Tennessee has high praise for Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) drops back top pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) drops back top pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Derek Dooley on facing Georgia

Scheduled to do battle between the hedges at No. 5 Georgia this weekend, the Tennessee defense knows what’s coming.

“(Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray) can make all the throws,” UT senior cornerback Prentiss Waggner said following practice Monday. “He’s a quarterback that thrives off timing, so he’s the guy that can make that throw when the receiver isn’t even in his break yet.”

He’s also 2-0 against UT.

Steered by Murray, Georgia’s balanced pro-style offense is averaging 530 yards and 47.5 points per game in its 4-0 start. The passing game is responsible for 287.5 yards. The running game takes care of the other 242.5.

If the Vols are to stay eye-level with the Bulldogs on Saturday, they’d be wise to take cautionary steps out of the locker room after halftime. Murray has blistered opponents in the third quarter, completing 29 of 42 passes for 492 yards and five touchdowns.

“You can just see him triggering the ball a lot quicker than he ever has,” UT coach Derek Dooley said of the three-year starter. “He’s a lot more accurate than he has been.”

In 2012, Murray has been nearly unstoppable on first down and when driving Georgia out of its own territory.

He’s completed 79.6 percent of his first-down passes and averages 14.5 yards per toss.

On downs played between his own 1 and his own 39-yard line, Murray is 29-for-34 for 616 yards, an 18.1 yard average.

What’s especially disconcerting to UT fans is that Murray is merely half the attack. Georgia boasts the SEC’s leading rusher in freshman tailback Todd Gurley (101.5 ypg).

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Growing up in Gainesville, Ga., as a Bulldog fan, A.J. Johnson long anticipated recruiting calls from Georgia.

The phone didn’t ring.

“They didn’t really recruit me that much in high school,” the UT linebacker said Monday.

Johnson, a sophomore, leads the Vols with 31 tackles. He smiled when asked if he’ll be looking to show UGA coach Mark Richt what he missed in his own front yard.

“That’s what I’ll be saying in the back of my head, but I’m just going to go out and play hard like I do every other game,” he said.

Against Georgia last season, Johnson posted four tackles before racking up 36 in UT’s next three games against LSU, Alabama and South Carolina.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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OrangePsyched writes:

I'm hoping Peterman will be a bit of a Murray clone. I like all our QB's plus our recruit out of N.C.. I know everyone says redshirt but I would like to Peterman incorporated into some kind of option package with his mobility. I think it could improve some of our short yardage problems and he could fake the dive and keep the ball with option to pass. As Bowden said there are upsets every week..maybe this is our week.

voloffaith writes:

Bray is more Chaney style qb. Worley/Peterman/Ferguson are Coach Dooley'd qb. He knows one dimensional qb is easier for opponents def coord to prepare for thus the widcat throw-ins. King actually might be able to throw it so wildcat doesn't become one dimensional the other way. The option makes it a lil harder to defend vs just snap to AJ and run for all you can get...Murray is smart and a good fit for Coach Richt's style of play.

BeRealistic writes:

Johnson will need help from his teammates to stop GA's running & passing attack. Early line GA -14, they will try to pull this to stay #5.

TheVolSnake writes:

Get them A.J.

Go Vols

vol98champ writes:

I would almost consider it a moral victory if we were to convert a 3rd and 1 had a running back break a couple of tackles.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Murray is a great qb. It is the responsibility of the Vol offense to stop or disrupt him. If they don't it will be lights out unless the Offense can keep the ball away from him(yeah right)! The Volunteers just have to go give it their best.

6972 writes:

Murray didn't get them to number 5 by himself. Vols have 21 others to deal with also. Best of luck guys. Try to kick some butts and make us proud.

voloffaith writes:

in response to 6972:

Murray didn't get them to number 5 by himself. Vols have 21 others to deal with also. Best of luck guys. Try to kick some butts and make us proud.

You realize we kick some body in the buttocks we will get a PERSONAL foul everytime? Late nyt poor attempt.....sorry Forrest...

ooltewahorange writes:

We could set Murry up for Hiesman watch after sat. I still believe though, with a win were in contention for the east!

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to ooltewahorange:

We could set Murry up for Hiesman watch after sat. I still believe though, with a win were in contention for the east!

CAN'T WIN WITH EM!CANT SCHEME WITH EM! CANT PLAY WITH EM1 CANT ADJUST WIT EM! CANT DO IT OUR STAFF

smokeygrowl writes:

ORANGE PANTS YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOST IN THE SEC GOOD OL ORANGE PANTS ORANGE PANT DOOOOLEY

smokeygrowl writes:

HOPE MIGHT TRY MAYBE

jobrando#216494 writes:

Interesting they dont use Worley or Peterman in the wildcat

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Get them A.J.

Go Vols

Murray is a big threat to run....so AJ needs to lay the wood to him once or twice to get his attention. Sure wish Bray was a run threat...even is short yardage situations.

Vols 27 (Brodus nails a 49 yarder at the buzzer)
Pups 24

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to smokeygrowl:

HOPE MIGHT TRY MAYBE

this just in.....young boy too stupid to work CAPS lock button on keyborad....film at 11:00.

LADAWG writes:

Steady diet of Gurley, Marshall, Malcome, and Murray...Prediction......Pain for TN

CCLC writes:

in response to LADAWG:

Steady diet of Gurley, Marshall, Malcome, and Murray...Prediction......Pain for TN

that will do it.

lstbodeanvol writes:

NOTICE THE PHOTO BOTH LINEMAN ARE HOLDING THEIR FLORIDA ATLANTIC FRIENDS....NO WONDER MURRAY HAS SO MUCH TIME.....GO VOLS

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