Aaron Murray Says UGA Would Still Be No. 1 with Eason at QB

Venerable quarterback Aaron Murray joined The Midday Show with Rick Kamla and John Michaels to discuss Georgia Bulldogs football and the college football in general.

During the interview Murray hits a number of topics:

  • He jokingly gives Jake Fromm advice to spike the ball on the 10-yard line if he’s ever on a 75-yard drive late to win a game.  (0:15)
  • Murray breaks down Fromm’s game. (0:40)
  • How much of a threat will Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham be to UGA on Saturday? (2:12)
  • What constitutes success for UGA in 2017? Is an SEC title good enough? (3:15)
  • Would the Dawgs still be No. 1 in the College Football Playoff and undefeated if Jacob Eason was still the starting quarterback. (4:21)

“I think so,” said Murray. “If you look at the way they’ve played this season they’ve played great defense, they’ve run the ball extremely well — which is something that’s been surprising to me not because of our backs but because of our offensive line. And if you want to talk about a unit that has really done a complete 360 from last year, that unit has been amazing this entire year, running the football, protecting Fromm in the pocket.

“But the quarterback, Fromm has only had a couple of games where he’s had to throw the ball over 20 times — I mean, Florida, 4 for 7. I think Eason, if you put Eason in there, we’d be 8-1, 9-0, easy right now. The quarterback hasn’t been asked to have to do that much. I think the running game has been that strong, and I really like Eason. I think Eason is a great quarterback. I was looking forward to Year 2 from him to see that big stride because usually that’s when you see the biggest stride as a quarterback from Year 1 to Year 2.

“But going back to Fromm… I think he’s had a tremendous year, he’s made plays when his number’s been called — not only passing the ball but running the ball as well.”

  • Do you take any pride in the fact that the Florida Gators have fallen flat on their faces? (5:37)
  • Are the Dawgs vulnerable to downfield passing? (6:21)
  • What game other than UGA-Auburn are you looking forward to this weekend? (7:30)
  • Who is going to be the best player on the field when UGA steps onto the field against Auburn? (8:28)
  • Who wins the UGA-Auburn game? (9:22)
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