Aaron Murray heads into his senior season as quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs with even more expectations on his shoulders this year. The Bulldogs have plenty of offensive firepower for 2013, and Murray is the man behind center that is supposed to lead UGA to a big season.
Murray has been the starter since his freshman season, and is poised to break some Southeastern Conference passing records this season. Most notably, Murray needs just 20 touchdown passes to break the conference record, currently held by former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel of the Florida Gators.
During his stellar career in Athens, Murray has passed for 10,091 yards, with 95 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He has completed 61.5 percent of his passes in three seasons.
Last season, Murray and the Bulldogs came up just short in the SEC Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Just five yards stood between the Bulldogs and the BCS Championship Game as time expired. That left Georgia fans with an empty feeling once again, which is a common theme in Athens these days.
The question becomes, is Murray an underachiever, or does his body of work make him one of the greatest quarterbacks in SEC history?
The answer likely lies somewhere between those two. While Murray’s individual numbers have been outstanding, Georgia has not had the kind of team success that one might expect when a player like Murray is at quarterback. And while the Bulldogs were oh-so-close last season against Alabama, they did come up short, which is a complaint heard regularly about Murray.
Georgia will have a chance to be in the hunt for titles again this season, and if Murray can push the Bulldogs to heights not seen in a while in Athens, he will have the team success to go with the individual accolades.
Maybe then, he can take his rightful place in SEC history.