Armwood pass rushers Kryptonite for Plant QB Murray
TAMPA, Fla. -- Attention, all schools scheduled to face Georgia between 2009 and 2012. If you want a significant advantage, begin recruiting
Giddins, a defensive end, and Smith, a linebacker, are the soul of the Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) defense. They have all the physical tools to succeed at their positions, and their teammates would follow them into a live volcano if they asked. And, most importantly for the seven schools that face Georgia every year, they have the number of future Bulldogs quarterback
Giddins, Smith and the rest of the Armwood defense terrorized Murray last Friday in a sloppy 9-2 win over Murray's Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) team. Murray, the MVP of the Elite 11 Camp who threw for a Florida-record 51 touchdowns as a junior, completed 17 of 36 passes for 120 yards. Most of the night, he either ran for his life or looked up from beneath a pile of Armwood defenders. In three meetings in 2007 and 2008, Murray has thrown zero touchdowns against the Hawks.
"Aaron Murray has never thrown a touchdown pass against us," Giddins said. "And he never will."
Now, if you have Georgia on your schedule, isn't that the attitude you want from your pass rushers? And wouldn't it be nice to have a player who knows intimately the weaknesses of a quarterback who typically picks apart every defense he faces?
Of the teams that face the Bulldogs annually, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee have offered the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Giddins. He also has received interest from Clemson, North Carolina, USC and hometown South Florida. Last Saturday, he took in the Florida-Miami game, but he wasn't there to see both teams. "Miami's not looking at me anymore," Giddins said Friday. After Giddins dominated Plant, Hurricanes coaches may want to look again.
Smith, a 6-foot, 230-pounder, also could come in handy for schools that must eventually face Murray. He flies from sideline to sideline, and when he has a head of steam on a blitz, he can blast through offensive linemen. Auburn has the inside track on Smith, whose brother,
With all that defensive firepower, it's no wonder Murray has struggled against the Hawks. But don't be fooled. Despite his team's dominance, Armwood coach
"If you let Aaron Murray stand back there he's gonna make you pay for it," Callahan said. "He's so good, he gets lucky a couple of times, too."
Murray, who limped off the field after Hadley intercepted a pass originally tipped by Giddins to seal the win, handled the loss with class. He praised the Hawks, and then he said something that should please Georgia fans. Despite all the punishment he's taken from Armwood, Murray wants another shot at the Hawks.
"It's definitely disappointing. But we've just got to work hard," Murray said. "We've got nine more games in the regular season. If we win those, and if we win the first two playoff games, we'll see them again."
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