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Murray Set For Surgery, Plant Set To Start Ely

Posted Oct 17, 2008 by Katherine Smith

Updated Oct 17, 2008 at 07:45 AM

As the Tampa Tribune was first to report, Plant quarterback Aaron Murray broke his left fibula in Thursday night’s victory against Hillsborough.

The injury will require surgery in the next couple of days once the swelling goes down, Plant coach Robert Weiner said. That means the Phillip Ely era officially begins at Plant.

The sophomore quarterback took over for Murray after he went down near the end of the second quarter. Ely promptly marched the Panthers down the field where they kicked a field goal to take a 10-point lead. Ely finsihed the game with 165 yards and one touchdown. Ely had been taking over for Murray in the second half of most of the games this season, but now in Murray’s absence, he becomes the full-time starter.

““This is definitely premature with what we wanted to do, but it’s something that he’s going to have to be ready for quickly,” Weiner said. “Phillip’s a very mature kid. He’ll approach the challenge with the kind of excitement that he needs.”

Reader Comments

Por (june carey) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Murray’s and the Mitchell’s will be in my prayers.  Hopefully both kids will recover.

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Por (jack meoff) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)


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Por (Peter Herbert) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I hope and pray that Aaron will be okay and have a full recovery.  Plant High always seems to have player of great character and strength.  Top notch coaching helps. 

Go Panthers!  Keep it up!

Peter Herbert
Plant High Class of ‘72

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Por (Steve) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hang in there.  You have left football fans all over town with a lot of great memories.  Focus on recovery and lend moral support to your team.  You will do great in college.  Good luck to you!

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Por (Adel) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Always sad to see someone with as much press as Aaron get hurt and miss the remainder of his senior season.  But on the bright side Plant might actually have a chance to beat Armwood in the playoffs and for Aaron with out having to play Armwood again UGA may not pull their offer

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Por (wayne miller) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Aaron, the entire Bulldog Nation is praying for your speedy recovery and await your arrival at spring practice next year. You’re going to turn this conference on it’s head and have a lot of people saying Tim who?!
Go Plant—Go Dawgs!!

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Por (Michael Maxwell UGA Class of 1986) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

UGA Nation is very excited about our QB of the future. Prayers for a speedy recovery, a fun Sr. year, and a great career Between the Hedges!!!

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Por (1 HB) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Adel, is your comment suppose to be idiotic?  Like GA would pull a scholarship if Armwood beats Plant and Aaron was QB.  Anyway, Aaron will rebound from this and come out better and stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually.  We don’t know why these things happen, what we do know is that we move on, head up and stay positive.  I’m glad to see other Hills. teams have sent their best wishes to Aaron.  He’s a class act and it’s obvious w/ the respect he has earned from fellow competitors.  Hopefully no other Hills team will have to suffer such a loss.  Plant will move on, make adjustments and do just fine.

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Por (Kraig Davis) on October 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

man i hope my man Aaron makes a good healing process and stay focused on getting better dude… prayers out to you and your family God’s blessing….

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Por (tony) on October 20, 2008 (Suggest removal)


ur a joke! Murray thought he would come back in the 2nd half…til they told him his leg was broken..tough as nails..Adel, show some respect, Aaron has more heart in his toe than im sure you do as a whole coward.

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Por (Wellswood) on October 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Look at this schmuck named Tony,EC South. Talking more sh*t behind a screen name. Hey Tony, YOU are the coward and good luck beating Armwood in the playoffs…...if Plant gets that far. I’m surprised you didn’t threaten’em. I know how you like to threaten people and then hide like the coward you are.

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Por (tony) on October 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

uhh wellswood, we are all talking behind a screen, except your talking behind bars, and then a screen..for Adel to say UGA would pull their offer from Murray shows his brightness. enjoy your bread and water.

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