Georgia Football: QB Aaron Murray Clearly Acting the Part of a Leader

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMarch 21, 2013

Georgia QB Aaron Murray
Georgia QB Aaron MurrayMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

In the days and weeks following Georgia's heartbreaking 32-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray dwelled on what might have been.

Orchestrating a frantic two-minute drive to get his team on the doorstep of the BCS National Championship Game—only to come up five yards short—caused multiple sleepless nights for the rising senior signal-caller, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Murray told the ESPN crew at the Sugar Bowl that he received a "second or third-round grade" from NFL scouts, but eventually decided to return to Georgia for his senior season for a shot at the SEC Championship and, potentially, the Heisman Trophy.

By all accounts, he's acting like a leader this offseason.

What did Murray do during spring break?

Join the thousands of other spring breakers on the beach along the Florida panhandle? Hit the slopes in Colorado?

Nope. He spent last week with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield, Jr., in Norman, Okla. working on his game, according to

Among the things the two worked on was Murray's mechanics. Specifically, the fact that he wasn't driving through with his left elbow. To help Murray, Whitfield had the Tampa, Fla. native throw from his knees in order to force his upper body to do all the work.

That's good news for the Bulldogs.

Murray clearly is driven by coming so close to the promised land at the end of last season, and is making every effort—even during what's supposed to be down time—to get his team through that glass ceiling.

The Bulldogs have essentially their entire offensive line coming back, two stud running backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, and a wide receiving corps that lost Tavarres King but will get a full season from Malcolm Mitchell.

Can Murray make a run at the SEC title, BCS title and the Heisman Trophy? That remains to be seen.

He's certainly doing all the right things to ensure that all three of those get marked off the checklist.