Georgia QB Aaron Murray in line for All-SEC honors as sophomore

Aaron Murray has passed for 14 TDs and 2 interceptions in Georgia's last four games. (UGA photo by Elizabeth Wilson)

Aaron Murray has passed for 14 TDs and 2 interceptions in Georgia's last four games. (UGA photo by Elizabeth Wilson)

ATHENS — Greetings everyone. Sitting here waiting for Georgia to take Woodruff Practice Fields for another SEC Championship workout. I’m working today on story about Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray.

I’ve been taking a look at some of the best UGA quarterbacks of the past and some of the best quarterbacks from around the nation this season to try to get an idea of where Murray might stack up. A consensus preseason All-SEC selection, Murray appears to be the most likely choice for postseason All-SEC quarterback. If so, that’s quite an accomplishment for any quarterback in this league but especially for a sophomore.

I asked Mike Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (and a former UGA quarterbaback himself), where he thought Murray might stack up since he’s been around.

“I still think he’s so young,” Bobo said. “He has a tremendously high ceiling still because there’s a lot that we can improve on each week. He’s still performing at a high level. As far as guys I’ve had here, I don’t want to rank them but I will say he prepares harder than anybody I’ve ever had, hands down. I think that’s why he’s had a lot of success and I think he’ll continue to do that. Where he ranks, where everybody thinks of him as a quarterback here or in the SEC or nationally, that’s yet to be determined. He still has two more years after this year.”

I’ll just share with you some of lists I’m working with. You tell me about the job you think Murray has done, how you think he’ll do against LSU’s daunting defense and maybe where you believe he might stack up this year and in UGA history.

UGA’S TOP 10 SEASONS

Note: There were a couple of seasons where a particular quarterback may have had more yards. But I picked seasons where the TD-to-interception ratio was impressive as well. These are not ranked. They’re listed chronologically. . . .

Year–Player———–Yards—TDs—INTs

2011–Aaron Murray—-2,698—32—10

2010–Aaron Murray—-3,049—24—-8

2009–Joe Cox———–2,584—24—15

2008–Matt Stafford—–3,459—25—10

2005–D.J. Shockley—–2,588—24—5

2004–David Greene—–2,508—20—4

2002–David Greene—–2,924—22—8

1999–Quincy Carter—–2,713—17—6

1997–Mike Bobo———2,751—19—8

1993–Eric Zeier———-3,525—24—15

FIVE OF NATION’S BEST 2011

Player, school, year—- Comp. %–Yards–TDs–INTs

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, Sr. —72.7–2,692–28–3

Robert Griffin, Baylor, Jr.——-72.6–3,678–34–5

Case Keenum, Houston, Sr.—–73.2–4,726–42–3

Kellen Moore, Boise St., Sr.—–73.1–3,194–38–7

Andrew Luck, Stanford, Sr.—–69.9–3,170–35–9

SEC’S BEST in 2011

Aaron Murray, Georgia, So.—–61.0–2,698–32–10

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, Jr.—–63.1–3,422–22–6

A.J. McCarron, Alabama, So.—-66.7–2,400–16–5

Jarrett Lee, LSU, Sr.————64.6–1,306–14–3

Connor Shaw, S. Carolina, So.—-65.5–1,218–12–6

177 comments Add your comment

Paul Johnson isn't building anything

November 30th, 2011
3:58 pm

Aaron Murray 0-7 vs all teams finishing top 25 all years he has been here.

run up my stats vs teams not 1 of which is ranked in any poll

November 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

Lose every game to every team who ends up Top 25.

That makes me what ?

The best quarterback ?

Says who ?

Bitterness stings

November 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

The first (two) posters…..What a BITTER Tech fan who stalks this blog in hopes of a chance to spew his drivel

Bitterness= Aaron Murray lighting up Tech’s defense for 7 TDs in only 2 career COFH games.

62-39-5….. and growing!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

Get Your Facts Straight

November 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

Georgia has faced four teams this year that were ranked at the time: Boise State, South Carolina, Auburn, and Tech. In those four games, Murray has a 14-3 TD/INT ratio. Which means that hes doing a good job against quality teams as well. Get your facts straight.

bitter QB

November 30th, 2011
4:09 pm

its all about how you finish————- from plant city to the big stage——–just saying

BigDawg

November 30th, 2011
4:11 pm

GT, envy and jealousy rule you just like UGA! Nice stadium and safe campus you have there. NOT! Go join your tickle pile!

GTBob

November 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Murray appears to be the most likely choice for postseason All-SEC quarterback.

Of course he is. The SEC isn’t exactly a strong QB conference right now.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

Aaron is doing great and everybody knows that. Not only that, but our protection has been weak at times this year. If you protect Murray, he can pick any D apart. The great thing is that our receivers are all back next year, except White, so we are loaded for bear. If our O line can protect him Saturday, then I expect a lot of points for UGA. If not, it may be tough. I sure hope we have some schemes in place to get him away from the big LSU rush…Go Dawgs.

bitter kirk herb street

November 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

at espn we dont show love to UGA——only the ohio st—–cars planes and trains——the best

————————for our gangsters—–aka—–cryer meyer

ARdawg

November 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

“Of course he is. The SEC isn’t exactly a strong QB conference right now.”

GTBob
Wahhhhh Wahhhhh Wahhhhh And STILL better than the AllCupcakeConference

Army Strong

November 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

I’ll take a 10-2 QB any way you slice the stats

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Bob, one would think you would have developed some respect considering the spanking Murray put on your boys on Saturday. We were so far down the depth chart at TB that it was the freshman player’s first start at UGA. So sitting on our passing game, Murray gashed you with four TDs, and now you hate and boast away…hard to follow is a charitable description.

dawgfan

November 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

GTBob, everyone can’t have a rocket-armed talent like Tevin Washington on their squad. LMAO!!

Georgia Tech=JOKE today, JOKE tomorrow, JOKE forever.

You are dismissed.

george

November 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

i like murray,but i would pick wilson from arkansas as the conference qb. murray sure has a great future though.

Seriously

November 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

bitter QB – its all about how you finish————- from plant city to the big stage——–just saying

Murray is from Plant HS in Tampa, not Plant City- clueless

dkg

November 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

The verdict is still out on Murray. I think that he eventually will become a great quarterback. Do I believe he should be an all sec qb quaterback? Yes. God knows what he would be doing if he were in the ACC with their weak defenses. I would also like to see Abry Jones, Jarvis Jones, A. Olgtree, Boykin and smith make all sec honors for the work they have done on our defense.

Bad Dawg

November 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

In five seasons when Mark Richt played a quarterback starting for the first time, Georgia went 41-23 (.640), with one 10-win season. That would have been senior D.J. Shockley, who played regularly in previous years behind David Greene, leading the Dawgs to a 10-3 record and the SEC title. In the six seasons in which Richt has had a returning starter at quarterback, the Dawgs are 65-13 (.833) with one SEC title and four SEC East championships.

UGA Alumnus

November 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

better than a lot

November 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Each on of those top 5 Qb’s in the nation play is SISSY conferences. Murray plays a man’s game in toughest conference. He should get it just for being a starter in the SEC

UGA Alumnus

November 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

I’m still campaigning…

Let’s end the generic internet tradition of posting “First” on these blogs and replace it with
a real Bulldog tradition of posting, “Go Dawgs!”

Let’s start this tradition! And join me in the campaign!

Go Dawgs!!!

Pigskin History

November 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Murray is solid at third place in the SEC this year. He’s the best QB in the East Division.

Top Row Dog

November 30th, 2011
4:30 pm

Well AM has beaten two ranked teams in last 3 games and MSU plus UF were ranked at one time this year. Fact is he has beaten 6 bowl bound teams.

The streak lives CMR always wins 10 games with a returning QB.

Born2Bark

November 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Murray does a great job when he is well protected. Last year and the early part of this year he was on his back a lot or not comfortable in the pocket. Notice the games he has when he has a little time.

Junior Samples

November 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

techsters are saying uga played a mediocre schedule ….and leading the pack of all the medocrity is ga tech. while your coach was out frying fish uga was putting his foot on your neck.

Pigskin History

November 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

He looked pretty good against NMSU.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

I think it is safe to say that his performance Saturday will be a key factor. If he has a great day and wins, he is probably the undisputed leader. If he has a great day and loses, then we’ll see. If he has a terrible day, he could lose some luster.

GTBob

November 30th, 2011
4:35 pm

Honestly, who is Murray’s competition? Aside from Aaron Rodgers little brother I have trouble remembering who the other SEC QB’s even are.

Cmon man

November 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

@gt bob how can any tech fan honestly speak on qbs? Washington completed more passes to uga than he did to tech. And lets not forget tech started reggie ball for 4 yrs. Speaking on qbs is foreign territory for tech fans you should stick to talking about sat scores or campus robberies.

Bad Dawg

November 30th, 2011
4:48 pm

I would relatively agree with GT Bob. It appears as if the SEC has only the 3rd best quarterback conference behind the Pac-12 and Big 12 but besides Arkansas and Tennessee (when they had Tyler Bray starting and Justin Hunter healthy) most teams in the SEC are more balanced or run heavy. So it is still yet to be seen how good the qb’s are not to mention the east being down this year. According to the stats:
rank att comp pct yds yds per att long td int sack qbr
114 Morgan Newton, QB UK 174 83 47.7 793 4.6 46 8 7 18 93.1
88 Jordan Rodgers, QB VAN 202 104 51.5 1498 7.4 73 9 9 10 119.6
86 Chris Relf, QB MSST 171 102 59.6 1083 6.3 44 9 7 11 122.0
43 John Brantley, QB FLA 224 132 58.9 1912 8.5 83 10 6 13 140.0
37 Connor Shaw, QB SCAR 171 112 65.5 1218 7.1 55 12 6 19 141.5
30 Tyler Bray, QB TENN 247 147 59.5 1983 8.0 81 17 6 11 144.8
25 Tyler Wilson, QB ARK 407 257 63.1 3422 8.4 68 22 6 23 148.7
23 AJ McCarron, QB ALA 294 196 66.7 2400 8.2 69 16 5 11 149.8
14 Aaron Murray, QB UGA 331 202 61.0 2698 8.2 75 32 10 24 155.4
*per 14 passing attempts in each game listed from the best to the worst
Statistically Murray has the best qbr but all things considered it is misleading as well as other stats
He has gotten better though and one of the best qb’s in the sec in my opinion

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
4:52 pm

BadDawg, part of the problem is the level of play in which they compete. Four of the top five Ds, and five of the top ten, are SEC. It is a tough place to play offense.

bruce mac

November 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

So, GTBob how do you think it is going to work out next year when he is a junior and the game is in Athens. Sorry man, the futre of UGA is bright and your school, OH WELL??? At least you can lead the ACC in rushing and go to some obscure bowl game and lose as usual.

Pigskin History

November 30th, 2011
4:55 pm

@CHDawg

Good point. In addition, a ball control style of offense with a strong running game does not enhance a good quarterback’s statistics.

sammiamm

November 30th, 2011
4:57 pm

He looked GREAT against Tech. And he will again in 2012, and 2013.

We have that, at minimum, to look forward to.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

True, Pigskin. That is one reason why Bama’s QBs don’t jump out at you. When you have Ingram and Richardson, who needs a QB? Humor intended…

Bad Dawg

November 30th, 2011
4:59 pm

Come on now GTBob do not be so oblivious I am trying to be reasonable with you. To say the SEC has no qb’s is a little ignorant all things considered not to mention the SEC recruits the best qb’s. Auburn has Kiehl Frazier who does not start yet but was highly recruited, Aaron Murray was the #3 qb coming out of high school as well as guys like Hutson Mason and Christian Lemay waiting in the wings. Alabama has A.J. McCarron who was one of the top 10 qb’s when he came out as well as the highly touted Phillip Sims. Florida’s John Brantley also highly touted along with Jeff Driskell and Jacoby Brissett. Tennesse’s Tyler Bray one of the top Qb’s coming out of California etc. etc.
There is no shortage of talent my friend but SEC offenses are not exactly built to be high powered passing attacks except for Arkansas and maybe Tennessee. I am sure if they played in the Big 12 where they pass 60% of the time and choose whether or not they want to play defense there numbers would be inflated as well.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
5:01 pm

On the what if front…what if we hadn’t lost Harmon and Sturdivant this year? We could have kept Glenn and Anderson at guard and I think we would be undefeated with a top ten offense, in addition to our top ten D. We have done pretty well as it is. Should’a, could’a, would’a, but it hurts to think about it. Maybe seasoning the young guards makes us that much better next year?

Bad Dawg

November 30th, 2011
5:03 pm

Good point CHDawg how could I forget about those nasty SEC defenses. Thanks for helping my argument though.
What do you think GTBob?

kevin

November 30th, 2011
5:03 pm

I see that GTBob is back on the interwebs gracing us with his idiocy again.

ARdawg

November 30th, 2011
5:07 pm

Reasonable with Bob? Preposterous. Bob is only about bending, twisting and manipulation of facts. This is the same Bob declaring the 6-0 GT nerds were headed to the BCS *reminding*

FAN

November 30th, 2011
5:07 pm

what happen to LSU QB last two years of stats nothing change still the same JEFFERSON

TampaDawg

November 30th, 2011
5:09 pm

Paul Johnson isn’t building anything

November 30th, 2011
3:58 pm

Aaron Murray 0-7 vs all teams finishing top 25 all years he has been here.
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But shockingly he has been there without a red shirt for less than 2 years.

And the “finished in the top 25″ is kind of deceiving. But let’s analyze how we got here, shall we.

First, it was Aaron Murray has never beaten a team with a winning record. Beat the Gators, and they had a winning record at the time.

Second, it was Aaron Murray has never beaten a ranked team. Beat Auburn when they were ranked in the BCS.

Third, it was Aaron Murray can’t beat a decent team without a running game. Hard to say, but Tech at least ranks as a decent team and it’s easy to say, we had no running game for that one.

Now it’s Aaron Murray has never beaten a team that finished in the top 25 in ALL his years. Well, considering this year isn’t over, it’s still a possibility and a good one at that with a bowl win or, Heaven forbid, a SECCG win. In all his years? that’s funny stuff right there.

GTBob

November 30th, 2011
5:10 pm

Bad Dawg, I have no doubt that there are guys in the SEC who were highly recruited. It doesn’t mean they are doing much now. Go take a look at the national passing statistics. There are no SEC quarterbacks near the top of any category. You may be right, the run heavy mindset of the SEC probably influences that but you would think someone from the SEC would emerge as a big time college QB on a national level.

TampaDawg

November 30th, 2011
5:11 pm

GTBob

November 30th, 2011
4:35 pm

Honestly, who is Murray’s competition? Aside from Aaron Rodgers little brother I have trouble remembering who the other SEC QB’s even are.
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From a guy who’s favorite team plays in the ACC, that’s pretty funny. Well, if we are talking good QBs you can leave Tevin Washington out of it.

Bad Dawg

November 30th, 2011
5:12 pm

Give GTBob a chance kevin although he is a tech fan. I respect his presence because it keeps me from “drinking the kool-aid” if you will. If everyone on this blog agreed then it would be no fun. I welcome the “trolls”, haters, techies, etc…

TampaDawg

November 30th, 2011
5:13 pm

At number 7 in the nation in one VERY important statistic is Aaron Murray with 32 Touchdowns!

GTBob

November 30th, 2011
5:13 pm

ARdawg, I am still waiting for you to find the blog where I said GT was going to the BCS title game. You can easily make me disappear forever if you find it.

GTBob

November 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

Well, if we are talking good QBs you can leave Tevin Washington out of it.

This I agree with. If Tevin is QB next year then I might take the season off.

BILLY JACK

November 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

More all sec players than just Murray Georgia will place Boykin cb kr JJones LB B Jones C CGlenn T DButler P OCharles TE posibility of Rambo 2nd team and MMitchell offensive player of the year.

Pigskin History

November 30th, 2011
5:15 pm

“you would think someone from the SEC would emerge as a big time college QB on a national level”

Ckeck out a Monday Night game now and then. Plenty of decent SEC QB’s playing in The League.

BILLY JACK

November 30th, 2011
5:15 pm

I meant Mitchell off freshmen of the year.