Quarterback Aaron Murray’s big day Saturday against LSU came in a game where he was well-protected.
“I thought our offensive line played awesome,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said of a group that surrendered six sacks in the first two games. “They gave him time. They got us into the right play.”
Coach Mark Richt said one of the biggest keys to the Bulldogs’ 44-41 win was how well the line blocked.
“From the very beginning, we ran the ball, we pass protected well,” Richt said. “We didn’t give up a sack. I think we had two very short tackles for loss against us. Murray had time. Murray could operate. If you give a quarterback like him time to drop back and scope it up and make those throws, we’re going to have success.”
Georgia is using a rotation that includes backups John Theus, Mark Beard and Watts Dantzler.
“When you sub then the coaches are communicating to everybody that they’re serious that guys are truly competing and that the more guys that play, obviously, there’s more opportunity to play well enough to earn more playing time,” Richt said.
Jones says Marshall `just as good’
If taolback Todd Gurley is a no-go Saturday due to his sprained left ankle, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said he doesn’t think there will be a drop-off at tailback for Georgia.
“Well, make no mistake about it, he’s a great player, but there’s no difference in their offense,” Jones said. [Keith] Marshall is just as good. …Coach Richt has been there a number of years. He’s been able to grow and develop that depth through the recruiting process. He’s done a great job with it. Building depth takes time.”
Richt wasn’t available to speak to reporters on Monday, but said on Atlanta’s 680 the Fan Monday morning that Gurley won’t practice or play “until the swelling goes down and he’s able to move effectively and safely.”
He was listed as out on Monday’s injury report.
Richt said Gurley’s “day to day because you just don’t know what the next day’s going to bring.”
Gurley has rushed for 450 yards and four touchdowns and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Marshall has run for 213 with a touchdown and averages 4.2 per carry.
He had 96 yards on a career-high 20 carries against LSU, but isn’t sure what his workload will be this week.
“You just work as hard as you can every day and get ready the best you can,” Marshall said. “You’ve got to prepare mentally and physically the same way I do every week.”
Lineman Johnson passes
Former Georgia offensive lineman Keith Johnson died Friday in Athens, according to the school.
Johnson was 49. The Tifton Gazette reported that he apparently died of a heart attack.
The Irwin County High product saw significant playing time on the 1982 SEC championship teams and Georgia’s starting center in 1983 when it went 10-1-1 and won the Cotton Bowl.
He was matched up with William “Refrigerator” Perry of Clemson in 1984 when he started several games, but sprained his hip during the season and redshirted in 1985 and finished his career as a backup in 1986.
Murray, Morgan get SEC honors
A week after special teams breakdowns were a major cause of concern for Georgia, a Bulldog was named the SEC special teams player of the week.
Kicker Marshall Morgan who made all three of his field goal tries, including a career-long 55-yard kick got the nod while Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was named SEC offensive player of the week for the second time this season.
Murray completed 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a touchdown in Georgia’s 44-41 win over then No. 6 LSU on Saturday.
The senior also was named SEC offensive player of the week after a win over a top-10 South Carolina in week two. He’s been tabbed for the honor four times in his career.
Murray also was named as the Davey O’Brien quarterback of the week.
Morgan, who was suspended for the first two games of the season after a boating under the influence arrest, accounted for 14 points against LSU. He was 5 of 5 on extra points.
This and that
Georgia’s home football game on Oct. 12 against Missouri will kickoff at noon and be shown nationally on ESPN, the SEC announced.
Georgia receiver Jonathon Rumph (hamstring) was limited in practice Monday. Linebacker James Deloach (concussion) remains out.
Tennessee backup tailback Marlin Lane is “day to day” with a lower extremity injury, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. Lane has rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
Georgia was named Monday as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national team of the week.