“He just has a really good feel for the game,” Petersen said. “Obviously, he’s smart and understands our system well. But he’s also one of those guys who just feels the game well. If everyone around him does his job, Kellen will play at a high level. The big key to making the quarterback look good is to do your job. We have some guys around him, and those guys are good players. If they do what they’re supposed to do, they’ll make plays.”
Murray would trade all the stats from his redshirt season for a few more victories. No matter how many yards he puts up, he knows a quarterback’s legacy is largely determined by the team’s record. In that respect, he got off to a rocky start.
“I just want to win some football games,” Murray said. “I was on winning teams in peewee. I was on winning teams in high school. We won two state championships. I don’t think I ever had more than two or three losses in a season. Last year was the first losing season of my career. That’s something I don’t want to go through again. Stats don’t matter. What matters is that won-loss column.”
Like Moore, Murray will be working with some new receivers. His favorite target, A.J. Green, headed off to the riches of the NFL, leaving behind a unit that will likely rely on more of a committee approach.
Richt is confident that Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Michael Bennett, Rantavious Wooten and maybe a few more guys will be able to fill the large shoes left by Green.
“We’ve got enough guys to go out there, roll ‘em around, let ‘em all play and see who makes the most plays,” the coach said. “We feel pretty good about our skill positions.”
Besides, Georgia is counting on getting a lot more production out of its running game, even though the top two backs from a year ago both left the program. That’s because of heralded freshman Isaiah Crowell, who might start the opener and will certainly get plenty of playing time.
He’s already being touted as potentially one of the best backs in Georgia history, pretty heady company with alums such as Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Terrell Davis and Knowshon Moreno.
“When you come to Georgia as a running back, to a place that’s been tagged running back university, you definitely want to be considered one of the great ones,” Murray said. “I just told him to relax and have fun. He has all the ability in the world. If he just goes out there and plays his game, he’ll be fine.”
Boise State has gotten used to playing _ and winning _ these type of games. Last season, the Broncos opened with a thrilling win over Virginia Tech in Landover, Md., staring down a largely Hokie crowd. They’ll have to do the same at the Georgia Dome, which figures to be packed with more than 60,000 Bulldogs fans.
“This is absolutely NOT a neutral-site game,” Petersen said. “Everybody is aware of that.”
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