Georgia QB Murray drops a few pounds, picks up new skills

There is less of Aaron Murray this spring for Georgia.

The Bulldogs’ fifth-year senior quarterback says he’s drop about eight pounds and now checks in at 6-foot-1 and about 207 pounds.

He made a concerted effort to lose some weight.

“I need to move more,” Murray said with a chuckle.

While Murray’s touchdown passes and passing yards have increased each season, his rushing totals have gone down the last two years.

He would like to be able to run more like he did in 2010 as a redshirt freshman when he rushed for 167 yards and four touchdowns.

“I was at least a little bit more agile,” Murray said. “I don’t know if it was the hits or what that slowed me down. I’m an old man. I just felt like I needed to lose a couple of pounds, be able to catch maybe that five to seven yards if I can.”

Murray spent spring break in Oklahoma working with quarterback guru George Whitfield.

“We did a bunch of drills where I’m simulating throwing over people, getting the ball up and over,” Murray said. “A problem I’ve had sometimes is you try to throw over a defender but you don’t get the nose of the ball down so the ball keeps sailing on you. We did a lot of practice of really getting your arm up, extending that finger down and getting the ball to rotate back down into the receiver’s hands over the DB’s fingertips.”

Murray also worked on throwing with more velocity and accuracy.

He said the week was great, but he didn’t have much fun in Norman, Okla.

“It is not Athens at all,” he said. “It’s very flat, very windy, not very pretty at all. I would never live there. I’m sorry for everybody that lives in Oklahoma. I’m not trying to be mean, but definitely not a place you’d go for vacation.”

Coach Mark Richt said he didn’t know Murray was going to Oklahoma until after he told reporters and hadn’t spoken to him

about it since he returned, but both Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said they viewed the trip as positive because Murray again was working to get better.

“I’m glad he went, I’m glad he got value out of it,” Richt said. “But I didn’t talk too much about it. … It’s just a guy pursuing excellence.”

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