Aaron Murray knows a thing or two about playing quarterback in the SEC, starring for Georgia before eventually beginning his career as a broadcaster and analyst.

In a recent segment for College Sports on SiriusXM, Murray provided his pick for the most talented QB in the country heading into the 2023 season, and his choice may come as a surprise. Murray bypassed Heisman winner Caleb Williams, former No. 1 overall prospect Quinn Ewers at Texas and a number of other decorated players.

Instead, Murray believes the most talented QB in the country is Tennessee’s Joe Milton:

“Joe is the most talented quarterback in America… He’s the most gifted QB in America, he is,” proclaimed Murray. “He has the best arm, he is extremely athletic. The dude can dunk a ball like it’s nothing. I’m watching pre-game last year… and he’s jumping up, catching one-handers in the back of the end zone, dunking it over the damn goalposts. He’s a great athlete and a gigantic human being and can throw the ball 80+ yards.”

Murray went on to explain that being the most gifted does not guarantee a player will be the best QB at the end of the season. He used the example of Florida’s Anthony Richardson a season ago, but he is adamant about the skill set that Milton possesses.

“I think he’s the most gifted QB in America. Doesn’t make you the best QB… that’s two different things,” said Murray. “Joe Milton, most gifted QB in America, we’ll see now if it translates into All-American status.”

Outlook for Joe Milton in 2023

Milton enters the 2023 season as QB1 for Tennessee but certainly with question marks surrounding his game. Across 5 college seasons at Michigan and Tennessee, Milton has completed just 57.8% of his passes with 17 touchdowns to 6 interceptions.

The good news for Milton and the Vols is that the QB completed 64.6% of his passes in limited playing time a season ago before replacing Hendon Hooker late in the year. Milton also avoided throwing an interception last season.

We’ll see if he can finally put a complete season together, but there’s no denying the elite physical gifts Milton possesses.