Weather Stalls Bulldogs' Fourth Spring Practice

March 26, 2011

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia’s football team returned to work on Saturday morning, but had its practice cut short by a thunderstorm rolling through Athens.

The Bulldogs started their fourth spring practice of the year at Sanford Stadium as the team hosted its annual spring Junior Day for future prospects. But 30 minutes into warm-ups, rain, along with thunder and lightening, forced the practice to be cancelled.

The 2011 season will mark the second campaign that redshirt sophomore Aaron Murray will direct the offense at quarterback. The Tampa, Fla., native earned Freshman All-America honors after finished the 2010 season with 3,049 passing yards, which ranks second in Southeastern Conference history for freshman quarterbacks, and 24 touchdown passes.

Murray is looking to build on that success in his second year.

“I just want to keep getting better,” said Murray. “Improve my timing with the receivers, things like that. I feel more comfortable especially when it comes to being in the pocket, understanding my reads and other things. I definitely feel like things are slowing down more for me.”

One of Murray’s expected targets for the coming year will be junior Tavarres King. King was one of Georgia’s top receivers in 2010 after teaming with A.J. Green and Kris Durham to tally more than 2,000 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns.

With Green and Durham headed to the NFL, King, who tied for second on the Bulldogs with three receiving scores last season, will be one of the team’s veteran leaders from the receiving corps. King knows that a team effort by the receivers will help make the Bulldog offense successful.

“We just have to keep being consistent,” said King. “Everybody has to show that they’re dependable and everybody has to show that they can be accountable to this team.”



King also continues to be impressed by his quarterback’s drive to get better.

“Same old Aaron,” said King. “He’s a hard-working machine which is great. If he continues what he’s doing, he’s going to have an extremely bright future.”

The Bulldogs return to practice on Tuesday and will then have two more sessions on Thursday and Friday, which will also be a coaching clinic for high school coaches.

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