Published March 18, 2013 - 11:00am
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Aaron Murray didn’t spend spring break in Cabo; he spent it working with QB guru George Whitfield in Oklahoma, getting better as a passer. And he didn’t return to Athens to cement his legacy with individual awards; he returned to win a championship.
The debate about who’s the better quarterback between AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray will wage on, but Murray’s career numbers are fascinating and altogether striking. There’s no other quarterback in the SEC who has the fraction of the career numbers as the three-year starter entering 2013.
Murray has thrown for 10,901 yards and 95 touchdowns in three seasons, and he will own nearly every SEC and UGA passing record by next December, assuming he stays healthy.
- Murray is the only QB in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards in three seasons.
- Murray owns the career passing touchdown record at Georgia with 95. David Greene is second with 72.
- Murray broke Zeier’s record of 3,525 passing yards in a season with last year’s effort of 3,893 yards.
- Murray owns the UGA career record for most passing yards by a freshman, sophomore and a junior, and he’ll need to surpass 3,396 yards as a senior to own that one, too.
- His 36 touchdowns in ‘12 broke his own UGA record for the most passing scores in one season.
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- Murray trails only former Florida QB Danny Wuerffel in SEC career touchdown passes by just 19.
- Murray trails Tim Tebow (12,232) for total yards gained by only 1,939 yards. He has totalled 10,293 yards gained and currently sits 8th all time in the SEC.
- Murray is third in UGA history with 1,131 career passing attempts. He trails David Greene by 309 and Kentucky’s Jared Lorenzen for SEC career attempts by 382.
- He’s third all time in UGA history with 696 completions, and he trails leader David Greene by 153.
- Murray trails Florida’s Chris Leak by 199 to own the SEC’s career completion record.
- Murray trails Greene for career passing yards by only 627, and Greene currently holds the SEC record with 11,528 career passing yards.
But Murray would be the first to tell you that individual stats don’t matter anymore. He’s still chasing his first elusive SEC Championship and national championship.
There is no other coach in the conference with a better feeling about his offense than Mark Richt this spring. And just returning Aaron Murray puts Georgia in title talks for 2013.
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