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Blog: Murray sees progress in his game, ready to `tear things up next year’

TAMPA–Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tweeted earlier today that he was going ‚Äúto watch some film/talk football‚Äù with former NFL coach Jon Gruden.

“Pretty pumped!” Murray posted.

Gruden is now an ESPN NFL analyst who sits down with NFL draft QB prospects in his “Gruden’s Film Room.”

Gruden is calling the Outback Bowl with Mike Tirico. He also will break down film of Murrayand Michigan State fifth-year senior quarterback Kirk Cousins for a piece to air on College GameDay on Monday.

I asked Murray and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to break down Murray’s game as he wraps up his redshirt sophomore season.

Murray set a Georgia single season record with 33 touchdown passes. He threw for 2,861 yards and completed 58.8 percent of his passes this season while throwing 12 interceptions. He ranked 27th in the nation in pass efficiency before the bowl games.

‚ÄúI think I definitely progressed,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúI think I matured through the season… There‚Äôs definitely been some bumps and hills, a little roller coaster at times. I definitely think I learned a lot and I think there‚Äôs still a lot for me to continue to be improving on. I know what I need to do this offseason when it comes with my fundamentals and things like that. It was a great learning year though and I‚Äôm excited to finish it off strong and have an awesome season and definitely tear things up next year.‚Äù

Bobo said Murray has shown “tremendous” improvement since his first season of anticipating throws.

“The interceptions we’ve obviously had too many of them,” Bobo said. “He’s done a better job of not taking sacks. We may not have ran as much and made as many plays with our legs. I think the overall process of becoming a better quarterback and going from No. 1 to No. 2 has improved. I still think we’ve got to work on going to 3 sometimes and sometimes knowing when to take off and then we’ve just got to be more consistent. We were more consistent than we were a year before but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Bobo also said Murray can get a bit streaky still at times.

“It has a lot to do with his footwork,” he said. “He gets antsy back there and gets off balance. I don’t want to change him from him making plays with his legs, which he’s done some this year on third downs, but at the same time when you’re going to be a pocket passer you’ve got to be on balance when you throw and I’d say 90 percent of the bad throws he throws are due to his feet most of the time.”

Wonder what Gruden will have to say.

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