Aaron Murray Proves He is Elite

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Aaron Murray is having a tremendous year.   Yes, Murray had a terrible game against South Carolina (terrible is relative; 4 TD and 248 yards going 19/29 is good, the 1 INT and fumble for a Melvin Ingram TD was what cost UGA that game).  The 3 INT game against Mississippi State was bad also.   There were some ignorant fans calling for Hutson Mason to get a start or suggesting that Murray be given a short leash was completely wrong.

Murray does have 8 INT.  No getting around that.  But Aaron has the best passer rating in the SEC, leads the conference in yards per attempt and TDs, and is mere tenths of percentage points for being the second most accurate passer in the SEC.  The 27 TD is way better than second place in that category (Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson with 18 TD). 

Nationally, Aaron Murray is 8th in TDs, 12th in passer rating, 15th in yards per attempt.  The national numbers are skewed, though, becuase there are some teams out there (Houston, etc…) that throw it a lot more than Georgia and don’t have as balanced offense as the Dawgs.  Murray ranks 56th in the nation in attempts per game.  There are several players who have 40+ attempts per game. 

Again, like with the Dawgs’ success, I don’t want to hear how Murray has padded his stats against the bottom feeders of the SEC.  SEC is SEC, and all players have stat padding games like Coastal Carolina and New Mexico State.

Aaron Murray has broken all UGA records for a QB in a season, and has 4 games left to completely obliterate that record. 

Aaron Murray is playing at a very elite level.

Corbindawg

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11 Responses to “Aaron Murray Proves He is Elite”


  1. 1 Drew November 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    not so fast. Remember the game where Garcia toasted Alabama? Remember how Garcia never had another game like that? Murray had a great game agaiinst a ranked team for the first time ever, no argument. He was simply brilliant.

    But is it a 1 time thing like Garcia, or something different?

    We won’t know that until Murray plays another ranked team. Which could be LSU or Ark in the SEC Championship.

    1-5 record vs. ranked teams isn’t Elite.

  2. 2 Corbindawg November 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Aaron Murray vs ranked teams:

    South Carolina 2010 14/21, 192, 0 TD 0 INT
    Arkansas 2010 15/27, 253 1 TD 1 INT
    Auburn 2010 15/28, 273, 3 TD 0 INT
    UCF 2010 21/38 198, 0 TD 2 INT

    Boise State 2011 16/29, 236, 2 TD 1 INT
    South Carolina 2011 19/29, 248, 4 TD 1 INT
    Auburn 2011 14/18, 224, 4 TD, 0 INT

    So, let’s average it out. Against 7 ranked opponents, Murray is 1-6. Not good. But is it his fault or the team not being very good?

    16/27 (59%), 232 yards, 2 TD, .7 INT per game average against ranked teams. Not spectacular, but not medicore either.

    Keep in mind two of those were in his first 3 games as a redshirt fresman.
    Murray wasn’t the reason UGA lost to Auburn, UCF and Boise were coaching/on Bobo.

    Aaron Murray has been playing at an elite level all season long.

    • 3 Drew November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Boise/SC Murray only completed @50%, not Elite in those 2 games. And had 4 turnovers against Boise/SC (2 fumbles, 2 int’s). 1-2 record in 2011 versus ranked teams. 2010 0-3 record versus ranked teams. Elite means a winner. 1-5 record versus ranked teams is not even close to Elite.

  3. 6 Corbindawg November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    And further, look how Murray compares to Andrew Luck:

    http://hedgestohardwood.blogspot.com/2011/11/tweet-o-da
    y-murray-vs-mr-heisman.html

    I would say that is pretty good company to keep.

  4. 7 Drew November 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Murray is ranked #40 in yards, Kennum’s near 4000,

    Murray is ranked #56 in passing accuracy, Moore’s over 70%.

    Murray’s record as a starter is 14-8.

    Murray’s record against ranked teams is 1-6.

  5. 9 Drew November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Murray’s record as a starter is 14-9. 1-6 versus ranked teams.

    What about that says Elite?

  6. 10 Drew November 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Aaron Murray had a terrific game. He barely missed on a pass. He threw some great back shoulder passes, requires good reads–timing–accuracy, and ran the ball well at the right time. He threw no interceptions. He led his team to a win against a ranked team. He has done it once in his career, the querstion is, is he a 1 game wonder like Garcia or a gamer like Moore? Only future games versus ranked teams will answer.

    All we know right now after this game is, versus a #24 ranked team like Auburn, Murray looked Elite for this one game.

  7. 11 dawgwalker November 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    sounds like we got some real positive people talking about this young QB in Aaron Murray first off gord heads he’s still young. this is only the second season.Look what the hell he’s had to endure both seasons.First season, A J green 4 game suspension,no that wouldn’t affect a season or a QB confidence know would it. Second season not 1 but both running backs with experience gone and having to start the season with basically a running which moved to linebacker back to offense and a true freshman.Come on people give credit where credit due, this kid is coming into his own, if you pay any attention to the game he’s allways had the ability Quick release,strong arm,can make ever throw own the field and even better on the run what more do you want out of a QB oh to be 6’5″ I think he’s doing ok at 6’1 you think, what more would you want out of a QB, come on people think about what you say just think, it’s not that hard to do this georgia Qb has got the “it” factor he’s got all the tools,and weapons and know his supporting cast is growing up in a hurry.MAN this is going to be fun to watch let’s sit back and watch this gunslinger fire away.just say go dawgs


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