we need you?

  7. Rebar

    that’s alright, LSU still has Les!

  8. IWanaBDaveGrohl

    Senator, unrelated question: Are you gonna post your review of the bowl game at any point?

  9. Lrgk9

    One reason imo – with the sudden NFL penchant for running QBs, Murray should come back and work on that Zone Read.

  10. I can give you one reason he shouldn’t come back. Jadaveon Clowney still isn’t draft eligible. 😦

  11. Debby Balcer

    He just tweeted he is coming back and going for a championship.

  12. Gshock

    Murray is coming back according to his twitter

  13. Russ

    Great news for the 2013 Dawgs! Let’s get Aaron the championship!

  14. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Good for him. If Grantham can put together some run defense to give Murray some extra TOP, it will be a season for the ages.

  15. I’m happy he is coming back. Don’t want to be a downer, but the hype surrounding the offense is going to disappoint a lot of people next year if they think it will be much better than this year. You don’t lead the nation on ypp and passer rating two years in a row very easily. Our schedule gets harder and teams now have a year to adjust to our new spread formations and personnel. We will be good, but anyone who thinks we will destroy this years numbers is going to be wrong

    • Rick

      Agreed – not to mention that the last 10 years have taught me to basically invert pre-season expectations for the O-line. I look forward to a solid Offensive season with the greatest QB in UGA history, but if we can’t put together a D at least as good as this years (a tall order given the attrition) we will not be winning any championships.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Well I Hope it can get a lot better!
      “Remember Spence, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

    • Hackerdog

      I agree it will be hard to improve on this year’s numbers. But, I think it’s possible. The greatest benefit is that we won’t have to wait for the line and receivers to gel.

      Murray and Gurshall were good from the outset this year. But some of the linemen and receivers down the depth chart took several games to develop. We could hit the ground next year vs. Clemson and USC running on all cylinders.

    • WF dawg

      It can stay just as productive as it was this year, and I’d be pleased.

    • Uglydawg

      Even if it’s tougher, even if the numbers don’t repeat, this offense has got to be better with Murray, bringing Mason along, than with Mason getting thrown right into the fray against the tough, early schedule. This is a blessing, count it as one or you’ll be counted as a negitive minded goof.

      • Cojones

        Sounds good. We have (unfortunately) affixed Hutson with this iconic label as a great or good QB based upon his coming into his first game and throwing a TD on his first pass as a Bulldog. That got into our psyche so much that we engaged in “player puffery” concerning his abilities. We need to pay more attention to his gradeout in a game where he executes a lot of plays. We don’t have any idea what he will do on a regular every-game basis while we know what Aaron will do (excellent) most of the time.

        We know that Murray takes the team on his back as soon as we are scored upon, but we have a pair of dice only for other QBs performing in the same milieu. It is a priceless gift to us fans that Aaron will be around to help newcomers and oldcomers to a year of fine QBing next year. That places 3 additional years of team influence when he can be the QB and the mentor (as best QB in the nation) for all other UGA QBs. Sabans extra consultants and hidden hires can’t even approximate that leg-up! Another goody on Aaron’s staying is the patience we are afforded to the rebuilding of our D in support of the high-flying O that has been constructed for us by Richt and Bobo.

        All Hail Georgia! All Hail Richt! All Hail Bobo!

  16. Skeptic Dawg

    I was looking forward to Hutson Mason lighting up the SEC next year!

  17. gastr1

    W O W

    –Uncle Verne

  18. Tronan

    I’ve been critical about Murray’s tendency to throw real headscratchers straight to opposing defenders and taking too long to get rid of the ball in the pocket (though he did get much better in both respects in the second half of this season), but am happy he’s coming back. All in all, he’s a very good college QB, and I think one more year (hopefully) perfecting his decision-making will benefit him as he prepares for the next level.

    Our O is going to be something to behold this coming season.

  19. To cut straight to the chase, next year will look like the Willie Martinez years ….we’re just going to have to outscore people to win,but we’re in the SEC and we all know defense wins championships….sorry I think i caught something from skeptic dawg . It’s great news regardless.

    • Biggus Rickus

      So it will differ from this year how, exactly? Despite all the NFL talent, the defense was average. I doubt it will be a lot worse next year.

      • Biggus Dickus

        I’m with you, bro. The back-ups aren’t bad and a lot of them have playing experience. Look what Bama did this year when most of their defensive starters left after 2011.

    • sniffer

      There is an exception to the rule that defense wins championships. Auburn won a BCS NC with the 64-65th ranked defense in’10.

      Not trolling, just saying it can be done.

      • Sprinkle in some luck and it can be done. I’m not in agreement that the d ‘can’t be worse’ than this year. It can be. Especially if we can’t figure out how to stop the power run (or any run up the middle for that matter).

  20. HVL Dawg

    Aaron Murray will be remembered at UGA for 50 years. His legacy will be long lasting.

    These are the golden years.

  21. UGA76

    One reason for Aaron Murray to think about NOT coming back… is he can’t win a big game. And Andy Landers pisses me off yet again. We have a better team this year and we lose again to them. I’m so sick of this mediocre Lady Bulldogs team and the coaching it makes me sick. And while I’m bitching I’m sick of hearing about the murderer Ray Lewis and how great he is. Go back and look at the Murder trail in 2000 and look at the transcripts and reports from the trail. He shot and killed that person. He got off after killing someone

  22. UGA76

    Oh btw the movie Brian’s Song is on NBCSP. The friendship between Chicago Bears teammates Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. I get tears everytime I see it. Great movie.

  23. DawgPhan

    some of you must be really pleasant to be around on a daily basis. Murray coming back is good news..maybe the best news we get for at least a month.

    The best offense in UGA history is returning everyone.

  24. As one who was convinced that Murray wouldn’t come back, let me say that I have never been happier to eat my words! Thanks Murray! …now pass the salt

  25. NC Dawg

    I’m glad he’s coming back. Hope we can keep our redshirt soph backup happy for another year, though.

    • Uglydawg

      He will play plenty, wheather AM is there or not. It’s the perfect set-up for breaking in what should be a very capable replacement for Murray. Look for Bobo to ease him into the games, a little, then a lot, and eventually
      give him a start. AM understands this…he may be looking down the road to an eventual coaching job (if his stint in the NFL is short) and 2013 will make a huge statement to that effect. I’m just as happy as an antelope with night vision goggles right now.

      • Russ

        Well, I can see Mason playing more, but I hope we don’t see him start. I think that would mean Murray is hurt and can’t play. Nothing against Mason. I think he’ll do well when he finally gets the ball. After all, his first collegiate pass was a TD. 🙂

      • DawgPhan

        lulz…you really think that Murray is not starting a game if he is healthy?

      • Vinny76

        This is ‘ tarded

  26. Slaw Dawg

    I wonder how much the old fashioned virtues of loyalty and honor matter to NFL scouts? Well, it didn’t hurt Peyton Manning or Bacarri Rambo to stick around another year–Kwame Geathers, please take note!