Well, it’s gameday in the SEC, and man are we fired up here at Rant Sports. The summer has been long and hot and now it’s the time of year we all love, college football is back. We started in July with our Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Days series, and we will conclude it with two big time offensive talents that will be the key to their teams winning the SEC East. Let’s take a look at Georgia Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia:
The Georgia Bulldogs enter the 2012 college football season with lofty expectations. The rabid fan base in Athens and Atlanta will except nothing less than a repeat of 2011, minus the two losses, when the Bulldogs played for an SEC Title. Georgia will return one of the top defenses in the nation, but the question mark is an offense led by quarterback Aaron Murray, that will be breaking in a new running back for the fourth consecutive year.
Murray set a Georgia school record in 2011, throwing 35 touchdown passes. Murray started all 14 games completing 223 of 402 passes for 3,149 yards. For his effort last season, Murray was named All-SEC First Team by ESPN and Phil Steele. Not only a threat with his arm, he rushed for 111 yards on 87 carries scoring two touchdowns.
Murray will be called on more in his junior season, as he breaks in another new starter at running back and will also have a true freshman right tackle (John Theus). If that’s not enough, he looses one of his top receivers, Malcolm Mitchell, who has jumped to the defensive backfield, in a move to combat suspensions.
Talent is not all gone on the offensive side of the football for the Bulldogs, Tavarres King returns off a 2011 season that saw him catch 47 passes for 705 yards and eight touchdowns. The Bulldogs also welcome two of the top running backs in the 2012 recruiting class in Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
Freddie Vickers covers the SEC for Rant Sports
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