Murray and His Legs

Murray and His Legs

ATHENS - Ever since the preseason, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has talked about extending plays with his legs.

A career-long 57-yard run against Tennessee certainly qualifies.

Only nine quarterbacks nationally have a longer run this season and none in the SEC.

"All of a sudden I see him take off and he's kind of running for his life," tight end Arthur Lynch said. "At first, I started laughing and I was like, `I better go help him.' I don't know if they thought he was going to slide or what, but he split the D and I was like, `He might score.' When he switched the ball and went for the stiff arm, I was like, `If we win this game, this could be a little Heisman moment maybe,' but he didn't score. So he's going to have to do it again."

The quarterbacks with longer runs this season, according to information culled from cfbstats.com and team's official websites: Arkansas State's Fredi Knighten (79 yards), Wyoming's Brett Smith (74 yards), Oregon's Marcus Mariota (71), BYU's Taysom Hill (68), Maryland's C.J. Brown (64), Arizona's Javelle Allen (61), Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch (61), Washington's Cyler Miles (61) and Air Force's Karson Roberts (60).

Only Mariota and Brown also rank in the top 45 in the nation in passing efficiency.

Murray's 57-yard run wasn't a designed run, Murray and Lynch said.

Lynch thought he might get a pass directed his way on the play, but Murray said Tennessee matched up well in coverage, but left running room.

Murray thought he might score, but he was brought down by cornerback Justin Coleman

"I'm not as fast as that dude who was chasing me," Murray said. "I was just happy to get down to the 3-yard line and let the running backs take it the rest of the way."

Murray thinks the run Saturday was longer than any he had at Plant High in Tampa when he rushed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

Bennett will return this season, Gurley doubtful for Missouri

Wide receiver Michael Bennett is expected to return "at some point this season," Georgia said after he underwent surgery Tuesday in Athens for a torn meniscus.

Justin Scott-Wesley, another wideout, also underwent surgery at St. Mary's Hospital to repair meniscus damage in his right knee. He will have ACL reconstruction later and is out for the season as is tailback Keith Marshall, who will have ACL surgery sometime in the next three weeks.

Meanwhile, Georgia won't have star sophomore Todd Gurley in its backfield Saturday against Missouri unless he shows dramatic improvement from his sprained left ankle.

Coach Mark Richt called the tailback's status as "doubtful," but didn't quite rule him out.

"We'll see how he runs just straight ahead," Richt of today's practice. "Is he going to play in the game? He could. We're not counting him out, but we have to prepare as if he won't play."

Richt wants Gurley to return when he's able to run like he usually does.

"It's one thing to be able to run straight, and it's one thing to be able to change directions, but it's another thing to be able to run the way he runs the ball when you start getting two to three guys trying to knock you back and you're driving through people," Richt said. "You start adding all the resistance of that weight, and that becomes a problem, so we just want to make sure he's really healthy before coming back."

Murray working overtime with young receivers

Richt watched closely at the receivers on Tuesday during one drill when they tried to haul in passes with one-hand.

And with good reason.

Georgia is missing Scott-Wesley and Mitchell for the season with knee injuries, Bennett for an indefinite period and probably Jonathan Rumph this week as well with a strained hamstring.

Murray and what's left of the Georgia wide receivers are going overtime this week.

With redshirt freshman Blake Tibbs and walk-on Michael Erdman stepping up into the rotation, joining Chris Conley, Rantavious Wooten, Rhett McGowan and Reggie Davis, Murray is trying to get in synch with them in the passing game.

He said he worked after practice with the receivers on two or three routes on Monday and planned to do additional route work Tuesday evening.

"Those young guys, especially at the receiver position are going to have to work a little extra harder this week," Murray said. "We already started to get some extra time in yesterday working on some routes after practice. We're going to have to do that every day this week. Work before practice, during practice and after practice to make sure they're timing is on and they know what I'm looking for and I know what they're looking for."

Conley is teaching while also catching passes.

"It's learning on the fly because they're not only just learning it, but they're running it and having to execute it," Conley said.

This and that

Damon Evans took a job associated with college athletics earlier this year. Now, the former Georgia athletic director will weigh in on the top teams in college football each week.

Evans is among the 105 voters on the Harris Poll, which debuts this season on Sunday.

It's used, along with the USA Today coaches' poll and computer rankings to determine the two teams that play in the BCS national title game. The first BCS standings come out on Oct. 20.

The Harris poll voters include former coaches, players, administrators and media members. Evans, forced out as Georgia AD in July, 2010 after a DUI arrest, is now with IMG College, where he heads a division that works with schools on fundraising.

Inside linebacker Paris Bostick, a freshman who had foot surgery this summer, "is just trying to get his feet back running around," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "I don't see us using him right now with where we are."

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