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Blog: Rock the vote? Not so much for Georgia players

Aaron Murray admits he fumbled with his first chance to vote in a presidential election.

The Georgia quarterback is from the swing state of Florida

Murray said he missed a deadline to request an absentee ballot.

“My parents are highly disappointed because it was my first time being able to vote,” Murray said.

Georgia coach Mark Richt began his weekly news conference today saying he hoped everyone got a chance to vote.

There were several reporters wearing “I’m a Georgia Voter” stickers during interviews today. Like Richt, I was an early voter.

I asked seven Georgia players at the lunchtime interviews if they voted. Only cornerback Sanders Commings, who voted by absentee ballot, said he did.

“I think I’m going to leave here and go vote,” said cornerback Damian Swann, who is from Atlanta but said he registered in Athens.

Receiver Tavarres King said he didn’t have time to vote.

“I think a few guys are pretty into politics,” he said. “Some aren’t. Some think they are, but they don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Players have demanding schedules with classes and football.

“We’re so caught up in other things we don’t really know what’s going on,” Swann said.

Well, Commings is an exception then.

“I watched all of the debates,” he said.

Women’s basketball associate head coach Joni Crenshaw, who was available during football interviews today as well since Georgia opens its season Sunday against Rutgers, said many of her players registered to vote in Athens. They had off from practices today, so had a chance to vote.

“They’ve been talking about it, tweeting about it,” she said. “I’ll be very disappointed if they don’t go out and vote.”

If you follow some of the offensive linemen on Twitter, you know they are probably the most vocal about their political leanings.

Commings thinks he knows which way the team leans overall.

“Probably Obama,” he said. “Just hearing all the talk around the locker room, I’d say Obama. Most people wouldn’t even vote though.”

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