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UGA honors scholarship to injured QB Aaron Murray, called “Bulldog forever”..


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Georgia-bound quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., told the AJC on Sunday night he was “overwhelmed” with the outpouring of support, especially from Bulldog fans, after breaking his left ankle.

Murray is likely finished with his prolific high school career after suffering the leg injury in last Thursday’s game for Plant High.

“It has been crazy, all the phone calls and emails, wishing me a speedy recovery … and praying for me,” Murray said.

“I want to thank everyone, especially all the Georgia fans. I’ve been reading some nice things they said on the [internet], and I really appreciate all the support. It means a lot. It just lets me know I’m with the right school … I have never been more excited to be a Georgia Bulldog.”

Murray, who is determined to return to action this season for Plant, said he will know more about his injury after meeting with doctors this week. He is using crutches and hopes to be walking on his own in 4-6 weeks. He wants to be playing football again in 6-8 weeks.

“I had surgery on my shoulder two years ago, and I was way ahead of schedule with my recovery,” Murray said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to be back as quick as I can this time, too … while following the advice of the doctors.”

Murray said he had long conversations with Georgia head coach Mark Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo.

“Coach Richt was very reassuring. He told me ‘Even if you could never take a snap again, and you’d still have your scholarship with us. You’re a Georgia Bulldog forever.’”

“It was great to hear that, it really made my time a lot less stressful in dealing with the injury.”

Click here to read more on Aaron Murray’s leg injury

Murray is UGA’s most prolific commitment in its 2009 recruiting class, earning MVP honors of the Elite 11 QB Camp last summer. He picked Georgia among 53 scholarship offers.

Before being injured on Thursday, Murray had a stellar performance, throwing for 205 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 95 yards and one touchdown.

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