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. . . .
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