JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Georgia got a chance to say goodbye to two of its quarterbacks who didn’t play in the game.
SEC-record holder Aaron Murray, recovering from a torn ACL, wore jeans and a Georgia “G” jacket and chatted with Georgia coach Mark Richt on the field pregame.
“He looks great already on the rehab and I do believe he’s going to go on and to do big things on the next level,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who made his way Wednesday also to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando and the Outback in Tampa, talked to Murray on the sideline before the game.
Reserve Christian LeMay, who practiced with the team during the bowl, is transferring, Bobo confirmed.
“LeMay has decided to move on and I wish nothing but the best for him and his career,” Bobo said. “I do think he’s got a chance to be a very good player and hopefully the place he goes to and the system they run, he’ll be able to be successful.”
LeMay has told coaches at Jacksonville State (Ala.) that he will join the FCS program. Former Bulldogs safety Shaquille Fluker said he’s also transferring there.
Fans don’t come out in droves
The Gator Bowl announced that there were 60,712 tickets distributed for the game, but there may not have been 40,000 actually on hand on the rainy day.
“It wasn’t as packed as Georgia-Florida, but it still at times felt like an SEC game or a big game like that,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “You know you’re not playing for one of the higher bowls like the natty (national title game), so you know not as many people are going to come, but besides the field conditions I feel like it was a pretty good experience.”
Nebraska sold about 3,000 tickets and donated another 1,000 to a veterans foundation. It had an allotment of 12,500. Georgia sold about 7,500 of its 15,000 tickets.
Georgia senior offensive left guard Dallas Lee left the game with an upper thigh strain. Freshman Brandon Kublanow replaced him. Senior right guard Chris Burnette was sideline for a time with a hip flexor but returned. … Freshman J.J. Green had three kick returns for 93 yards, including a career-long of 48. … Safety Tray Matthews still wasn’t healthy enough to play on defense. He did play on special teams. With Josh Harvey-Clemons suspended, Corey Moore and Quincy Mauger started at safety. Devin Bowman got increased playing time as the fifth defensive back.
“I thought Bowman did a great job,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We put him on some man free stuff early in the game and they tried to take some shots on him. He was covering the guy. I think he’s practiced well. I was really pleased with his work.”