Murray, Jones honored by SEC; Murray top freshman in nation in pass efficiency

Georgia piled up 547 yards and 43 points against Vanderbilt on Saturday, and two UGA players were honored today by the SEC for their parts in the rout.

Quarterback Aaron Murray was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week, and center Ben Jones was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the first time since 2008.

Murray, a redshirt freshman, had a season-high 287 yards passing (15-for-24, two touchdowns, no interceptions) and a season-high 190.4 passing efficiency rating in the victory over Vandy. For the season, Murray’s pass efficiency mark of 157.2 ranks No. 18 in the nation –- and No. 1 among freshmen. Murray has thrown 12 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.

Jones, a junior, received the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honor after grading out at 83 percent overall, including 100 percent on pass plays, against Vanderbilt. He had a team-high 20 knockdown blocks, according to UGA statistics. Georgia allowed no sacks of Murray in the game and had a 37:15-22:45 advantage in time of possession.

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Dwayne

October 18th, 2010
11:44 am

GaTruth

October 18th, 2010
11:45 am

The Truth will set you FREE!

GaTruth

October 18th, 2010
11:46 am

Funny how all the skepticism was about Murray at the beginning of the year. The kid is the definition of a “Gamer” – he brings a different level of desire into games and performs better than at practice.

Gatorshane

October 18th, 2010
11:49 am

he beats the hell out of Brantley at Florida right now. Murray is playing well and having Green back is has made all the difference in the world. I am scared to death of the Dawgs in Jax right now.

Brian

October 18th, 2010
11:53 am

Gatorshane, you make a good point and it’s nice to see a comment from an opposing fan that is not bashing Georgia. To be honest, I still expect Florida to beat us. I think we’re certainly capable of beating them, but some years Georgia goes into Jacksonville like they have ZERO

Bryan G.

October 18th, 2010
11:53 am

Let’s see how Murray and the Dawgs do on the road this week. I hope UGA keeps in going…

Brian

October 18th, 2010
11:54 am

- confidence and just choke under the pressure. All the penalities and turnovers last year were a good example. Hopefully both teams improve and play like they’re capable of in Jacksonville.

Dawwgrl

October 18th, 2010
12:00 pm

Murray’s play has impressed me the season – glad to have him! Hopefully the Dawgs will continue this game play for the rest of the season.

Dawg_Mike

October 18th, 2010
12:05 pm

Yes, and I have noticed an absence of the idiots calling Murray a midget as well.
Kid’s got heart and that cannot be coached, much like number 15 had for UF.

Dawg_Mike

October 18th, 2010
12:07 pm

Speaking of UF, if you still had Cam Newton you would be undefeated and Auburn would have only won once or twice.

dawgfacedboy

October 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

He’s nice to have but they’ve already proven their offense is inept without AJ. Better find someone who can step for next year or it won’t matter how good Murray is.

Exley DAWG

October 18th, 2010
12:11 pm

Mettenburger who?

dawgster

October 18th, 2010
12:11 pm

Tide Roll…where are you…Ben Jones, lineman of the week…how did Bama miss out on this guy, i mean what are they doing over there….ok everyone, i’m just making fun of Tide Roll…all he has done was criticize our players and coaches for who they didn’t get or didn’t sign a scholarship to the dawgs…and for all you guys that called Murray a midget, well he looks pretty good right now..i imagine the gators would gladly take him as their QB…you are so right Dawg_Mike…you can’t measure heart and the will to win…go dawgs…

Dave

October 18th, 2010
12:12 pm

Cam Newton scares the hayell outta me. Seems unfair that someone his size can still scramble so good. I’m just hoping to get out of Lexington alive after what I’ve seen from them. They beat SC and scare Auburn to death. Of course, they also made Florida’s offense look like Tebow was back. Wonder which KY team shows up this Saturday. Dawgs are confident, Cats are confident…..gotta stop Cobb, though.

SadDawg

October 18th, 2010
12:23 pm

Yeah, and Dave, the Cats gotta stop Murray . . .

Jamaica Dawg

October 18th, 2010
12:25 pm

Kudos to Murray and Jones, they played great! It’s a shame that Defenses don’t get the Glory that offensive players get, as a shutout in SEC play is a hell of an accomplishment (even for a Vandy). Grantham and the D rocked it this week!! Justin Houston better win an award this week, the guy is unstoppable and makes offenses have to scheme against him. Houston, keep up the great work, you are a dam good dawg and a true Junkyarder!! “Offenses sell tickets, defenses win championships”

Jamaica Dawg

October 18th, 2010
12:27 pm

Cam Newton is playing really well, but its a risky strategy to rush your QB frequently like that, especially in the SEC….

Dawgs62

October 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

The key to Georgia’s sucess will be on the road.So I’ll reserve all rights say anything until I see them play in Lexington. This game will go alone ways in determing how the confidence of this team.is going into these last two road games. Gators and Tigers!!!!!!!

patrick

October 18th, 2010
12:35 pm

even without AJ his numbers where impressive. UGA lost by 2 points, twice by 3 points and once by 11.

JB

October 18th, 2010
12:37 pm

Murray is the real deal…… Soph jinx ? AJ & Durham leaving, don’t ask me……..but Gators would kill to have Murray running their missing offense about now. The kid is a winner and talented…..

Dawg Schmitt

October 18th, 2010
12:42 pm

Amen Jamaica Dawg.
Cam Newton goes down and so do the War Eagle Plainsman Tigers.

Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
12:43 pm

Murrays record has ballooned because of weak competition the last two weeks. Next year the sophomore jinx will follow him and teams will know how to defend the midget.

Jeff

October 18th, 2010
12:46 pm

After Stafford and Cox how GREAT it is to have a QB like Aaron Murray. The kid is a Gamer in every sense of the word and NOBODY plays harder and LOVES UGA more than him. Stafford may be making millions in the NFL but he doesnt come close to this guy where it matters….desire, loyality and LEADER…..

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October 18th, 2010
12:49 pm

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Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
12:50 pm

Aaron Murray couldnt hold Matt Staffords jock strap. Mark Richt wasted the talents of Stafford and Moreno. This was another year a Mark Richt coached team didnt score a TD against SC. Pathetic !

Old Dawg

October 18th, 2010
12:51 pm

Like Andre Ware mentioned during Saturday’s game, Murray needs to learn how to slide after making a good run. The lick he took from the Vandy defensive lineman could have been very costly. Overall, he’s playing outstanding football.

The defense will have its hands full stopping UK. But if they can win in Lexington the momentum will be good going into Jacksonville. Florida as this week off to regroup and recharge. But they’re playing flat.

Let’s hope UGA’s momentum continues and the Dawgs beat the swamp lizards!!

H-Town Dawg

October 18th, 2010
12:51 pm

I thought i would never say this..Finally a back to back win. I think the pep talks by older great Georgia ball players is proving to be good and we need that for the remainder of the season. In addition to our guys on defense learning the scheme and getting more comfortable, i think the o-line is starting to realize they are decent up front. The backs are running hard and blocking extremely well. As long as we keep our tight ends involved in the game plan we will create mismatches in both skill groups(wr’s and te’s). Our defense is getting better, but in order to reach greatness we must stay fundamentally sound, make sure tackles and limit big plays in the passing game. Protect our young QB Murray so he can continue to play within our offensive system, let him be the dual threat that he is and make plays with his arm and feet. Coach Richt, Coach Grantham and Coach Bobo let’s win 1 play at a time 1 game at a time. We will reach greatness!!!

SadDawg

October 18th, 2010
12:57 pm

Sorry, Odell, check out their first 7 games stats. Not even close, Murray is way better, and he doesn’t have a running game.

And, if, if it’s true “Richt wasted Stafford’s talents,” um, he’s still the one coaching Murray.

Dufus.

Thirtyfour Cent

October 18th, 2010
12:58 pm

Murray is a very good quarterback and apparently a class guy. Unfortunately he is playing for an undisciplined team of individuals and a clueless coach.

Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
1:02 pm

SadDawg….. you are sad….Stafford was a true freshman dufus!

Bulldawg Richie

October 18th, 2010
1:05 pm

Murray has surprised me with both his passing and running ability. However, the most surprising thing is that a UGA lineman was named sec offensive lineman of the week. They are finally starting to block a little.

Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
1:06 pm

That midget better learn how to slide too or he is gonna get popped real good when he faces true competition.

Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
1:07 pm

Wow lineman of the week against Vandy…. now thats real impressive. Whoopity Do !

UGA Advocate

October 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

I’ve said it all along…This Murray kid is a winner and I”m proud to have him steering our ship

UGA Advocate

October 18th, 2010
1:11 pm

@ Odell

That’s a big acomplishment….What have you ever WON..other than “loser name” award?

Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
1:18 pm

@ Uga Advocate ………………… You get the “Blind Homer Award” Now go back downstairs in your mommies basement and blog away.

RxDawg

October 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

“I’m just hoping to get out of Lexington alive after what I’ve seen from them. ”

Ditto Dave. The word Florida shouldn’t be mentioned by any UGA fan this week… unless there is a vacation involved.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

October 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

murray is getting better and better as the season progresses. i think its safe to say that we have a solid QB for the next 3 years. good to see ealey not fumbling the ball. now lets take care of the cats and get ready for the showdown w/ the gators.

HBTD

October 18th, 2010
1:25 pm

Hey Odell, who’s your team?

Sam

October 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

Don’t get excited, it was Vandy after all.

Murray has been the real deal all year long even in the losses. it looks like the coaches are finally letting him be the QB that he is.

As for it being dangerous to run the QB in the SEC, yeah Florida really sucked with that Qb who ran a lot for the previous 4 years. Murray cannot take the punishment Newton can since Murray is at least 5 inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter.

Remember Jared Larenzen (spelling is probably wrong) from Kentucky a few years back? He was huge, but immobile. The QBs now are a little smaller but so much more mobile.

cadawg

October 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

jamaicadawg is right about cam newton; remember what happened to tebow in 2007. the cumulative effect of all those hits may well start to pile up toward the end of the year.

@dawgster: LOL about tide roll. that guy kills me.

UGA Insider

October 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

Look for CMR and UGA to get back on the map with a very big road victory Saturday night. We will catch UK coming down and thump them by 35 or 40. Many will take notice and say we are the best team in the SEC East heading into Jax and all the pressure will somehow move to us heading into that game. CMR must deal with it and win in order to keep UGA in the SEC East race and keep us on pace to have one of the biggest showdown’s ever in the UGA/AU rivalry. This season is just beginning my friends!

Odell Sims

October 18th, 2010
1:33 pm

Murray will be like just another Kyle Parker @ Clempson. Good Freshman year and a lousy Sophomore year when opposing teams adjust.

HBTD

October 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Odell, are you an insect????

question?

October 18th, 2010
1:46 pm

Mr. Tucker or anyone else that may know the answer to my question: If uga finishes with the best record in the SEC East, will they be eligible to play in the SEC Championship game? Thank you.

gordonguy

October 18th, 2010
1:52 pm

Odell…your comments would be much more impressive if you’d learn how to spell and/or type. Oh, and learn how to think, too.

Mark (another one)

October 18th, 2010
1:54 pm

I am a Georgia fan but remember that we have to play our remaining SEC games away from Samford Stadium. Kentucky at Kentucky, Florida in Jax, and Auburn at Auburn.

This team is coming on but so are most SEC teams. Players have gained game experience, and mistakes have been corrected. The challenge is now doing it on the road. Richt has a great road record but there will be less margin for error.

Nervous Gator or Bug?

October 18th, 2010
1:57 pm

Hey Odell u must be a nervous lizard or a bug thinking about trying to stop Murray,Green,Charles,King,White !!!!!!!

just a fan

October 18th, 2010
2:01 pm

I like the fact that we do not have a week off before florduh so we can keep up the momentum we have going into UK, that is going to be one tough game for us but we are improving and we have a great young QB so I like our chances this weekend

Dean Tate

October 18th, 2010
2:18 pm

Murray is the real deal.