SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 9 Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (SR)
2013 stats: 225 for 347 (64.8%), 3,075 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INTs
Why he’s No. 9: Aaron Murray’s fabulous career is now over. Georgia’s fearless leader now heads to the NFL as the SEC’s all-time leading passer, surpassing Florida’s Danny Wuerffel during his senior season, which was ultimately cut short due to an ACL injury he suffered against Kentucky.
Murray threw for 3,075 yards, 26 TDs and nine INTs, and he finished fourth in total yardage and third in touchdowns and did so missing two full games.
Georgia was ravaged by injuries this season, and even Murray couldn’t escape the bug. Before mid-season, Muraay had lost receivers Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and running back Keith Marshall due to knee injuries. He lost a secondary receiver in Michael Bennett for a few games, too, along with receiver Chris Conley, running back Todd Gurley and tight end Jay Rome. Through it all, Murray threw for more than 3,000 yards and 26 TDs in 11 games.
Murray’s ‘can’t win the big game’ moniker took a back seat after he beat top 10 teams in LSU and South Carolina, where he combined for nine TDs.
Murray is being overlooked in the draft, mostly due to his size, and no, he never won a championship despite coming very close in 2012. But he leaves behind a strong legacy and career in Athens, and I happen to think one team will get a steal by taking Murray in the NFL Draft.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 10: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
- No. 11: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves
- No. 12: Auburn OT Greg Robinson
- No. 13: LSU WR Odell Beckham
- No. 14: South Carolina RB Mike Davis
- No. 15: Missouri DE Kony Ealy
- No. 16: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
- No. 17: Missouri RB Henry Josey
- No. 18: Alabama QB AJ McCarron
- No. 19: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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