Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray met with the beat writer contingent Friday morning for the first time since tearing the ACL in his left knee against Kentucky on Nov. 23.
Murray missed the Georgia Tech game and obviously won’t play against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. He’ll travel to the bowl site on his own after giving up his eligibility.
He has an autograph signing Saturday at Georgia Square Mall.
“It’s been unbelievable support from fans, friends, people who have gone through the injury,” said Murray, who walked without crutches.
That includes SEC commissioner Mike Slive who phoned the SEC career passing yardage and TD passing leader to thank him for how he represented the SEC,
“That definitely pretty cool to get a call from him,” Murray said. “I’m not going to lie.”
Here is some more of what Murray had to say:
–Murray said he was “pretty emotional” in the locker room after suffering the injury. About 20 or 30 minutes later, he said `What’s the next step?” He went to the hospital with his family and was there until 1:30 in the morning.
–Murray stayed in the game for 13 plays, but said he suspected he had an ACL injury.
“I felt and heard the pop,” he said. “I could walk and do certain movements on it so I’m like `You know what? I’m just going to try to stick it out as long as I can.”
–Murray hopes to work out for scouts at Georgia’s Pro Day in mid-April.
He expects to “do drops, rollouts, run a 40 if I want to if I want to,” he said.
“Luckily the draft got pushed back,” Murray said of the May draft. “It’s good timing for me.”
He will attend the Senior Bowl and NFL combine.
“I don’t know how much I’ll be able to do physically.”
–Murray said he’s having the autograph session–$35 for his signature with a portion of the proceeds going to Extra Special People—because he can’t play in the bowl game.
“I’m not eligible to play in the bowl game,” he said. “It’s the next step.”
Murray figures he has signed “tens of thousands,” of autographs at Georgia for free.
–He’ll be going to the bowl game in Jacksonville, but won’t be attending practices daily there,
“I’m pretty much like an alum,” he said.
–He said it was “stressful,” watching the Georgia Tech game.
“It was tough,” Murray said. “You can’t do anything to contribute to the guys.”
– On how Hutson Mason played against Georgia Tech: “I thought he played great. I came in Sunday and watched our copy of it. I thought he played extremely well. They really came on.”
–Murray will rehab for the draft in Athens.
“I’ll wake up, rehab,” Murray said. “I love Georgia. I really thoroughly love this place. I knew I loved Georgia when I was committed. …It’s deep in my heart. I’ll be a Bulldog forever.”
UGA QB Aaron Murray said he’s had “unbelievable support” from fans, friends and others who had ACL injuries., pic.twitter.com/DefqjI9lNc
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) December 13, 2013