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Aaron Murray takes aim at elite Florida cornerbacks

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Georgia QB Aaron Murray had a chance Saturday to impress scouts in a game against a good Florida secondary.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray faced the most heralded trio of cornerbacks in the nation, top NFL draft prospects Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, plus star freshman Vernon Hargreaves of Florida. NFL scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans were on hand to witness the results. Here is a close look at how Murray fared when targeting receivers covered by UF's cornerback trio:

Hargreaves: Murray went after the freshman early with a couple of short routes in the flat to Michael Bennett that weren't explosive, but helped move the chains on an opening touchdown drive. ... On subsequent early possessions, it became clear Murray wanted to pick on the freshman if possible. Murray moved the chains on Hargreaves again with a 14-yard completion to Bennett on a dig route in the middle of the field. Hargreaves was beaten two other times early, but was fortunate that both passes were incomplete. A deep pass to Reggie Davis was poorly thrown for an incompletion, but had Hargreaves turned the wrong way. Later, Rantavious Wooten beat Hargreaves to the corner of the end zone on a lob that should have been an easy touchdown, but Wooten dropped a well-thrown pass. ... The assault on Hargreaves continued on the final drive of the first half, as Murray completed passes of 19 yards over the middle, and again for 12 yards on a slant, both to Bennett. That set up a field goal to extend Georgia's lead to 23-3. ... In the second half, Georgia went to a more conservative offense with a comfortable lead, and Murray didn't throw quite as much as a result. Bennett dropped a pass on an out route, and Wooten caught a 6-yard drag route on Hargreaves in the fourth quarter.

Roberson: Murray tested the junior early with a deep sideline pass intended for Wooten, but Roberson had rock-solid coverage and broke it up nicely. ... Near the end of the first half, Wooten beat Roberson on a deep route along the left sideline, but Murray overthrew the pass. ... Murray found Rhett McGowan on an out route for a gain of 14 on Roberson in the fourth quarter.

Purifoy: Murray only tested Purifoy one time, in the first half, and the star junior reminded him why. On a quick slant pass intended for McGowan, Purifoy read the route and broke up the pass nicely from behind.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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