Murray Won't Let INTs Bother Him

ATHENS – Coming off a game in which he tied his career-high with three interceptions, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray vowed Tuesday he wouldn't let those misfires take him out of his game Saturday at Tennessee.

"You've got to put it behind you," Murray said. "You can't go out there gun-shy and holding the ball longer and not really anticipating throws and not trying to make the play. That's when you really are going to make mistakes."

Murray is the trigger man for the Southeastern Conference's No.3 passing offense.

He is tied for 12th nationally among FBS quarterbacks with 13 touchdown passes, but only eight have more than his six interceptions.

"At times we've been a little inconsistent or erratic with our accuracy," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "That's something we're working hard at. It's a matter of trusting things and throwing it on time are some of his issues with his interceptions."

Murray says he's not worried about the uptick in interceptions - he had only eight all of last season - but needs to work on his accuracy and decision making.

As for his three interceptions in Saturday's 24-10 win against Mississippi State, Murray said "It's all on me."

"I made those throws and I put a couple where they shouldn't have been and forced one at the end of the game into a coverage that just wasn't there," he said. "So I just can't do that kind of stuff."

Murray says he's improved from his breakout freshman season with his knowledge of the offense, checking into plays and getting into the right protections. Bobo said Murray's throwing the ball on time for the most part and spreading the ball around in the passing game.

Coach Mark Richt said Georgia needs to protect Murray better.

Yet of the three interceptions in the last game, Murray was well-protected for the first two.

"A lot of times Aaron has made tremendous throws with a guy leaking through," Richt said. "I think if we can clean that up, it will help Aaron overall in his decision making and in his accuracy."

`Going to play a lot of guys' in Washington's spot

Cornelius Washington will indeed return for the Oct. 29 game against Florida.

Washington is suspended for two games after his DUI arrest early Sunday morning. Richt had left the door open for a suspension of more than two games before Tuesday.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn't reveal plans for how Georgia would replace Washington.

"We're going to play a lot of guys," he said.

Chase Vasser, Reuben Faloughi and Ray Drew are in line for more playing time.

Grantham called Drew "a guy whose arrow is definitely up."

He told reporters "the plays you'll see him make down the road, you'll be pretty impressed because he's a talented guy that continues to get better. As he gets snaps and gets playing time, those production plays and that stuff will end up showing up."

Dooley's plans for Knoxville

Vince and Barbara Dooley will be in Knoxville watching Saturday's game, but will be at son Derek's house rather than in Neyland Stadium.

"I think it will just be better for me to stay there," Vince Dooley said Tuesday. "It will be less confusing."

This is the second game that Derek Dooley coach Tennessee against Georgia, where his father was the longtime football coach and athletic director.

Barbara Dooley is still recovering from knee replacement surgery.

"She can't really go into a crowd yet," Vince Dooley said.

Derek Dooley would rather talk about any other subject than the family storyline.

"It was a good story last year," he said.

This and that

Cornerback Brandon Boykin is being held out of contact this week after Richt said he got some lower teeth "wired" following getting tackled on a kickoff return, but is expected to play. …Offensive guard Chris Burnette (knee) practiced for some of Tuesday's practice, Bobo said. There's a chance he could return Saturday.

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