College Football 2011: Georgia QB Aaron Murray's First Spring as Starter

Will BrownContributor IMarch 14, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs points during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Aaron Murray went into spring practices in 2010 splitting time with two other quarterbacks: Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray.

Mettenberger was dismissed from the team not long after, Gray has transferred and Murray looks to be maybe the top quarterback in the SEC in 2011.

Murray came into the 2010 season as the one question mark on what was expected to be a great, balanced offense; he left it as the only sure thing on offense going into 2011.

Fans have doubts about how Washaun Ealey and Isaiah Crowell will produce, how the new receivers will produce or how well the line will pass block or open up holes, but not a single one of them is doubting what Murray brings to the table.

Murray threw for 3,049 yards and 24 touchdowns as a red shirt freshman to go along with a 154.48 QB rating and a 61.1 completion percentage. Murray made the most of his one year with the super-talented A.J. Green, but now he must move past that chapter of his career.

It wasn’t all great for Murray in his freshman year, as Georgia stumbled to a 1-4 start the year and a 6-7 finish. Murray is hardly to blame though, as his only true bad game was more of the first half against Florida.

Murray displayed poise beyond his years from his first snap. He was never nervous or intimidated by any defense that he faced, which in the SEC is really something else.

One thing may have hurt Murray some though, and that is the complete abandonment of the run game down the stretch. Murray was amazing last year—as good really as any Georgia fan could hope—but he needs to have a run game to help take pressure off of him.

There is talent to have a good, if not great, rushing attack next year, and that can only help Murray.

Having a spring where he will take the vast majority of the first-team snaps should prevent our passing game from taking a huge step back, even with the loss of the top two receivers from 2010 in Green and Kris Durham.

Murray will be given ample time to get in a better rhythm with Tavarres King, Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten to go along with his connection with Orlson Charles, a high school teammate.

Murray, as great as he was, must now take another step for Georgia to get back to national prominence in 2011.