EXCLUSIVE Quotes: Aaron Murray Wants A Blackout, And Aaron Murray Should Get A Blackout

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Photo: Logan Booker/BI

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Last week, Aaron Murray told me he wants to wear the black jerseys before he graduates. And it’s time coach Richt listens, and makes it happen for a kid who has made lots of things happen for him.

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly four complete seasons since Murray walked into Sanford Stadium as a redshirt freshman and threw three touchdowns in a 55-7 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. More ominously than those three touchdowns, however, was a rushing touchdown that – unbeknownst to UGA fans watching the birth of a Georgia legend – signified the true grit, grind, and intensity Murray has played with from the first snap of that game. With only seconds remaining in the first half, Murray rolled to his right to discover that he had no open receivers, and then scrambled down the sideline for a gut-wrenching 16-yard touchdown as the half expired. Coach Richt said after the game that they talked about how the smartest option would have been to run out of bounds to ensure a field goal attempt for Blair Walsh. But that is just not the kind of player Murray was, or is.

This last Saturday afternoon and early evening in Auburn, Murray showed Dawg Nation once again how he is willing to sacrifice everything he has for the sake of the team, specifically with 2:01 left in the game when he lowered his shoulder and plowed into the endzone to give the Dawgs what would be a one point lead. Never missing a start in four seasons, despite taking some extraordinary shots from some extraordinary SEC defensive lineman, Murray has given EVERYTHING for the sake of the University of Georgia football program.

If possible, it would be awesome for UGA to pay him back in fun  fashion: To wear the (once extremely popular) black jerseys this Saturday night against Kentucky for his Senior Night.

I caught up with Murray one-on-one last week, after the game time for his Senior Night was announced as a 7pm night game, and asked him if a “blackout” was something that came to mind.

“I am going to have to bring it up to coach Richt,” Murray said. “If that happened I would be the happiest man in the world. If it’s a go or not, I am sure we will find out sometime next week.”

Murray went on to explain to me that he is far from the only player on the team that shares in his blackout desires.
“I think everyone on the team would love to wear them,” Murray said. “It’s not just a senior thing. We got new gloves and new cleats last week and that was a huge thing. Everybody loved it. If we got new jerseys, everyone would pretty much go crazy for it.”

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Although the jerseys are still blamed for the Alabama embarrassment in 2008, now may be as perfect a time as any to create better memories of the once uber-popular style that is still prevalent whenever you scan a large group of UGA fans wearing their favorite gear. The only home night game of the season, and the final chance for Murray and the other seniors to play in front of their home crowd, added to the fact that he has expressed desires to wear them, and I say why the heck not!

Murray has been one of the damndest of damn good Dawgs during his five years in Athens. Never have you seen his name in a headline for reasons other than football, and through hit after hit he has taken, you have never seen another name listed as starting quarterback despite any discomfort he may have had.

Less than two months from now, Murray will have taken his final snap for the University of Georgia. Nearly every record a quarterback can hold in the SEC will have his name at or near the top of the list. He has given his everything for the good of the UGA program, and the final thing the UGA program can do for him, is to make his final game one he will never forget.

Murray has done every. single. thing. asked of him throughout his time in Athens. And no fan or coach should have any problem granting him and the seniors a wish in return.

#BlackoutForAaron

***** UPDATE *****

One of our loyal Bulldawg Illustrated readers emailed coach Richt and received a response regarding the blackout. That response is as follows:

“Thanks for the message and interest in the blackout.  Unfortunately we don’t have any black jerseys this year even if we wanted to do it, maybe next year.
 
Sincerely,
Mark Richt
Head Football Coach”

So while it appears we can rule out a blackout for the players this Saturday, I, personally, would love to push the idea of the students and fans to wear black as a tribute to say “thank you” to one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever come through the program.

 



32 comments
seauga
seauga

Hey post on your Facebook and Twitter account BlackOut-For-This- UGA Saturdays-Game-If-You-Want-Grantham-Out-Its-A-Granthem-out everyone wear black

bpUGA09
bpUGA09

As far as I'm concerned, if AM wants to wear black on Senior Night, THERE HAD BETTER BE SOME DAMN BLACK UNIFORMS READY FOR SATURDAY.

Kid has earned it more than just about anyone could possibly earn it.  Murray is basically the poster boy for "DGD" at this point.  

BenKellam
BenKellam

Excuse me. His name was definitely in headlines for non football reasons...When he snagged that new girl of his it was all over the place.

Doc R
Doc R

The black jersey with the silver britches and red helmet is a great look.  Please don't let them do that "all black" atrocity that we had a pic of on the site

10canpirate
10canpirate

He has had headlines for the good things he has done off of the field as well.  This young man has influenced the lives of many people in a positive way during his time here in Athens.  He will get out of his experience here what he made it.  Aaron's experience is what anyone with an opportunity to  play football at UGA could do to create a lasting impression on the lives of people in the community.  He will be remembered just as much for the off the field contribution as he will for the records he has broken.

Cousin Eddie
Cousin Eddie

If AM wants to play on Black turf, at this point, get some black grass.

converted 1981
converted 1981 moderator

Hey Logan!  Why don't we create a "Blackout Scrapbook" for Aaron and the Seniors to be posted on here Friday before the game.  Let us know IF this can happen and how to make it happen for one of the All Time Great Dawgs.

converted 1981
converted 1981 moderator

IF anybody has Earned the Right to make this choice Aaron Murray has and it should be given to him.  Why not do this - at least get the press to call for a FAN BLACKOUT - that way even if the jerseys were not ordered the FANS can let AM know what he has and does mean to Dawg Nation.  Come on EVERYONE wear BLACK for the Game Saturday Night - even if you are Not at the Game.  Take Photos and send them in to Logan so he can post them for AM and ALL of the Seniors.

EdThomas
EdThomas moderator

Yes to the black jersey

Yes to the silver britches

A big Yes to the red helmet with the G and the white stripe

I love the look of the black jersey with the classic helmet and the silver britches.

DawgByte
DawgByte

Black helmets

Black jerseys

Black pants 

Black socks

Black cleats

Black mouthpieces

It's appropriate... think about it.

tmdawg12
tmdawg12

Wear them, Wear black pants to. A Grad assistant tweeted out the picture that I am sure everyone is familiar with (the one of Conleys jersey, with black pants and black helmets). To me that indicates they have them.

Logan Booker
Logan Booker moderator

I understand that a lot of people think it may be "too late" to order them. 

But after the LSU game, a small group of us media folk got Murray talking about the desires for a blackout, too. 

His quote at the end of September was: “I would love, love for us to come back and wear the black jerseys,” Murray said. “Maybe I can talk to coach Richt about that, and maybe get it in for whoever our last home game is. We still have some time. Maybe Nike could make it happen.”

Here is that link with quotes from several other players about wanting to wear black: http://bulldawgillustrated.com/2013/10/03/aaron-murray-wants-wear-black-jerseys/

RxDawg
RxDawg

"Although the jerseys are still blamed for the Alabama embarrassment in 2008"   By who?   The idiot fringe?   A crappy defense and the rise of Saban and the machines was to blame for that but whoopin.    Now if Murray brought it up before and gave Richt time to order the jerseys I think it's a great idea.   In fact, the last game I was able to attend was the blackout in 07.   And I am going to attend this weeks Kentucky game.    So I'd love to go to another blackout :)

South FL Dawg
South FL Dawg

Its funny but CMR went from black jerseys every season to never. Unless those things were ordered a long time ago though it's too late to change his mind. Right? We will see......

MoePritchett
MoePritchett

I would love to see that happen.  I think it is time.  CMR can exorcise the old demons of the last blackout and give AM11 and all of the DGS's seniors on this team something.

Logan Booker
Logan Booker moderator

Sorry to make this more of a read than a glance. I put my fan hat on and really wanted to drive home the point. I wish I would have videoed the interview so you could all see Murray's face light up at the thought of participating in a blackout. 

Whether it happens or not, we will likely not know until the team runs out of the tunnel on Saturday night.

GirdersRBending
GirdersRBending

Yes.  It would be for the right reason.  A reward rather than a motivational ploy.  I think it would be fun.

Flash
Flash

Would be a good way to help put last weeks heartbreak behind them and get them hyped a bit more for a game that should not be close.

EdThomas
EdThomas moderator

Good article, Logan. If he wants black, give him black.

maddawg
maddawg

#11 is one of the DBD's (Damn Best Dawgs) we've ever had.  Loves UGA and PROUD to be a Dawg!  Wish we had 21 other starters with his passion, grit, and intensity. Give him whatever he wants...

ClayBourne
ClayBourne

@BenKellam that'a PRIVATE!!! we all have sex at some point. it's not in the freaking headlines!!!

Logan Booker
Logan Booker moderator

@tmdawg12  

I have an internal theory that Richt and Murray may have had a friendly agreement before the season started that he could wear black on Senor Day/Night. 

Also, I have an internal theory that this is all one big fantasy and they will come out wearing the usual red on Saturday. 

Nothing will shock me on Saturday. 

EdThomas
EdThomas moderator

@South FL Dawg If Richt and McGarity want them, Phil Knight's guys would have them ready.