Georgia Football: Aaron Murray Is Still the Head Dawg at QB for the 2011 Season

Brian JonesContributor IMarch 4, 2011

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after tossing a touchdown pass against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Before the 2010 season began, many fans questioned who was going to be the starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs. And when Aaron Murray was announced the started, a lot there were still questions of effective a freshman was going to be.

Murray silenced those critics with a solid rookie season, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.

So there are no questions about Murray’s ability to lead the Bulldogs to victories for the next couple of years. Now the question is who will step up if for some reason Murray is not available at any given point of the season?

Murray’s backup last year was Hutson Mason who was a true freshman. Though not the same type of quarterback as Murray, Mason is a gunslinger and was effective when he got a chance to play.

Mason played in four games and completed nine of 17 passes. He threw for 102 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.

Mason will be the backup again for Murray this season, but early enrollee Christan LeMay could have something to say about that during spring practices.

LeMay is from North Carolina and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He does have some off-the-field issues, skipping his senior season due to disciplinary issues, but he is talented as they come and if he continues to develop this spring, he could see some playing time in the fall.

As talented as those three quarterbacks are, they are very young and if Murray goes down, Georgia could be in a world of trouble. That’s the reason the Bulldogs will miss Logan Gray.

Former Bulldog decided to transfer to a different school while earning his master’s degree. He played wide receiver last season, but was the backup quarterback for Joe Cox in 2009.

If everything plays out the way the coaches want, they will redshirt LeMay and have Murray and Mason be the No. 1 and No. 2 QBs just like last season. That will give the Bulldogs the best opportunity to win games this year.

And with a full year starting under his belt, Murray should be better than he was last season. He does not have a true No. 1 receiver since A.J. Green left for the NFL, but he has the ability to make other receivers around him better such as Tavarres King and Marlon Brown.

For the first time in three years, there is stability at the quarterback spot. It’s safe to say this position is a strength for this team for the 2011 season.