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