Georgia Bulldogs: Can Aaron Murray Win Heisman Trophy?

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

Heading into the 2013 college football season, it would not be hard to envision a player from the Southeastern Conference winning the Heisman Trophy this December.

After all, Johnny Manziel, quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies, won the award last season, becoming the first freshman to ever pull the trick. Manziel is back for his second college campaign, and he will certainly be among the contenders for the Heisman again this fall.

If not Manziel, what about A.J. McCarron, quarterback of the Alabama Crimson Tide? McCarron may not have the individual numbers that Manziel has. However, the Tide signal caller has won two national championships, and will have a legitimate shot at winning a third national crown this fall. Should Alabama have big success again this year, McCarron will be a name mentioned for the Heisman Trophy.

But what about Aaron Murray, quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs? Could Murray have the type of season where he could ultimately emerge as the best player in college football?

Murray has been the starter at Georgia since he arrived on campus four years ago. Since then, he has passed for 10,091 yards, with 95 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He needs just 20 touchdown passes to break former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel’s SEC record for TD passes in a career.

So, can Murray win the Heisman in 2013? If Georgia stays at or near the top of the national rankings all season, and if Murray has the type of senior season that he’s expecting, there’s no reason he won’t be in the conversation. But Murray is up against better-known quantities like Manziel, which works against him. And, if Georgia were to lose early in the season, any Murray-for-Heisman talk would quickly be derailed.

But if things align themselves properly, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Murray could be in New York City for the Heisman presentation in December.

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