I read this…
Already without Malcolm Mitchell, who tore his ACL in the opener against Clemson, Murray lost two more key wideouts, Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett, last week against Tennessee. Tailback Keith Marshall also went down with a season-ending knee injury last Saturday, joining fellow star tailback Todd Gurley on the sidelines as the Bulldogs’ high-scoring offense started to sputter without so many key pieces.
“I would say it affected not only the offense, but the team,” fullback Quayvon Hicks said. “It was players that are not only playmakers on the field, but great teammates. Losing them and knowing that they’re not going to be out there, it’s something that you’ve got to just suck it up and keep going.”
Murray and No. 7 Georgia (4-1, 3-0) barely salvaged the game, forcing overtime with a last-minute touchdown and winning 34-31 with a field goal in the extra session. The lone constant in Georgia’s lineup over the last three-plus seasons, Murray’s experience adjusting to the personnel around him might have been the difference in the outcome.
“You never really can truly practice everything that might happen in a game,” Bobo said. “So I think it’s been a lot of experience for Aaron, obviously, to have to go through that and the game plan altered in the middle of a game. And then obviously myself with calling plays. You’ve just got to adjust. That’s football, and I think anytime you’ve got experience to draw back from instead of maybe something that you practiced, it’s always beneficial.”
… and can’t help but wonder how would Hutson Mason have done if he’d have been thrust into that situation?
Consider, too, that Mason hasn’t taken a single snap in a game this season and that it’s starting to look a little iffy about when he might get a chance to do so, other than against (I hope) Appalachian State. That’s going to leave Bobo with an interesting situation going into next season’s opener against Clemson. I think they’ll be up to the challenge, new quarterback notwithstanding, but it sure would be nice if nobody on offense were facing health issues then.