Posted by Chip Patterson
Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley has come under some heat from the media for some of his hits during Auburn's 49-31 win over Georgia on Saturday. The topic became an issue particularly after a helmet first hit forced starting quarterback Aaron Murray out of the game with a knee injury. Murray sat out the final five plays of the game, and was not available for the media because he was receiving medical attention. Head coach Mark Richt did say in his postgame comments that Murray wanted to re-enter the game, and the quarterback tweeted after the game that the knee is "all good." But when Richt held his Sunday evening teleconference with media members, he was none too interested in talking about injuries.
"I'm not going to talk about injuries in this conference," Richt said in the call. "I'm just going to hold off on that. I've got to get a clear picture from Ron. ... When I get with Ron, I'm sure we'll have a discussion and will have a better idea of what is going on in that regard."
Georgia has a much-needed off week before facing in-state rival Georgia Tech at home in the regular season finale on November 27. At 5-6, the Bulldogs need the win in order to become bowl eligible for the 14th straight season. A small consolation for an otherwise disappointing season in Athens. Murray has exhibited great promise in his freshman season, throwing for 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and he did so without star wide receiver A.J. Green for the first four games. In Murray the Bulldogs have a quarterback to build on for the future, so there is a bit of concern from the Georiga faithful.