New Plant QB earns preseason raves

By Joey Knight
Published July 27, 2007

TAMPA - More than five weeks before his first regular-season varsity start, Plant junior quarterback Aaron Murray has proven he can perform among the nation's elite.

At least from an accuracy standpoint.

The heir to 2006 Florida Mr. Football Robert Marve, Murray finished the four-day EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp Thursday with the most overall points in the event's "Golden Gun" accuracy contest.

The accuracy challenge - featuring the camp's 11 "elite" prep quarterbacks, some college signal-callers and other select campers such as Murray - was staged each day at the conclusion of the camp held in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Murray, who sustained a torn right labrum only 10 months ago, won the first day's contest and finished with a four-day total of 58 points - 11 better than the overall runnerup.

"I think his arm is back at the point now where it's stronger than it was before," said Panthers coach Bob Weiner, who joined Murray's family at the camp. "He just doesn't have the endurance at this point."

Murray, who led Plant to the title in a 24-team seven-on-seven tournament in Miami this month, sustained his injury while playing defense in a game against Freedom last September. Weiner said a torn labrum typically requires a 15-month recovery period.

"This (camp) was good," said Weiner, adding Murray has received three scholarship offers. "It kind of stretched him out a little bit, but not too much."