Leading up to the Georgia Bulldogs‘ biggest game of the season, the SEC Championship Game versus the Alabama Crimson Tide, Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray met with head coach Mark Richt Monday and gained permission to be relieved from his media responsibilities for the week.
The winner of Saturday’s SEC title game at the Georgia Dome will be ranked second in the nation in the BCS standings and will meet the number one ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7 in Miami, Fla. at Sun Life Stadium.
One of Murray’s closest friends on the team, linebacker Christian Robinson, had the following to say regarding the quarterback’s media blackout leading up to the SEC title game: “I don’t think this has anything to do with the media. I don’t think he’s trying to send a message. It’s just something he decided to do this week as far as being prepared. He’s a great competitor. I know this one means so much to him. He works his tail off every day. People don’t see that sometimes. He just wants to be completely ready and not have any distractions. Sometimes, talking to the media takes a little time away.”
Murray is usually easily accessible because he meets with media every Tuesday and after every game.
This season, the red-shirt junior has been one of the nation’s top signal callers, passing for 3,201 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 66.6 percent of his pass attempts. He also became the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for more than 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.