ATHENS -- Losing is never easy. Georgia learned that in many ways following its 35-7 defeat at the hands of South Carolina on Oct. 6.
Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray was at the forefront of the headlines, not only because of his weekend on the field, but because of the worst 12 hours of his life as he described via twitter.
That stretch included returning to his house, which had been hit with eggs and toilet paper, and hearing about his father being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
It was rough between the (house) and the game, Murray said. It obviously was not our best performance, so it was pretty hard to come to that. To get home and see your house egged and (littered with toilet paper), it definitely hurts a lot.
Murray and his teammates, although disappointed in the vandalism, believe it was an isolated incident.
Its a small group, Murrays roommate and senior linebacker Christian Robinson said. Thats what Ive been told is that its a small group of people. Right when it happened, I literally had like 700 people tweeting me reminding me of that. That was a big thing, especially in our house. Aaron was going through a tough time and we wanted to be there for him. A lot of fans heard what happened and really just surrounded him.
Murray and the Bulldogs return to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Kentucky. Georgia is 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. Florida has taken the lead in the SEC East at 5-0 in the conference while South Carolina is 4-1.
Tons of support, Murray said when asked about any positive words he received from fans. Tons of e-mails, Facebook messages, Twitter messages from people. It was awesome. Ninety to 95 percent of the fans are true (Georgia) fans who will stick with us through good times, bad times. Theyre going to be there to support us, which is awesome.
In spite of the whirlwind of off-field activity, the team has regained its sense of normalcy during the bye week, including a solid week of practices, which included a full contact day Wednesday. Along with returning to regular practices, the off-field headlines have re-emphasized an overall perspective for this Georgia team.
Theres never a good time to hear about your father having a situation like that, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. It does help you get everything else in perspective, whether it was the game itself or what happened after the game to his home. When you hear the type of news he heard about his father in some ways, it helped him realize that, hey, football is important, and it is important to him and to us, but it pales in comparison to the health of your father. If youre going to hear some news like that, it probably, in some ways, helps him get over what happened in the South Carolina game and move on, be thankful.
It does put everything in perspective about whats most important in your life, Murray said, whos most important in your life and putting those things first.