Murray bypasses NFL draft to stay at UGA (updated w/ Richt reaction)

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray ended the speculation Sunday night about whether he’s staying in school or going to the NFL. He’s staying, Murray announced via Twitter.

“Blessed to be the QB for the Dawgs, not ready to leave just yet,” Murray tweeted to his 64,000-plus followers. “Time to get back to work & help lead this team to a championship.”

Murray could not be immediately reached for further comment, and UGA made no official announcement of his decision. (UPDATE: Georgia coach Mark Richt reacted to Murray’s decision in a statement Monday morning: “I’m certainly pleased that after weighing his options Aaron has decided to remain at Georgia for his senior year. His leadership and productivity have been tremendous during what has been an outstanding career. This is great for Aaron and great for Georgia.”)

A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, Murray had been weighing whether to return for his final season of college eligibility or to enter the 2013 NFL draft.

He said previously that the NFL’s underclassmen advisory committee informed him he likely would be a second or third-round pick if he entered the draft.

Murray graduated from UGA last spring with a degree in psychology, and he enrolled in a graduate program in industrial-organizational psychology in the fall.

He is the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for more than 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. This past season, he passed for 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns. In Georgia’s Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska, he passed for 427 yards and five touchdowns. He leads the nation in pass efficiency rating for the 2012 season, just ahead of Alabama’s AJ McCarron, who plays in the BCS title game Monday night.

Murray has led Georgia to back-to-back SEC Eastern Division titles, although the Bulldogs lost in the SEC Championship game both times.

Murray’s return is a boon for the 2013 Georgia team, which expects to return all but two starters – receivers Tavarres King and Marlon Brown – from an offense that averaged 37.8 points per game.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

513 comments Add your comment

40 Watt Dawg

January 6th, 2013
8:14 pm

Pumped to have Aaron back. The offense is going to be nasty next year.

jsharp

January 6th, 2013
8:17 pm

cant wait for next season. knew he would come back. go dawgs!

MT

January 6th, 2013
8:18 pm

I hope they get Mason into the game a lot and get him ready for next year. Welcome back AM!

drbasic1

January 6th, 2013
8:18 pm

Makes my day…..TEAM FIRST

jarvis jones

January 6th, 2013
8:18 pm

Go Dawgs! Offense will be awesome next year!

MT

January 6th, 2013
8:18 pm

…by next year I mean 2014.

MT

January 6th, 2013
8:20 pm

Mark my words, the 2013 Georgia defense will give up less yards per game than the 2012 defense. Great players on defense this year, but they didn’t play well as a unit. Sorry to see JJ go, but glad to see AO and BO leave.

Bobo is Royalty

January 6th, 2013
8:23 pm

Is Bobo turning pro…I hope!

QMC

January 6th, 2013
8:23 pm

YES!!!! Murray’s back now go back to a 4-3 defense.

Whiznot

January 6th, 2013
8:25 pm

Let Murray and Mason compete for the job. Murray made a huge mistake in not going pro. There is nothing more to be learned from Richt and Bobo. I foresee a Matt Barkley like fall from grace.

Don'tsufferfools

January 6th, 2013
8:26 pm

I hope the 13 offense does not catch what the 12 defense had full of returning starters.

greg t

January 6th, 2013
8:26 pm

DGD GO DAWGS

NCdawg

January 6th, 2013
8:26 pm

Welcome back Aaron!

Game Changer

January 6th, 2013
8:27 pm

Bit of a Surprise C Towers??? — A Murray is not even a top 10 qb for the 2013 draft.

H Mason is higher ranked for the 2015 nfl draft already than A Murray will be at anytime.

Ghost of Sinkwich

January 6th, 2013
8:28 pm

Glad to have Murray back!! Mason needs to get to play some because of his loyalty though. The schedule next year is tough. I hope that some of the young guys on D really Rise Up and have a big impact, next season.

chris fountain

January 6th, 2013
8:30 pm

you freakin idiots amaze me… UGA just had there most prolific year offensively ever…AND YOU STILL WANT BOBO GONE!!! makes no sense at all.

Zach

January 6th, 2013
8:31 pm

MT- you are an idiot for being happy to see Alec Ogletree leave he led the team in tackles even after missing 4 games. That wont be missed at all will it?

tussin

January 6th, 2013
8:31 pm

best news of the day he’s gonna blow every sec qb record away

Atticus

January 6th, 2013
8:31 pm

This kid gets it! Great move Aaron!

DJ

January 6th, 2013
8:31 pm

I smell USC of 2012 all over again…classic fall from grace, similar to the ‘08 puppies.

Bama Fan#2

January 6th, 2013
8:33 pm

Good news to hear for Georgia and the SEC!!

fencedawg

January 6th, 2013
8:34 pm

Don’t let the the anti- Bobo remarks fool you. They come from trolls or those that just don’t have a clue.

UGA in SC

January 6th, 2013
8:37 pm

I’m tired of seeing Murray vapor lock in big games. He lights it up when their is no pressure but is an interception machine at crunch time. I’m ready for a new era, lets hope Mason gets some snaps this year….GO DAWGS!!!!

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:39 pm

Right on fencedawg!!! The folks putting down Murray and Bobo are clueless trolls. They are rivals who absolutely hate facing Murray and Bobo. This is a terrible day for the trolls!!!

tenn.DAWG

January 6th, 2013
8:39 pm

Best recruiting news UGA has received.

Red Neckerson

January 6th, 2013
8:40 pm

I’ve been telling y’all for a month now that he’d stay. Well … I told you so.

Dawg'88

January 6th, 2013
8:41 pm

It was “anticipated” that he would leave? Really.
Don’t know anyone who thought that he definitely leave.
It was possible but there is no suprise to anyone I know that
he is returning.

Once again…more made up bloviating.
Geez.

DC

January 6th, 2013
8:43 pm

I am a GT fan, but think it is great when juniors come back for their senior year!

MT

January 6th, 2013
8:45 pm

Let’s not get personal, Zach. He has tons of talent, but I find him to be a bit undisciplined on and off the field. The UGA defense was a big letdown in 2012 after their 2011 showing.

Dawg'88

January 6th, 2013
8:45 pm

UGA in SC please go root for someone else.
Your comments are uncalled for.
What we need is a new era of fans that don’t chew up and spit out their own.

Wolve is sheeps clothing.
People like this guy are the type that probably condone egging AM’s house.
True UGA fans love AM’s dedication, perserverence, and now his demonstration of loyalty.

UGA in SC could learn a lesson in this area.

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:45 pm

@UGa in SC
And how did the LSU QB do against Clemson, or the FL QB do against UGa and Louisville, or the Bama QB against LSU last year in the “game of the century” (6 points in regulation and OT). The list goes on and on and……. You are full of goose poop!!! Murray is a winner and you can’t pin the losses on him. Last time I looked it was a team sport so give the team credit for wins and losses…not one player!!!

dawgfan

January 6th, 2013
8:45 pm

Poor haters.

KilroyDawg

January 6th, 2013
8:46 pm

Great news especially opening up at Clemson in Death Valley. GO DAWGS!!!

UGA in SC

January 6th, 2013
8:46 pm

Flame on my fellow Dawgs, seems like you guys can’t handle the truth. Look back and you will see his ints in big games. Looks like you guys are drinking the prolific Murray coolaide and ignoring his nutups. Were you guys watching the same Murray I was, guess not. GO DAWGS!!!!

Dawg Days

January 6th, 2013
8:49 pm

Yes!!!! Let’s Go Dawgs! Love this. DGD!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

January 6th, 2013
8:50 pm

Mason will become #1 in the spring and murray will surely regret this move

canada football now for murray—————–mason will be a top 10 pick after this season

Talk about —————–deer in the head-lights——Murray take the money now———-

——————–blahahahahahahah

Return to Glory

January 6th, 2013
8:50 pm

Good news, maybe offense will role early until the defense gets it’s legs under it.
Go Dawgs.

Left Coast Dawg

January 6th, 2013
8:50 pm

Who the hell is BO?

DawgsForever

January 6th, 2013
8:50 pm

@UGA in SC… I am with you on that one.

I’m not sure what everyone is so happy about. We’re getting a choke machine back. I like the dude but I just don’t trust him in big games. I really hope something clicks with him and he goes from good to great in the next 8 months or so.

My-Guy

January 6th, 2013
8:50 pm

YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DID I TELL YOU!!!! WE NEED AN EXPIERENCED QB FOR CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA, & LSWHOO!!! AARON MURRAY COMING BACK NEXT YEAR, A FULLY EXPIERENCED QB! IF HE PLAYS LIKE HE PLAYED AGAINST ALABAMA & NEBRASKA THE REST OF HIS CAREER! I BELIEVE IN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1980!!!! 14-0 LETS GO, LETS GO DAWG NATION! THIS IS IT! OUR YOUNG DEFENSE IS ABOUT TO STEP IT UP AND SHOCK THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD!

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:51 pm

There are some real frustrated morons posting on this site!!! Thanks AM for returning and mighty good job against the #1 pass defense in the Capital One Bowl!!! You and coach Bobo teamed up to set a bowl record for passing yards…..yet the trolls want you to leave. Think they may be techies???

Spivedog

January 6th, 2013
8:51 pm

Game Changer, it is a weak QB class this year, so he would probably be the 6th or 7th QB taken. He got a 2nd – 3rd grade back from the NFL. And “UGA in SC,” Murray absolutely destroyed the #1 ranked pass defense (Nebraska). Wanting Mason to take over when we play Clemson, SC, and LSU in the 1st 5 games is not good logic.

Ever noticed how lethal Murray is when he has a little time to throw? The entire O-Line is coming back next year (plus we will add Laremy Tunsil), so Murrray should have plenty of time to throw.

James

January 6th, 2013
8:52 pm

Greatest offense ever. Let’s go for it! Lol

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

January 6th, 2013
8:53 pm

And here comes the National Championship aspirations!!!!

You’ll still have the same 4th choice loser of a d-cordinator and you’re still UGA.

32 years….

Abnerish

January 6th, 2013
8:53 pm

Some people will always believe the backup is better than the starter. No matter what.

Dewayne

January 6th, 2013
8:54 pm

Mason will not beat out Murray. People who think that are not very bright. Mason is no where near as good as Murray because if he was Mason would be starting!!

jvillebil

January 6th, 2013
8:54 pm

Only True Dawg fans are happy about Murray returning. They understand how tough football is and it’s a team sport and would want their team leader back. I’m very happy, Go Dawgs

The Truth

January 6th, 2013
8:54 pm

Glad he’s coming back. I thought it was 60/40 he’d leave! But the 2014 NFL QB class doesn’t look any better than 2013 so he has a good chance to improve stock. Barkley went from a 1st rd lock to what he is now. Murray MAY have went in the 2nd this year… maybe.

And I do think our defense will still be good with our new D line coach. Good riddance Rodney Garner!

My-Guy

January 6th, 2013
8:54 pm

LETS NOT FORGET THE ARCH-EMEMYS, FLORIDA, AUBURN, & GEORGIA TECH. KNOXVILLE & NASHVILLE ARE TOUGH PLACES TO PLAY TOO! DON’T EVER OVERLOOK TEAMS!

Red Neckerson

January 6th, 2013
8:54 pm

MT, Please share with us your insight on Murray’s activities “on and off the field” to use your words. No, on second thought please don’t. Just go away. The same people who told me 6 weeks ago that he wouldn’t be going pro have also told me that no one, and I mean no one, works harder than Murray. A very trusted source told me that 3 summers ago every morning while driving to work at 6:30 a.m. in Athens he saw Murray working out alone on the practice fields at UGA. That certainly sounds like an off the field problem if I do say so myself. I also have it on good authority that his roommates go out and party like normal college kids and he stays home and watches film. Yeah, that is a terrible off the field activity. I really don’t know who you are or what your angle is but Aaron Murray isn’t the problem in your life. It is you. You are obviously miserable and want to take it out on innocent kids. Shame on you. Please go away. Just go away. You make me sick.