'Not ready to leave just yet'

ATHENS, Ga. -- As it turned out, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray didn't seek out a big platform, call a press conference or schedule some drawn-out ceremony.

(Photo by Evan Stichler/UGA Sports Communications)

Instead, he used his Twitter feed on Sunday night to quickly tell Georgia fans something they really wanted to hear: He wasn't going anywhere yet.

"Blessed to be the QB for the Dawgs," Murray tweeted. "Not ready to leave just yet. Time to get back to work & help lead this team to a championship #GoDawgs."

And with that, arguably the biggest question of Georgia's offseason was suddenly answered.

Three-year starting quarterback Murray therefore offered confirmation -- via Twitter, but confirmation nonetheless -- that he's planning to return for his senior season in Athens.

A UGA spokesman independently has confirmed Murray's tweet.

Murray will be rejoining an offense that was among the best in school history this past season and now loses only two starters to graduation in seniors Tavarres King and Marlon Brown.

In doing so, he will be taking a run at a title to go along with numerous school records and perhaps a Heisman Trophy candidacy.

"Aaron Murray is the ultimate Georgia Bulldog," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "He loves everything about being at Georgia, and his No. 1 goal is winning a championship for UGA."

Murray had been guarded about his decision for weeks, saying he would return home after the Capital One Bowl and discuss it with his family. He said during a television appearance that he received a grade of 2nd-3rd round from the NFL's draft advisory board.

Several sources has indicated in recent hours, days -- and weeks, really -- that Murray was leaning toward returning, but Murray had yet to offer any solid confirmation at all of his intentions until his tweet Sunday night.

Spring semester classes at UGA start Monday.

With Murray confirmed to be returning, defensive lineman Kwame Geathers is the only UGA junior believed to still be weighing an NFL decision. Linebackers Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones have each confirmed intentions to forego final seasons and declare for the NFL Draft.

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