November 4, 2010

Murray says he'll learn from mistakes

Quarterback Aaron Murray doesn't need anyone to tell him that he didn't play his best game in last Saturday's 34-31 overtime loss to Florida.

He knows it better than anyone.

It was Murray's interception in the overtime period that enabled the Gators to squeak out the three-point win, one of three picks and a lost fumble that helped lead to the Bulldogs' demise.

So, although he threw for a career-best 313 yards and three touchdowns, Murray's litany of mistakes obviously overshadowed what success he did have.

But apparently, Murray is trying to turn the negatives into a positive.

"Obviously it was a big disappointment, anytime you lose. When you feel personally that you might not have played your best, you're disappointed," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "He's like he was always, he was in here early on Sunday morning and back in here Sunday night watching film and Monday morning he was here watching it again and I was like 'What are you doing? It's time to move on to the next game and he was like I've got to learn from my mistakes.' That's the kind of kid he is. He's going to learn from it, he's going to grow from it and he's going to continue to get better."

Murray admits it hasn't been easy putting last week's loss behind him.

Playing against his homestate Gators for the first time, the Tampa native misfired on his first five attempts before hooking up with Tavarres King on a 63-yard score only to have his third interception ruin whatever chances the Bulldogs had.

"There was a lot of emotion, we put a lot of time into that game. Everybody was pumped up; we were on a three-game winning streak and had a chance to win what would have been an unbelievable victory but we lost and it was hard on the team and it was definitely hard on me," Murray said. "I was really beating myself up. But I've watched the film, I've learned from it and now I'm getting ready for Idaho State."

Bobo said he talked with Murray about trying to accentuate the positives from his performance, reminding him that the Bulldogs would never have battled back from a 21-7 deficit to twice tie the game.

"Like I said after the game, you're not going to hit every pass, you're not going to be perfect every time and sometimes in a big game of that magnitude one throw might determine the outcome," Bobo said. "But the bottom line is you've got keep playing ball and that's what he did, battling to put us in position to win the game. We just didn't finish."

Saturday wasn't the first time Murray had ever thrown for three interceptions in a game.

As a high school junior, the quarterback was picked off three times by Florida prep powerhouse Armwood.

Against Florida, Murray was picked off on the first play of the game when - by his own admission - he didn't get the ball out quick enough on a hitch route to A.J. Green, while his second interception glanced off the hands of tight end Aron White on a ball the quarterback said was a touch too high.

He also took the blame on his interception in overtime which Murray said happened because he rushed his throw.

But it was his fumble when he failed to protect the football following a sack that Murray said bothered him as much as anything.

"I didn't protect the football and that's something Coach (Mark) Richt talks about all the time, not turning a bad play into a catastrophe," Murray said. "I should have just taken the sack and go on to the next play. I've got to realize I can't always spin out and make something happen. I've got to be smart and wrap up the football. I won't make that mistake again."

NOTE: Richt announced that linebacker Richard Samuel will indeed redshirt due to a bad knee that has troubled him throughout the season. He will be ready for spring practice.

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