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‚Äôt play against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. He‚Äôll travel to the bowl site on his own after giving up his eligibility.
He has an autograph signing Saturday at Georgia Square Mall.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been unbelievable support from fans, friends, people who have gone through the injury,‚Äù 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‚Äôm not going to lie.‚Äù
Here is some more of what Murray had to say:
–Murray said he was ‚Äúpretty emotional‚Äù in the locker room after suffering the injury. About 20 or 30 minutes later, he said `What‚Äôs the next step?‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúI felt and heard the pop,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI 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‚Äôs Pro Day in mid-April.
He expects to ‚Äúdo drops, rollouts, run a 40 if I want to if I want to,‚Äù he said.
‚ÄúLuckily the draft got pushed back,‚Äù Murray said of the May draft. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good timing for me.‚Äù
He will attend the Senior Bowl and NFL combine.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know how much I‚Äôll be able to do physically.‚Äù
–Murray said he‚Äôs having the autograph session–$35 for his signature with a portion of the proceeds going to Extra Special People‚Äîbecause he can‚Äôt play in the bowl game.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not eligible to play in the bowl game,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the next step.‚Äù
Murray figures he has signed ‚Äútens of thousands,‚Äù of autographs at Georgia for free.
–He‚Äôll be going to the bowl game in Jacksonville, but won‚Äôt be attending practices daily there,
‚ÄúI‚Äôm pretty much like an alum,‚Äù he said.
–He said it was ‚Äústressful,‚Äù watching the Georgia Tech game.
‚ÄúIt was tough,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúYou can‚Äôt do anything to contribute to the guys.‚Äù
— On how Hutson Mason played against Georgia Tech: ‚ÄúI thought he played great. I came in Sunday and watched our copy of it. I thought he played extremely well. They really came on.‚Äù
–Murray will rehab for the draft in Athens.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll wake up, rehab,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúI love Georgia. I really thoroughly love this place. I knew I loved Georgia when I was committed. ‚Ä¶It‚Äôs deep in my heart. I‚Äôll be a Bulldog forever.‚Äù
UGA QB Aaron Murray said he’s had “unbelievable support” from fans, friends and others who had ACL injuries., pic.twitter.com/DefqjI9lNc
‚Äî Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) December 13, 2013