Aaron Murray, quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs, should be remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Southeastern Conference history. After all, no player has ever thrown for more touchdowns in the history of the conference, nor has any player ever amassed as many yards of total offense or yards passing.
However, despite these outstanding credentials, Murray will be remembered by some for not being able to win the big game. He has become known as the quarterback that can pound lesser opponents, but never get over the top against elite competition.
Another example of this happened on Saturday, as the Bulldogs fell to the Auburn Tigers. After leading a furious fourth quarter rally that took Georgia from 37-17 behind to 38-37 ahead with just 1:49 left, lightning struck Murray and the Bulldogs again. A deflected hail mary pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis turned into a 73-yard game-winning touchdown with just 25 seconds left.
And that’s the thing that is totally unfair to Murray and his legacy. Murray does not play defense, and he never has. Murray was stellar on Saturday, passing for 415 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for two more scores. What he couldn’t do was stop Auburn from compiling 566 yards of total offense, including 323 yards on the ground.
Too many times in his career, Murray has been let down by his defense, his special teams or some other unit. Granted, Murray has made his share of mistakes in big games in his career, and he would be the first to take the blame for those. But to tarnish his legacy because of those portions of the game that are out of his hands is totally unfair to Murray.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.