ATHENS, Ga. | Aaron Murray had something to prove Wednesday.
Only 141 days after the quarterback underwent surgery for a torn ACL, Murray provided a fresh reminder that he still knows how to sling the ball around.
Murray completed 48 of 54 scripted passes on a breezy pro day at Georgia’s practice fields.
“Hopefully after today, we’ll start hearing some more noise,” Murray said. “Just showing to everyone that I’m ready to go.”
The 6-foot-1/2 inch, 204-pound Murray and 14 other former Georgia players worked out in front of representatives of 23 NFL teams. The NFL draft is May 8-10.
Six teams had asked Murray for private workouts, visits or both before Wednesday.
“I think I’ve shown everyone they don’t have to worry about my injury,” Murray said. “It’s not going to stop me from being able to compete this year. Now it’s just a matter of what teams like me and what teams don’t and who’s willing to draft me.”
The Jaguars’ Gus Bradley was the only head coach in attendance. The Jaguars had seven people from the organization on hand, including offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. The Jaguars staff coached at the Senior Bowl, where Murray spent a few days around the South team, even though he wasn’t playing.
“We have, as much as you can, a good feel for his personality, his competitiveness,” Bradley said. “That’s off the charts. Then to see how fast he came back and how he’s doing it and the drills that he did, very impressive. ... The big thing was to see how he’s progressed through that injury and how he’s come back. If nothing else, it shows how competitive he is. To come back from an injury like that, I think it just reassured us of what we thought we already knew.”
Murray said he had no hesitation making his throws, running and cutting before an audience for the first time since he injured his left knee against Kentucky on Nov. 23. It cut short the college career of the Southeastern Conference’s leader in passing yards (13,166) and touchdown passes (121).
Aside from Scelfo, three other quarterbacks coaches — Wade Wilson (Dallas), Zac Taylor (Miami) and Frank Cignetti (St. Louis) — were present.
Murray’s parents, sister and girlfriend watched, along with former Georgia players A.J. Green, Shawn Williams, David Greene and Dennis Roland.
Terry Shea, who worked with former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford before his NFL combine, ran Murray’s throwing session.
“It was a very ambitious script, in my opinion, because we moved him around so much,” Shea said. “That was paramount because we wanted to demonstrate his health, that he’s 100 percent healthy, and I believe he obviously answered those questions.”
Murray threw mostly to receivers Rantavious Wooten, Rhett McGowan, tight end Arthur Lynch and running back Brandon Harton and took snaps from Chris Burnette.
“I had a blast,” Murray said. “It’s officially now my last time throwing on this field, really.”
Added Lynch: “I think Aaron did a good job. Obviously, there were some drops out there, but I thought all the balls were on the money. For a guy who had surgery four months ago, he showed that his knee was strong, and he didn’t lose any athleticism. If anything, he probably got stronger. He’s in really good shape.”
It wasn’t quite the frozen tundra of Green Bay, but the day began with a freeze warning. It climbed into the 50s while Murray was throwing in the late morning.
It should be a much smaller draft class for the Bulldogs than last year, when eight players were taken, including four in the top 84 led by first-round draft picks Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree.
No Georgia player is listed in the NFL Network’s top five players by position.
That includes Murray, who is currently considered a third-day choice, perhaps in the fourth round.