ATHENS, Ga. -- Fair or unfair, no individual player is forced to answer for his team’s results more than its quarterback.
So given Georgia’s 2-8 record against ranked teams during his time as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback, Aaron Murray naturally faces questions about whether he is a big-game performer each time Georgia prepares to face another top-25 opponent.
“His every move is watched on and off the field. He did sign up for that scrutiny, and everything that he does is more scrutinized than what we do,” said receiver Tavarres King, whose 10th-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) face No. 2 Florida (7-0, 6-0) on Saturday. “So hopefully we can beat these guys and get that monkey off his back this week.”
Murray delivered two of the least productive performances of his career in two of his most recent games against a ranked team -- an 11-for-31 effort for 109 yards and an interception in a 35-7 loss at South Carolina this season and a 16-for-40 outing for 163 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Georgia’s 42-10 loss to top-ranked LSU in last season’s SEC championship game. But overall, Murray’s individual performances are hardly the reason Georgia’s record is what it is during his time as a starter, which is why he is able to laugh off the inevitable questions he faces before a game like this.
“I just ignore it,” Murray said. “I just don’t even think about it, really. It’s a team game. I’m not playing Florida or any top team myself. I’ve just got to go out there and execute and have fun and play ball.”
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