Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was a leading figure in the Bulldogs' 41-30 win against then-No. 6 South Carolina last weekend, gaining an ever-elusive victory in a big game.
In his fourth season as Georgia's starting quarterback, Murray enters this week's open date ranked 17th nationally in passing yards per game (316.0) after passing for 309 yards and four touchdowns against the Gamecocks – with two of those scoring passes going to star tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
Earlier this week, Murray discussed Gurley's abilities, throwing more to the tailbacks and the strides he and the Bulldogs have made between their season-opening loss to Clemson and the South Carolina win.
Q: The old cliché you hear is that a team makes its biggest strides from Week 1 to Week 2. How do you explain what you all did in that time?
A: Offensively, we didn't kill ourselves. You look back at Week 1, we still had 545 yards of offense, 35 points and played pretty well on offense. It's just that we had [nine] penalties -- 15-yard penalties, 10-yard penalties -- and two turnovers. We still made plays this week, just as many plays as we did last week, it's just that we weren't killing ourselves with penalties, and we weren't killing ourselves with turnovers. That was the biggest thing.
Q: What about you personally?
A: More accurate. Definitely in that area. But I just felt good. The offensive line gave me plenty of time and the receivers made some great plays.
Q: That game certainly ranks among your best wins. Do you feel that way? Can you even allow yourself to think that way?
A: No, I don't even. The game's over with. It's over. It's a learning tool. Go back and watch it and learn from it and move on and get ready for our next opponent.
Q: I'd think Todd Gurley makes your life a lot easier, too.
A: Oh yeah. Watching film on him, he's by far in my opinion -- anyone who watched him would probably agree with me -- the best player in the country. I don't think there's anyone like Todd.
A: Player. I would take him. If we were doing a fantasy draft, I would take him first pick above anyone else. There's no one like him out there.
Q: You talked during the offseason about getting him and Keith Marshall the ball through the air and both of them had touchdown catches against South Carolina. Obviously, that was a functional part of the offense on Saturday.
A: Oh yeah. We want to get those guys the ball any way we can. Both of them are tremendous out of the backfield. Everyone sees them as running, running, running, but I don't think either of them have dropped a pass ever. Great hands, knock on wood, but both of them have great hands and like I said, you get the ball in their hands anyway possible and let them be them.
Q: Once they're on the corner, it seems like it's not even fair.
A: Yeah, it's done. Especially Keith with his speed. You get Keith in the open field, and no one's catching him.