“If you have a quarterback that you have enough confidence to drop back and sling it, you’ve got a chance to make some big plays. We do like a vertical passing game,” Richt said. “There’s a lot of people that love to throw it sideways a lot, and we’ll throw it a little bit sideways here and there, but we want to get it down the field. And if we get some matchups that we like to go deep, we will.”Fifty-five percent is insane, regardless of the opponents. Considering this was a part of the offense that was missing last season (just a 28% completion percentage) this bodes well moving forward. There were numerous times last year that even though a deep ball was caught, if the throw had been better it would've gone for more yards or even for points. Part of that probably had to do with getting used to life without AJ Green. But as I mentioned yesterday, it's clear Murray feels quite comfortable with his receivers this season.
Through three games, Murray and the Bulldogs have already utilized the deep ball effectively -- an area where he excelled as a freshman in 2010, but regressed last season.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Murray is 11-for-20 (55 percent) for 429 yards and three touchdowns on throws of 20 or more yards this season, with an average of 21.5 yards per attempt.
Sure hope to see more as the season progresses.