Georgia’s Aaron Murray takes SEC offensive player of week honors into Florida game

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray torched Kentucky for 427 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray torched Kentucky for 427 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ATHENS – Georgia’s Aaron Murray got a nice little pat on the back heading into the Bulldogs’ biggest game of the year.

The junior quarterback from Tampa was named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week by the league office on Monday.  The honor comes on the heels of Murray’s record-setting performance in Georgia’s 29-24 win over Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington. Against the Wildcats, Murray completed 30 passes on 38 attempts, which set a school record for completion percentage (78.95). Murray also recorded a career-high with 427 yards passing yards, which was is fourth-best in school history, and threw for four touchdowns.

Murray’s scoring tosses made him Georgia’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with 75. David Greene had 72 from 2001-04. The 75 TD passes is ninth most in SEC history.

Murray had a pair of 100-yard receivers as senior Tavarres King (188 yards) and sophomore Malcolm Mitchell (103 yards) each had nine catches. Murray is the SEC active leader in five different categories and is third in the NCAA FBS in career pass efficiency rating for active players with a 154.02 clip.

This marks Murray’s first player of the week selection. He was named the SEC Freshman Player of the Week twice in 2010 after his performances versus Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Of course, all eyes will be on Murray this Saturday and he tries to secure the elusive “signature victory” many believe has eluded him against the No. 2-ranked Florida Gators in Jacksonville. Murray had a good game against the Gators in last year, throwing for 169 two touchdowns in Georgia’s 24-20 win. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs play Florida Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS.

ALSO . . .

Here’s a late-night video chat I had with CineSport after Georgia’s 29-24 win over Kentucky . . .



121 comments Add your comment

Goldenrod

October 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

I noticed the Dogs of Georgia struggling to get a win in Lexington against almighty SEC East beast Kentucky. That is one lousy football team (in red and silver).

Meanwhile my Jackets coasted to an EASY victory and have bounced back to reestablish their ACC dominance.

Hey Doggies, the new sheriff is coming back to the cesspool up north on Nov. 24th. Prepare thyselves!

Go Florida and Go Jackets!

DroopyDawg

October 22nd, 2012
11:11 am

DawginLex

October 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

I noticed two desperate nerds walking into Commonwealth Stadium in full GT gear walking in with 2 UK fans. Hoping against hope that they could witness some team actually beat us since their own pathetic team can’t do it. One nerd sat right in front of me and was cheering his little heart out. Until we took over late and then it became the all too familiar exit from the stadium LOSING AGAIN.

Lets be honest

October 22nd, 2012
11:24 am

I’m so sick of the Dawg bashing from fans. At the end of the day we’re 6-1 guys… And about to play the Gators for the division title. Our boys need all the support they can get. I’ll be in Jax Saturday. Will you???

P_The_Ricker

October 22nd, 2012
11:25 am

You know you’re thinking it to.

Congrats to Murray for last saturday’s performance, but anyone who believes he could duplicate such a performance in this week’s game, or a meaningful game in general is just setting themself up for dissapointment.

78 DAWG

October 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

Grantham needs to be promoted NOW to head coach! Before we loose him to the NFL or some head coaching job. We’re only paying him $1M/year! The job he has done with 2 & 3 star recruits is amazing, not to mention the classy way he curses college kids and his defense of Shawn Williams acting like a punk! The D didn’t stop one GOOD team last year and you kool aid drinkers ate up the stats against a weak schedule. You kool aid drinkers are killing this program.

Smitty

October 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

Goldenrod…..stop smoking that whacky weed before you blog. Smells up the place

Matthews Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
11:31 am

Let’s Be Honest….I agree with you 100%!! I’m sick of the so called fans just bashing the Dawgs! Yes, they all have the right to express whatever opinion they have. Some I know comes from “so called Dawg fan”, but some does not. We are 6-1 and still have a chance to win the East. Hopefully, the defense plays the way they were expected to this year. But, if we can’t stop the run, the GT game scares me, because that is all they can do. Let’s get behind the Dawgs and stay positive for a change! I hate Florida like the rest of you! Go Dawgs!!

Bad Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
11:32 am

Transcript from this week’s UGA-UF Game-planning meeting with CMR, CMB and CTG:

CMR: Sorry I’m late. This whole singing-to-recruits thing is getting out of hand. I just finished singing “Call Me Maybe” to A. Kamara and “Forget You” to D. Henry. I’ve got 16 more requests today alone! Let me ask; do you guys see me as more of a Casey Kasem or a Cousin Brucey? Personally, I love the long-distance dedication….

CMB: Excuse me coach, can we talk about the WLOCP? What’s in the sack anyway?

CMR: Oh that…well, it’s my special “WLOCP Bag O Tricks”. It’s got stuff like end-zone choreography and Halloween-themed uniform gimmicks. I was thinking that this year we could go with the Invisible Man theme because the pollsters clearly don’t appreciate how good we are. What do you think?

CMB: I’ve got 2 names for you: Worley & Henderson!

CMR: Awesome! Who the heck are they?

CMB: 2 dynamic freshmen running backs who, many, many years ago, ran roughshod on then #1 UF, spoiling the Gators’ season.

CMR: Jackpot!! Are they available this weekend?

CMB: No, well, uh, I was drawing a parallel between them and Gurley/Marshall…

CMR: Gotta tell ya’ CMB, I don’t know what you’re talking about half the time, but I love That Thing You Do (CMR stands with air-microphone, begins singing, pointing at CMB) “You…Doing That Thing You Do….”

CTG: Excuse me! Can we talk defense now?

CMR: Oh, of course big fella, sorry bout that! I didn’t see you sitting there behind the Independence Bowl trophy. Fire away…

CTG: I’ve decided that this week, we’re going to just play our base defense, but with a wrinkle! Here’s the really big part…you ready??…I’m going to direct choking gestures at Jeff Driskel the entire game! He will become so un-nerved he will eventually wet himself!

CMR: Fantastic idea! I love Psy-ops, mind-games type stuff! I’ll add that to my “WLOCP Bag O Tricks”! (CMR grabs air-mic again, points at CTG, begins singing AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie) “Let me tell you a story, ‘bout a DC I know, comes to coaching, he steals the show, he ain’t exactly pretty, ain’t exactly small. 35-7! You can’t say we’ve won ‘em all”……..

CTG: We done here??

CMR: Yes, sorry, got carried away. Gotta get to my weekly press briefing anyway. Instead of the usual boring Q&A, I’m going to sing, “Walking on Sunshine”! I’m thinking a little Katrina and the Waves will soothe those fourth-estate savages! See ya’ in Jax fellas!

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
11:33 am

Lets be honest – You are part of the problem. You put on your blind homer glasses and say “I’m so sick of the Dawg bashing from fans. At the end of the day we’re 6-1 guys… And about to play the Gators for the division title. Our boys need all the support they can get. I’ll be in Jax Saturday”.

There’s nothing wrong with having an OBJECTIVE opinion about a team I LOVE that differs from your rose colored glasses perception. My opinion, which is based on FACTS, is that Mark Richt’s message is no longer getting through to his players. Does that make me wrong…no, it just means that in my OPINION, Richt would be better served coaching somewhere else. He know longer has the ability to discipline his teams and motivate them to well in big games.

Fact – UGA is 2-14 against ranked opponents since 2008.

DawginLex

October 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Bad dawg

Get some new material and get a life.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 22nd, 2012
11:39 am

@ Let’s be honest:(11:24 am post)

Great post but all of those are not UGA fans!!!!!!!!!!

Sadly, too many of them are UGA fans with Single Digit IQs and no life except watching and bashing UGA football. Most probably never played a down of any ttype organized football!!!!!

Even more sadly idiots most probably have reproduced, likely with family members!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smitty

October 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

Well based on what everybody thinks, we could save some money and just not go down to Jacksonville and play. Just go ahead an forfeit game since Georgia does not have a chance to win. I don’t know why our players and coaches would care since the fans have already decided their fate. But wait that is why they play the game, just in case ya’ll are wrong.

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life) Great post! No facts, just fiction. Maybe you can take up a new profession as a clown…I hear there accepting morons who can spell “type” and use multiple exclamation points.

Matthews Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
11:44 am

Dawg 73… he and many others of us, have the right to back the entire organization, just as you do to complain. What is complaining doing for you? Really nothing much. It may make you feel better, but at the end of the day, those guys in Red/Black need our support. How much back in ‘73 did people complain about Coach Dooley? A ton, they were always calling him “Dumb Dooley” and other things. Now, he is looked on as the Greatest Coach in UGA history. I would agree with that too. But, he didn’t win that National Title until, you know who came to UGA. I agree that we didn’t look very good last Sat. night and we could get beat this weekend. But, how about getting on “the bus” with what we have or you have every right to get “off the bus” and we will go on without you and the others who do nothing but complain! It gets old and turn the page! We did win an SEC game and it was on the road. Yes, we should have won and won more easily, but a win is a win and let’s move on to the next game! Go Dawgs and I hate the Gators!!!

Smitty

October 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

I am a true….gator hater!!! Go Dawgs!!!

Smitty

October 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

Good comment Matthews Dawg

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

@ Lets be honest:

PRIME EXAMPLE is Dawg 73!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can see the Single Digit drool and foam around every word of his submission!!!!!!

He and his ilk do nothing but hurt anything positive about Dawg nation and definitely “Keep it in the Family” come marriage ceremonies. They couldn’t find their a$$es with both hands in their hip pockets!!!!!

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
11:48 am

Matthews Dawg – Just point out some FACTS as to why UGA will beat FLA and how you think this program is moving in the right direction. I support this team and have invested many dollars as a booster and season ticket holder, but I’m not seeing the type of progress needed under this regime (for the future),

Does this mean I hate Mark Richt, absolutely not! Does this mean I expect a better performing product on the field, absolutely.

Need some facts so I can see what you see.

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life) – Wow, another eloquent comment from your library of ignorance. You still haven’t stated one fact about how UGA is moving in the right direction. All you are doing is getting pissed off, but nothing of any substance.

Just let me know when you have some FACTS to support your ignorance.

Matthews Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

Brainiac…. good post and I agree that CMR/UGA for life is the way to go. Most people complain because they can’t stand around the water cooler at work and say “We won the NC last year or the year before”. I wish we would win it again! If we can play defense then we have a chance.
Bad Dawg…. that is pretty funny stuff!

Also, where is “Russ the Temporary Mascot”? We could use some of his humor!
Go Dawgs!!

Lets be honest

October 22nd, 2012
11:52 am

@ Dawgs73

I’m not denying the facts. Yes, we CLEARLY have a personnel issue. But it’s not like McGarity is going to fire Richt before the season is over!! STOP YOUR WHINING!! We play the Gaytors in 5 days. Let’s focus on the game at hand and get behind our team!! We’ll deal with the coaching staff/issues after the bowl game. Freaking cry baby.

DIT

October 22nd, 2012
11:53 am

Defense plays like they did against Vandy and UGA stands a chance. Yes, Vandy is no UF. However, that has been the only game that the intensity level has been anywhere close to having a pulse.
Grantham for HC???? Really, did you not see how he prepared this defense for UK. Over 200 yards rushing?? As far as I’m concerned Grantham can go back to the NFL. That much takent should be no where close to being the avergae defense that they have played like this year.
Too much talent to be playing so average!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 22nd, 2012
11:53 am

@ Mathews Dawg:

To hell with Obama and Romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m voting for Mathews Dawg!!! His is the most sensible submission of the day and the naysayers can stick it where the sun don’t shine!!!!!!!

God loves CMR so maybe he will fix most of those INBREDS trashing UGA and CMR so they can’t reproduce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
11:54 am

Still waiting on some concrete evidence from the following:

Matthews Dawg

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

Lets be honest

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

Murray is the best QB in the nation right now.

Murray had 3 signature wins in 2011:
Beat Florida, beat ranked Auburn, beat ranked GaTech.

He’ll add his 4th signature victory Sat.

Murray is peaking at the right time.

Look for Florida’s db’s to get beat on deep balls in 1-on-1 coverage.

Rumor is UGA will run some 2 WR stack formations to get off the ball fast.

GTBob

October 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

For those of us who didn’t watch the UGA/UK game, can someone explain how Murray can have the best game of his career yet UGA only won by 5 points against one of the worst teams in college football?

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
11:59 am

Murray, bought his team from behind against Kent

3 different times.

very impressive the way he led his team.

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Lets be honest – Agreed. I’m not whining as much as I’m disappointed at the lack of fundamental preparation OUR team has had in big games. If there were some conclusive evidence that I could hold on to concerning Richt, then I would gladly do it, but unfortunately I see too many issues (that start from the top).

As much as I want UGA to destroy the “Gaytors”, I just don’t realistically seeing this happen.

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Could have benn worse,

florida only beat Texas A & M by 3 points.

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:01 pm

Watch the replay from 2011 if you don’t think this team can beat the current Florida team.

BILLY JACK

October 22nd, 2012
12:02 pm

Thanksgiving week we play another of the nations worst teams-get ready for the thanksgiving week beatdown bob.

Lets be honest

October 22nd, 2012
12:02 pm

@ Dawg73

Here’s your FACT

Dawgs won SEC eastern division title last year
Currently tied for 1st this year

Pretty damn good in my book considering we play in the toughest conference. LOL

NP DAWG

October 22nd, 2012
12:03 pm

@ Lets be Honest and Mathews Dawg.

Great posts and I agree 100%. Also I will be in JAX Saturday rooting on the dawgs, unlike some of the posters on this blog

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
12:04 pm

Lets be honest – Agreed that UGA won the SEC east last year, but OUR team hasn’t played competitively against any good opponent since….can’t really remember.

Lets be honest

October 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

We better bring our A GAME Saturday or it will be a long day. That’s coaches AND players.

Matthews Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

Dawg 73… some of us have to work for a living and can’t be on here 24/7. Check out this blog site that answers some of your questions. Do I think we need help…ABSOLUTELY!!! But, maybe the “sky isn’t falling”. Also, when you bring up how much money you have given to the program makes people think, you really don’t give money at all! Giving or not doesn’t make any of us smarter or carry more weight! I usually don’t read these blogs anymore, because I get tired of the complaining. There are other blogs that give good facts! Sorry Chip! But, I got sucked in today. Here are the facts: (they are not my facts, but I agree with them). We do need a big win against a top tier team as well. You are correct there. Here is the site: http://dudeyoucrazy.net/2012/10/10/georgia-bulldogs-a-recent-history-of-losing-not-as-bad-as-it-looks/
Check it out and this guy does some serious research each week. Go Dawgs!!

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

Murray will do a lot of things to shake up Florida:
1- Alter the snap count
Florida is the least displined team in the country
2- Run the ball effectively at least 5 times in the first quarter to frustrate Florida’s passrush
3- Audible to defense he sees
4- hurry up to tire out
5- double moves to beat aggresive corners
6- back shoulder passes when corners have great position
7- protect the ball like last year

Murray is on fire.

Look for his 4th signature win.

Dawgs 73

October 22nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Will be in Jax rooting my a!! off for OUR team as well (as I have been for 15 straight years). Does that mean I can still have my opinion.

GTBob

October 22nd, 2012
12:10 pm

Murray is the best QB in the nation right now.

The best QB in the nation wouldn’t have gone 11-31, for 109 yds, no TD’s and 1 INT against South Carolina.

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:11 pm

Murray has willed this offense to victory so many times this season.

Especially as the defense gels with the suspended starters back.

What a season for Murray.

Only 4 int’s, 65% completions, 7th in nation in pass efficiency, 16 td’s.

Yep

October 22nd, 2012
12:13 pm

Boy this team is in trouble…..

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:14 pm

Matt Barkely went 10 for 20 against Washington,imagine.

South Carolina has a top 5 defense.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 22nd, 2012
12:14 pm

@ Dawg 73:

You may be the biggest Dumbass in recent history. I guess in that little inbred head of yours, we got to win every game or we ain’t worth a damn.

NOBODY wins every game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you fathom that?????????? CMR is the 4th winningest active coach in the NATION. Coaches get paid to win so UGA is getting more for it’s money than any other school in the nation ….EXCEPT the 3 coaches ahead of him and none of those 3 coaches are named Saban, Miles, Spurrier, Chiznek, etc.

You and your ilk being holders of a Single Digit IQ are due some sympathy but in y’alls case there appears to be no hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Football is just a GAME but as previously noted on here y’all just want to be able to trash talk and run your mouths because a bunch kids outplayed another bunch of kids. Do you actually think that because you pull for UGA and they win then it makes you a bigger or better person?????????????? There are MORE IMPORTANT things in this world than FOOTBALL but apparently you and your ilk will never be able to understand that!!!!!!!!!!!

God, please don’t let these type(Dawg73 and his ilk) reproduce anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matthews Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
12:14 pm

GT Bob… we don’t stop the run very well on Defense. That is why your game scares the heck out of me. That’s all you guys can do. Right now, we are playing like a Big 12 team. All offense and not much defense. I’m counting on CTG to get it fixed in a hurry.
Dawgs 73… you should express your opinion anytime you want. You have that right and I will defend that right as long as I’m alive. We have some in this country (not talking football here) that doesn’t like it when someone expresses their opinion and it differs from there. Then all of the sudden we are narrow minded and old fashion! I’m conservative and will be until I die! Go Dawgs and let’s start working it and win against UF!

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:15 pm

Doesn’t take a great game from Murray to beat Florida.Key is don’t turn ball over.

Murray went 15 for 34 last year, 2 td’s, 1 int, UGA won 24-20.

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:17 pm

Murray’s dad was struggling with cancer that SC week, probably effected him.

Pretty amazing the kind of career game Murray put up last week, considering what his dad is going through.

great focus.

Matthews Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
12:18 pm

i know bashers….it’s not “there” it’s “theirs”

DawgFanInBama

October 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

You guys DO realize that people are allowed to have their own opinions, right?

Who cares if one group is negative and the other group is positive?

As long as people aren’t spamming and making 100 different posts, then who cares?

Let people vent or celebrate all they want.

Sammy

October 22nd, 2012
12:20 pm

Murray has more yards passing and pass td’s, than Shaw and Driskell, COMBINED.