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Despite Georgia’s big win, Richt called Murray’s injury “just sickening” after the game and said he “really had a hard time enjoying the rest of the game.”

On Sunday, Richt said he felt “a little better” after trading texts with Murray. Richt said Murray quickly moved past his initial disappointment.

“He’s not going to mope around and cry,” Richt said, adding Murray already is preparing for his rehabilitation. “He’s already kind of getting geared up for that challenge,” Richt said.

Murray started all 52 games of his four years and became the Southeastern Conference’s career leader in yards passing, touchdown passes, completions and total offense. The senior is the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in four seasons.

Murray completed 18 of 23 passes for 183 yards with four touchdowns against Kentucky.

Murray thanked Georgia fans for their concern and support in a message on his Twitter account Sunday.

“Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours. Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all #GoDawgs,” Murray said.

In another tweet, Murray said, “Truly am blessed to have been your QB for 4 years!”

Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said a full recovery is expected for Murray, who bypassed early entry in the NFL draft to return for his senior year.

Richt said he was confident Murray will be selected in the next NFL draft because there is such a long record of successful recoveries from ACL injuries.

It has been a disappointing season for Murray’s Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3 SEC), who have lost several top players to season-ending knee injuries, including running back Keith Marshall and receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley. Running back Todd Gurley also missed three games and receiver Michael Bennett missed two with injuries.