Pretty good Pat Forde piece on Aaron Murray – yeah, he’s still affected by the SECCG outcome. Who wouldn’t be? But it’s hard not to be impressed by this:
Toward that end, Murray has been immersed in a remarkable leadership program of his own creation with the help of two Georgia psychology professors.
While completing work on his undergraduate degree in industrial-organizational psychology, Murray devised a goals program that basically has overseen Georgia’s summer workout regimen the past two years. Murray worked with professors Brian Hoffman and Karl Kuhnert on a project that began with the quarterback watching mic’d NFL QBs on film, and evaluating their leadership behaviors. From there, Murray solicited leadership feedback from his teammates and coaches through a survey.
(The biggest takeaway from it: Murray needed to be less nice and more demanding of his peers.)
That led to the implementation of the goals program. Murray identified 15 other team leaders, and put them in charge of player groups during offseason conditioning – which position coaches cannot be part of. But the overall leader was Murray himself.
“Aaron was responsible for administering and running the program with his teammates,” professor Hoffman wrote in an email. “He gave a speech to sell the goals program, a tutorial with other team leaders on how to set effective goals, selected the team leaders and assigned teammates to groups, and kept meticulous records of player goals and player daily attendance at the optional workouts.
“Last year I was much more heavily involved in setting up the program, discussing issues with Aaron, and maintaining oversight. This year, I have been less involved, as the program is up and running and Aaron has a handle on things. I worked with Aaron to set his leadership goal for the year, and then have been getting updates on the progress of the program from Aaron.”
When he’s done with quarterbacking, I’ll be surprised if Murray doesn’t pursue a coaching career. And succeed with it.