Georgia's first and only off weekend of the 2010 campaign couldn't have come at a better time for quarterback Aaron Murray.
According to head coach Mark Richt, if the Bulldogs had to play a game this Saturday, the redshirt freshman wouldn't see the field.
"Probably not," Richt said after Thursday's workout at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility.
Murray hasn't practiced since suffering a bruised sternum and knee, although he did spend the session playing catch.
"He was throwing the ball gingerly, carefully, nice and easy and it did not bother him. But he couldn't throw anything that resembles a route, a receiver running a route or timing or anything like that," Richt said. "He was just standing there but he was able to throw without pain."
Murray will continue receiving treatment through the weekend before the Bulldogs resume practice Monday.
"The range of motion is there, it's just he can't go quick yet," Richt said. "I would hope by Monday he would at least do the throwing and catching part."
If for whatever reason Murray can't go, true freshman Hutson Mason would get the start in next week's finale against Georgia Tech.
"I'm hoping he will do everything Monday, which would give him and us more confidence that he will be able to play," Richt said. "We're not there yet, but he's improving pretty rapidly."
Richt said the bruised sternum is Murray's biggest problem right now, but doesn't believe the injury occurred when the quarterback was hit from behind by Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
"No, I don't think it happened on that play. That was more of a whip-lash sort of thing," Richt said. "It could have been that play, but there's some other plays it could have been, too."
With Murray out, Richt said Logan Gray has received some reps at quarterback, along with freshman Parker Welch, who has seen some action against the scout team D.
NOTE:\ With next Saturday highlighting a big recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs, Richt encouraged fans to help out as much as they can. "I've said this on my show and I want to encourage our fans to really do a great job at the Dawg Walk and get in the stands as early as possible and show our recruits what Georgia football is all about," Richt said. "They're here to gauge how it would be to be a Bulldog and how much they might enjoy it. We need to have a great weekend."
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