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Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and tight ends coach John Lilly spent last Friday at Plant High in Tampa, checking on Aaron Murray, the Georgia-bound quarterback who is still on crutches after breaking his left leg on Oct. 16. "Aaron has tremendous recovery powers; he's actually way ahead of schedule in terms of the healing process, " Plant coach Robert Weiner said. "He wasn't supposed to be able to put any pressure on his ankle until three or four more weeks." Murray is still holding out hopes of returning to action this season, if Plant advances far enough in the playoffs. "You can never count out Aaron for anything, that's for sure, " Weiner said. "While we'd love to have him back out there, we're not going to do anything to endanger his college career." Georgia's coaches also witnessed arguably the best game of the season by 6-3, 227-pound tight end Orson Charles, who is highly coveted by the Bulldogs. "Orson really put on a show for Georgia, as he pretty much does every game," Weiner said. Charles is also flourishing at defensive end, but the Bulldogs want him on offense. He favors Miami over Florida, Georgia and Florida State.
Tampa, Fla., quarterback Aaron Murray, who committed to Georgia, isn’t wasting any time making it to Athens. After Plant High plays tonight, Murray is going to change clothes and begin his seven-hour journey. He will spend the night near the Georgia border, and plans to be at the Bulldogs’ football offices around 11 a.m, about nine hours before kickoff. “This is my first trip for a game, and I want to make the most of every minute of it,” Murray said. Murray is bringing a special guest — Orson Charles, his Plant teammate who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 tight end by Rivals. Charles favors Miami, but also is considering Georgia, Florida, and Florida State. Rarely a day goes by without Murray trying to recruit Charles for the Bulldogs. “I’m always mentioning Georgia, but he knows in the end it’s his decision to make, and no one else.”
Residing 1,054 miles from Athens will be a real bummer this weekend for Georgia commit Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth High in North Dartmouth, Mass. Scout.com’s fifth-best tight end in the nation by will relegated to viewing Saturday night’s SEC showdown between the Dogs and Alabama on ESPN from his home. “I can’t go this weekend,” Fontaine wrote to the AJC in a text message. “But we’ve got a long weekend for the Tennessee game [on Oct. 11]. “I’m going to the Tennessee game.” Despite the temptation of taking in a game and touring campuses closer to home, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Fontaine said he’s remained loyal to the Dogs. “I haven’t visited any other schools,” he said. “I’m committed to Georgia.” Another prized-recruit, quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla. confirmed to the AJC Monday evening that he will attend Saturday evening’s contest in Sanford Stadium. It will be the first trip to Athens this season for Murray, a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100.
Armwood’s coaches took unusual and lengthy measures to prepare for Georgia-bound quarterback Aaron Murray, according to ESPN.com. Murray, the highest-profile commitment for Georgia’s 2009 class and MVP of the Elite 11 camp, completed only 17 of 36 passes for 120 yards in Plant High’s 9-2 loss to Armwood. The game between the Florida powerhouses was televised on ESPNU last Friday. Armwood defensive coordinator Matt Thompson told the website that he regularly turned in 14-hour days over the summer watching film of Murray, and asked for advice from many people, including former NFL linebacker Keith Newman. Thompson considers Murray one of the most gifted and special players he’s ever coached against. How was Murray stopped? Thompson said he constantly switched between three- and four-man fronts. He also installed 36 different twists, stunts and blitzes, along with 15 different zone coverages. The result was relentless pressure on Murray, who rarely had time to set up when he passed, and found it difficult to scramble because of Armwood’s quick defenders. Plant’s offensive line appeared overmatched and failed to provide much protection for its leader. Murray was sacked four times in the first half by Armwood defensive end Ryne Giddins. Then when Murray rallied his team in the fourth quarter, his pass was deflected and intercepted at Armwood’s 26-yard line with two minutes remaining in the showdown. After the game, Armwood’s coaches had nothing but nice things to say about Murray to media outlets. Of course, the two teams are expected to meet again in the state playoffs. And Murray, who is known for being an ultimate student of the game, will likely be ready for any and all surprises in the next meeting.
Quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., who has committed to Georgia, was intercepted with less than two minutes remaining in a 9-2 loss to rival Armwood. The game between the two Florida powerhouses was televised by ESPNU. Six prospects ranked in the nation’s top 100 prospects by Rivals participated in the showdown, including Murray and tight Orson Charles for Plant. Plant was on the 26-yard line in the fourth quarter when Murray’s pass attempt was deflected and intercepted, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Murray was targeting Charles on the play. He completed 17 of 36 passes for 120 yards. “Aaron pumped to fake out the safety and I had the corner beat,” Charles said. “At the last second, Aaron’s arm got hit. “We were all very disappointed. I was disappointed I couldn’t make a big play to help us win. We broke down the film [Sunday], and went over our mistakes. Hopefully we’ll get to see Armwood again in the playoffs.” Charles, a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100 and nation’s No. 2 tight end by Rivals, is favoring Miami over Florida, Georgia and Florida State.