Ex-Bulldog quarterback offers UGA advice ahead of championship game

Former Georgia Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray is no stranger to big games, including those against Alabama for an SEC championship.

In 2012, Murray led the No. 3 Bulldogs to the SEC Championship game to face No. 2 Alabama. The Bulldogs fell short to Alabama, losing 32-28 after failing to score in the final seconds near Alabama’s goal line.

No. 4 Georgia will head back to Atlanta to face the top-ranked Crimson Tide at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. With experience in the SEC Championship game and against a highly ranked Bama team, Murray offered his advice to Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm ahead of a game with College Football Playoff implications.

“His process is on point, and so my only thing to him is just trust it,” said Murray, who was introduced Thursday as a quarterback for the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football. “Trust what you do during the week. It’s working, you’re excelling, just continue to do it and continue to be the great leader that you are.”

Fromm has thrown for 2,236 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, averaging 9.6 yards per pass. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,189 yards and 36 touchdowns, averaging 11.9 yards per pass. Knowing this, Murray advised the Bulldogs to “own the clock” and create long scoring drives.

“I think the key for Georgia’s offense is you have to stay on the field,” Murray said. “You got to slow the game down. If Alabama is getting 12 possessions a game or whatever it may be, cut that down to 10 or nine.”

During January’s national-championship game, the most recent meeting between the Crimson Tide and Georgia, the Bulldogs were able to gather more than 33 minutes of possession. However, Fromm threw two interceptions, something Murray said needs to be avoided to beat a team like Alabama.

“The worst thing that Georgia could do is go three-and-out or have some kind of turnover giving Alabama a short field, which we’ve seen in the past,” Murray said. “If you give Alabama 40 yards to score, I mean shoot they could do that in two plays. All of a sudden a seven-nothing game turns into a 14-nothing game or a 14-nothing game turns into a 21-nothing game.”