Posted: 1:56 pm Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Aaron Murray to get grilled by ESPN’s Gruden 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is set to get grilled about his football knowledge by ESPN’s Jon Gruden on his popular “Gruden’s QB Camp” show.

Murray and eight other of the top quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL draft are scheduled to participate including 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time BCS National Champion A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater.

Murray, who’s recovering from left knee surgery, met with teams at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine.

The other quarterbacks include Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo, and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch.

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is recovering from knee surgery and will take part in the off-the-field portions of the2014   NFL Scouting Combine.  (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is recovering from knee surgery and will take part in the off-the-field portions of the2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Over the past four years, Gruden has interrogated Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Russell Wilson. Of the 29 quarterbacks (from 27 different schools) who have participated in the one-on-one film sessions, 14 were regular starters during the 2013 NFL season.

Here’s a story on Murray from Indianapolis on his recovery and preparation for Georgia’s April 16 Pro Day.

The special on Manziel is scheduled to premiere Thursday, March 27 (7:30 p.m.ESPN), the same day the Aggies quarterback will participate in his individual Pro Day in College Station, Texas. Most of the shows will air on Tuesdays, beginning in late April at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Shows will also re-air on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. The entire show program schedule will be released in March.

Over his illustrious collegiate career, Murray became the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for more than 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. He passed for 3,075 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions and rushed for a career best 186 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Murray left Georgia as the SEC record-holder for career touchdown passes (121), passing yards (13,166), total offense (13,562) and completions (921).

He injured the knee in the second quarter of UGA’s 59-17 win over Kentucky on Nov. 23 on Senior Night. He had surgery the following Tuesday.

146 comments
Tougher
Tougher

…..BTW, I dont think Gruden will grill out Muarry so to speak….Aaron will be too prepared for that BS that Gruden will bring…..he may try to out grill Muarry by surprise shop talk that doesnt pertain…but that would be BS in my book…just saying.

Tougher
Tougher

But I do NOT has a 25 year Falcon season ticket holder want to waste a pick on Aaron Murray….Im sorry. I will come back and eat crow and i WILL BE Adamant about how I miss this situation.

Tougher
Tougher

I have never questions Aaron Murray's dedication to the game. He is constantly in the film room etc….is my understanding. I think he might be  intelligent enough to hang around the NFL a few years..I don 't know. He might "out think himself" at times with his play calling and that is what gets him in trouble.


But he doesnt have that it factor….he plays scared. i don't think he manages a game well….among the other things I have written about. I would take AJ Carron all day before Murray. Why? AJ is a winner. He has lead Alabama to at least 2 NCC I think. He manages a great game, decent arm, seems like smart kid and never made mistakes (many) in crucial times like Muarry did OMG…..AJ  reminds  me of a very young Tom Brady.

hfc95
hfc95

Murray will be a great pickup in the 4th or 5th round. Let him be a backup for a year and then he will become a solid QB. If I had to compare him to anyone he would remind me most of Alex Smith. I think he will be very intelligent of his diagnosis at the line and he is mobile enough to prolong plays or rush for 5+ yds when nothing is there. I think he'd fit best for a backup for NYG, PIT, SD, DAL, or GB.


As for any doubt of Murray's toughness watch the AUB game this past year when our D was getting tortured and he lead the team back from a big deficit in the 4th quarter and how he ran for a 1st down head on with a LB and then the TD on 4th down. He really answered any questions people had about him this season. He should be a solid starter in a year or two.

Tougher
Tougher

There is no comparison/correalation what so ever to the path of the NFL of Aaron Muarry and Drew Brees. The moxie, passion, along with the relentless attitude he has to succeed in the NFL and for the Saints he very impressive/inspiring. If the Falcons did not have Matt Ryan….I would love for Brees to be here…he has alot of things you cant coach UP.


Although I do respect Muarry for all of his achievements at UGA including graduating in 3 years…smart young man. Including, finally beating a top ten team….that everybody gave him grief about!


But he is soft….does not have the mental,physical attributes one needs to make it in the NFL….I just don't think he has the necessary vigor that is needed to be a QB in the NFL. I hope the falcon DO NOT waste a draft choice on him.

dawgs01
dawgs01

All you great retired qbs on here blasting Murray for being a horrible qb and just a stat qb before posting his win loss record against top 25 teams remember this.  His offense was one of the highest scoring offenses in UGA history.  His defense was one of the worst to ever be fielded at uga look at their stats while he was there since yall are blasting his stats.  Look at how historically bad the special teams were.  Couple horrible special teams with horrible defensive play and it is amazing Murray led UGA to 2 SEC championship games and was five yards away from playing Notre Dame in the National title.  If your gonna bash his stats put all the stats out there of the whole team and then ask yourself who really lost all those games.  he did play bad in some games and may have cost his team a couple of games.  He got absolutely no help from his defense or special teams.  how many times while Murray was at UGA did we say the defense won that game or the special teams won that game.  NONE!!!  Go look at David Green's record at UGA then look at the scores and you will say the Defense won almost all of those games.  There are so many 13-7 and 21-17 scores where the defense won the game.  Murray scores read like this.  31-28 loss to bama, 44-high30 or low 40 loss to Michigan state,38-35 loss to Clemson even the games they won 44-41 win against lsu.  I could go on and on.  Murray aint the best qb out there but those acting like he is garbage know absolutely nothing about football.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

Aaron Mary folds like a cheap tent when under pressure. Had he not had such a GIGANTIC ego against Kensucky last year and let Mason Hudosn into the game, he would not have injured his knee. Even if he gets drafted by a team he will be out of the league in a couple years.

RangeRover
RangeRover

Indeed I must say, DOL, I'm most disappointed in you.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Aaron Murray may have a good chance of playing on Sunday's if he is drafted by the right team.  Drew Brees was just a struggling journeyman QB in SD until Sean Payton brought him to the Saints and plugged him into his offense.  Murray needs the right offense to highlight his strengths.  Just as Payton's offense was tailor made to Brees skill set.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

From a public perspective Aaron Murray is a class act, and did most everything right at UGA.  I wish him a full recovery and hope he finds success at the next level.  He's a very good QB, and he may surprise a lot of folks!

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

It doesn't make a rat's azz what people on here think. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Dimitroff needs to trade Ryan for a 6th round pick for Clipboard. 


Throw in a 3rd rounder for Knowshon. 


Trade Julio  for AJ "Jersey" Green. 


Draft the future rights of THC. 


Hire Grantham and Bobo. 


GO FALCONS!

RX
RX

I hope they have a stool for the white board. 

Just tom fooling, I  think he will make a great pro.

DavidThead
DavidThead

I think Murray will do exemplary on the Wonderlick Test, which will guarantee him a draft spot.


kerryb
kerryb

Everyone will see in this show that Murray is probably the smartest QB in this draft and has the skills to play in the NFL. They keep bringing up the height issue but Drew Bree's and Russell Wilson has shown that it is no issue. Murray is every bit as tough and as accurate as Brees. All the talking heads talk about Manzeil who can't read a defense and runs around in circles for an hour until someone comes open. That won't happen as often in the NFL.

Hemmorid_Sufferer_2
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2

Anyone hear the new F1 engines? Turbo charged V6......not sure I can handle that. 

thebucket
thebucket

Murray was a DGD and total class act @ UGA. He deserves a shot at the NFL (which is more than most of us keyboard cowboys will ever get) and he will get an opportunity to prove whether or not he should stay. I am pulling for him!

bulldawg14
bulldawg14

@Tougher  Obviously, none of us know him personally, but from what I've gathered, Murray's one of the hardest working/toughest players Richt has ever coached. I don't have an exact quote but I'm pretty sure Richt has actually gone on record and said that. I'm not saying he'll be the next Drew Brees by any stretch, but I firmly believe if he doesn't succeed in the NFL, it won't be because he is "soft" or doesn't have the mental or physical attributes. As you already admitted, the kid is smart and he's got plenty arm to get the job done. Not the best arm, but definitely enough. 


The more simple-minded folks will try to bash him about how he can't "win the big ones". Let me ask you this, you stick AJ McCarron under center for UGA in place of Murray with UGA's God-awful defense and the consistently untimely special teams breakdowns from the past couple of years, does he do any better? Despite how much the talking heads on ESPN love to judge a QB based solely on win/loss record, it's only part of the equation. Football is a team sport. A QB can only do so much, and that's only on one side of the ball. Murray did what he could with what he had, which this year, was a defense full of underclassmen ran by Todd Grantham, along with an offense full of 3rd, 4th, and sometimes even 5th string RB's and WR's (If a QB is putting up 30-40 points with 3rd and 4th string skill positions, I'd say he's overachieving - unless he's at Bama where your 3rd and 4th stringers are still 5 star recruits). Not to mention Murray actually played a full series on that torn ACL. Soft? C'mon now.

4DaBirds
4DaBirds

@NCDawg  


To be a journeyman, you'd have to skip around from team to team never solidifying yourself as a long term starter. Brees has only been on 2 teams, and he performed well for both. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@NCDawg

Drew Brees struggled so badly in San Diego that he made the Pro Bowl in his 4th year in the NFL

bulldawg14
bulldawg14

@kerryb Look no further than the LSU-A&M game from this past year if you want to see what all that running around will do against an NFL caliber d-line. Manziel is fun to watch, but mark it down, he will learn very quickly that crap ain't going to work against the freaks of nature that are NFL defensive ends.

JSSN
JSSN

@kerryb  

Go look up Ryan Fitzpatrick's Wonderlic score and how well he broke down plays for teams before the draft! SMDH, Brett Favre is going in the Hall of Fame!

Have any of you people actually read Teddy Bridgewater's back story? SMDH, way too much homer like behavior going on this draft!

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@kerryb  You have no clue that he is 'probably" the smartest QB in the draft. None. 

DavidThead
DavidThead

@kerryb  I dont think Murray has the Arm Strength that Brees and Wilson have, but I believe he is intelligent. 

Dman
Dman

Murry folded in almost every big game he played in. I think the NFL will see that.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@thebucket  What was his total record vs. ranked teams? What was his Bowl record? How many titles did he win? How many NC's did he win?

JSSN
JSSN

@PaulinNH @NCDawg  

"Journeyman?" SMDH, AJ Smith was in a power struggle with Marty. Then Drew got hurt at the end of a contract year. Come on!!! Miami is still kicking themselves and that trainer too!

Tougher
Tougher

@DavidThead @kerryb  Dude their are so many intangibiles that Murray doesnt have comparible to Brees and Wilson……I mean seriously ? Arm strength ? That is just one out of 25 things needed to make the NFL…..Murray no doubt is a smart kid though.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@Delusionaldog @thebucket how many pts did his offense score. how many pts did his defense give up and how many times did his offense bail out the defense but his defense never bailed out the offense when they turned over the ball inside the opponents territory.  how many game did special teams cost them the game.  when david green and dj played at uga the defense would hold opponents to field goals and sometimes get turnovers or block the field goal.  facts are this Murray led one of Georgia's highest scoring offenses in the history of the university while the defense was one of the worst ever in the history of the school and you are trying to pin the losses on him.  they scored 28 on bama in the sec. the yr befor against lsu in the SEC champ game his receivers dropped two for sure touchdowns in the first quarter while special teams gave up 2 touchdowns.  people blame that on him too.

Hemmorid_Sufferer_2
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2

@MoistDawg  Also, there is no F1 blog on the AJC. This publication is still stuck in the 70's with it's lack of motorsports coverage. 

JSSN
JSSN

@thebucket @DavidThead @Delusionaldog  

Crazy college football fans, the ball was Murray's hands for the win at the end of the game. Power football is like that, mano y mano, and Georgia came up short.

thebucket
thebucket

@DavidThead @Delusionaldog@thebucket Exactly David! Murray played well enough to win against Bama in the 2012 SECCG, but the defense was horrible. I guess Murray was supposed to go out there and tackle Yeldon and Lacey.

JSSN
JSSN

@alvinmc

Is Tom O'Brien still the head coach in Raleigh? Did O'Brien not try to hand the NC State starting job to Glennon while still knowing that Wilson would be available the following Fall? He drummed Wilson out of his program because of his flirtations with baseball (that he signed off on)! He can continue not being a head coach, and sharpen up that résumé in Charlottesville as an underling for London. Oops, they might be looking for work again if they don't right ship too! Heck, he's turning into Al Groh!

JSSN
JSSN

@thebucket @Delusionaldog  

It is a "Straw man argument!"

Joe Flacco led a team thru a FCS playoff to a real "not pretend" National Championship game in his senior year. Wilson was a winner at NC State with a coach who was enamored with the "prototype" upside of Mike Glennon (he's unemployed now). Drew Brees took Purdue (a then Big 10 doormat) and lifted them to the Rose Bowl for the first time in more than 3 decades.  Aaron Rodgers and Cal were jobbed by the BCS. And ask Big Crimson 75 about Tom Brady and big games in college. Same as with Wilson, Lloyd Carr let the best QB go to waste in Ann Arbor, and he proved it in the Orange Bowl. Dig deeper next time. 

thebucket
thebucket

@JSSN @thebucket@Delusionaldog Actually my argument is appropriate in response to what TheBuckeye was trying to say about Murray. His argument against Murray was that he had not beat enough good teams or won any championships in college. What did Russell Wilson win in college? How about Joe Flacco? Drew Brees? Aaron Rodgers? Eli Manning? Tom Brady?

JSSN
JSSN

@thebucket @Delusionaldog  

"names of the last 5 QB's who led their team to a Super Bowl? What was their total record against ranked teams in college? What was their record in bowls? How many collegiate titles did they win?"

Goodness, that is the straw man argument to end all straw man arguments. Either you develop and cultivate professional QBs or you don't! Bobo hasn't. Cutcliffe on the other hand has 5 of his ex players on NFL rosters or practice squads. Some of them are hot messes (Ainge and Renfroe), but at least they pick up something besides a clipboard occasionally! The same can be said for Ted Telford now the OC in Tampa!

thebucket
thebucket

@Delusionaldog What are the names of the last 5 QB's who led their team to a Super Bowl? What was their total record against ranked teams in college? What was their record in bowls? How many collegiate titles did they win?