“It was all over Twitter as soon as it happened,” said Murray, who stays wired in from his account, @AaronMurray11. “It pretty much blew up and people were tweeting at me, ‘oh, did you hear what Clowney said?’ Whatever.”
But the first thing that popped into Murray’s mind was not anger or disappointment over Clowney’s remarks.
“I was just thinking, ‘why did it have to happen before I got over there,’” Murray said of SEC Football Media Days. “That was the first thing I was thinking.”
Murray stayed quiet on the matter for the last two days. But the Bulldogs’ turn in front of the media throng was Thursday morning, so Murray was ready when the inevitable question came. And it was, of course, one of the first queries he fielded.
“Here we go. OK, let’s just get it knocked out of the way,” Murray said with a chuckle.
“You know, I think the word ‘fear’ was misused for ‘respect,’” he said. “I definitely have a lot of respect for (Clowney). He’s definitely one of -- if not the -- best player in the country. He’s an unbelievable player, a very talented player. He’s a guy you have to game plan for. You have to set a plan for him. So definitely not scared, but definitely respected greatly for what he can do on the field.”
Murray's teammates have also had fun with Clowney's comments.
Said senior tight end Arthur Lynch: "I think (Murray is) more afraid of his mother. I know I’m more afraid of my mom."
A complete story on Murray's reaction to Clowney and his place in the SEC hierarchy will be posted to myajc.com.
In the meantime, here's a few other notes from this morning's session:
Richt on status of place-kicker Marshall Morgan, who was arrested for boating under the influence earlier this month . . .
"You know what, I don't know."
Richt said the Bulldogs haven't been able to convene their "comprehensive action committee yet to rule on the matter. "A lot of vacations between Greg and me and other people. We just really haven't been able to hook up together on that."
Richt on the status of senior offensive guard Austin Long . . .
"It's still unknown right now. . . . He is going through some academic stuff right now." Richt could not say whether Long wasa still working out with the team.
On status of offensive lineman Kolton Houston . . .
"No change. I was really hoping something would happen with that by now."
On Georgia being picked to by the media win the East again this season . . .
"Well, I knew it was going to be us, Florida or South Carolina. I knew it was going to be one of us. . . . I think it's a tough call this year in particular with those three teams. And then you just never know what Tennessee will rise up and do, or anybody for that matter."