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Aaron Murray, QB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tampa, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 207 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - Chiefs like how they helped roster depth in draft...Then in the sixth round they grabbed guard Zach Fulton out of Tennessee and with their final selection, No. 200 in the draft, they picked offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from McGill University in Canada. A third-year medical school student, LDT gained attention from the NFL with his performance in last January's East-West Shrine Game. Dorsey stayed true to his draft board, and did not use a choice to fill what are perceived to be the two biggest holes in the Chiefs roster right now: wide receiver and free safety. Second-round choice Phillip Gaines could play on the back line, but he was drafted as a cornerback. Thomas caught 113 passes in that wide-open Oregon offense in his three seasons and could fill the slot receiver role vacated by McCluster.

Murray will compete for the No. 3 spot at quarterback with backup Chase Daniel and last year's No. 3 Tyler Bray. He likes the situation. "It's just a perfect fit," Murray said. "They run a similar scheme that I ran at Georgia. (Andy Reid) does a tremendous job at developing quarterbacks. It's a great fit. I'm not complaining one bit." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Chiefs like how they helped roster depth in draft...In the fifth round, they drafted only the fourth quarterback by Kansas City since 1998 in grabbing Georgia's Aaron Murray. A late season torn ACL and knee surgery kept him from finishing up a very productive career with the Bulldogs, but he says he's ready for full participation in the offseason program. "This was a chance to get a really quality quarterback at that position and we went with what the board gave us," said Dorsey. "He was the best player on the board at the time. He is a winner. The bottom line is he's been a winner at every stage of his career. When there are big drives that need to be made at the end of the game, he makes those drives. They didn't always win them, but he made the drives that put them in a position to win." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 5/163 - Aaron Murray, QB, 6-0, 200, Georgia...Through different general managers, coaches, coordinators and other decision-makers, the Chiefs have not been an active participant in drafting quarterbacks. Including the 1998 selection meeting, Kansas City picked three quarterbacks in 16 drafts. Murray is the most gifted and experienced college quarterback the franchise has drafted since 1983 when they made Todd Blackledge the No. 7 pick in the first round. A torn ACL and surgery put an early end to Murray's career with the Bulldogs, but he moved on as the all-time touchdown passer in the SEC with 121 scores over his four-year, 52-game starting career. - The Sports Xchange

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft radar...QB Aaron Murray, Georgia: Due to his time in Seattle, Bradley may be more willing than most to gamble on a short quarterback like Murray. Other than size, Murray possesses many of the attributes necessary for success in the NFL. He completed 62.3 percent of his passes over his career for 13,166 yards and nearly three times as many touchdowns (121) as interceptions (41) in a pro-style offense against elite competition. He showed incredible commitment by working his way back from an ACL tear to throw at Georgia's Pro Day and impressed in attending the Senior Bowl despite being unable to play. Further, Murray's accuracy and underrated blend of velocity and mobility would make him an attractive fit in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's scheme. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Aaron Murray, Georgia, 6-1, 207, 4.84...Murray is physically and mentally tough, commands respect. Nice over-the-top passing motion. Coming back from November ACL surgery. Some scouts compare him to similarly sized Drew Brees. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/16/2014 - Quarterback Aaron Murray still has some convincing to do after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in late November. Even so, Murray believes he alleviated many potential concerns about his health after working out in front of 23 NFL teams at Georgia's pro day Wednesday. Murray said he felt "no limitations" despite wearing a brace on his left knee. Murray hopes that some scouts will recommend him as a second-round draft pick after his scripted workout that included 54 passes to several receivers on a windy, chilly morning. "We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy," he said. "That way these teams don't have to worry about if they draft me that I'm going to have to sit out or anything like that."

Murray likewise understands that he could be the ninth quarterback taken and could fall into the fourth or fifth round. But Murray says that NFL teams are impressed with his resume at Georgia - 52 starts and Southeastern Conference career passing records for yards and touchdowns. In conversations with former Georgia stars A.J. Green, a Pro Bowl receiver with Cincinnati, and Matthew Stafford, the Detroit Lions' quarterback, Murray has been reassured that NFL teams value a successful career in the SEC. "Obviously it's not the NFL, but it's the closest thing to it when it comes to college football," Murray said. "That helps us after playing against these top (opponents) week in and week out, gets us ready for the NFL." - AP Sports

04/16/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: QB Aaron Murray healthy, impressive in workout...For a prospect who was a four-year SEC starting quarterback and holds numerous school and conference passing records, Georgia's Aaron Murray still has a lot to prove. And on Wednesday at the school's on-campus pro day, he checked a lot of boxes for NFL scouts, most importantly throwing well with his surgically repaired knee. Murray completed 48 of 54 passes outside on the Bulldogs' practice fields, showing he could throw the entire route tree and that the knee injury wasn't a concern. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last November and rehabbed vigorously to be walking without crutches by the NFL combine and looked natural in his movements on Wednesday -- a remarkable recovery in less than five months. Murray's 54-pass script was run by former NFL quarterback coach, Terry Shea, and was designed to show a myriad of different throws with the former Bulldog quarterback moving, planting and showing full range of motion with his knee.

"I feel great right now," said Murray, who didn't participate in any of the agility drills like the 40-yard dash. "I feel no limitations with the knee. I think everyone today saw that between all the movement I was doing, the cutting, the sprinting. We put a lot of throws on the right, left, demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy. These teams don't have to worry about if they draft me, I'm going to have to sit out or something like that." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/16/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: QB Aaron Murray healthy, impressive in workout...With 23 NFL teams represented, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and several others were in attendance to see Murray perform. At a hair under 6-1 and 207 pounds, Murray doesn't have the size NFL teams covet at the position, but similar to Russell Wilson, he grades above average with his mental development and natural intangibles to run an offense. He leaves Georgia as the most accomplished passer in school history, running a traditional under-center, pro-style offense with a lot of I-formation and NFL throws.

Murray lacks ideal physical traits with his size and arm strength, but he is an extremely detailed passer with his mechanics and movements, showing the decisions of a smart, seasoned veteran. He thrives with a clean pocket and clear sight lines, but it's a different story when pressured, lacking the escapability to routinely run away from pass rushers. Murray has strong football character traits with a coachable attitude and has even attracted some Russell Wilson comparisons. And when healthy, Murray's NFL floor is as a solid NFL backup, but that might also be his ceiling as the lack of physical tools might be too much to overcome. However, his positive workout on Wednesday only helped remind NFL teams how talented Murray is and it shouldn't surprise anyone if he is a top-100 pick on draft weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/06/2014 - Pro Days are wrapping up in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft and while most of the big names have already shown their stuff, there's still plenty of interesting teams and players on the docket. For instance, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray's a special case because he tore his ACL in November while Georgia was playing Kentucky ... and is somehow going to throw at his UGA's April 16 pro day anyway. "He looks great," Murray's agent Pat Dye told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I mean his body composition looks great, his knee looks great, he's moving around really well, he's not favoring it at all. His strength and conditioning coaches and his movement coaches down there say they've very rarely had anybody come through there with the kind work ethic, drive and passion that he has. He not only will he be able to give them a representative workout at Pro Day, but he'll be able to do all his drops and roll-outs. "He's not going to run the 40 or do any of the timed drills. There's no point in that. But he's throwing the ball great."

Murray is NFLDraftScout.com's 8th-ranked quarterback (and 141st overall player) and is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round of May's draft. His stock obviously took a hit after suffering the ACL injury; some thought he could be mentioned among the top quarterbacks, although his size (6'1") is a concern. It's fantastic news that things are going well for the quarterback now, however. If he's as improved as Dye says, it could certainly spice up the draft a bit. "Everything's going great," Dye said. "He wakes up every day trying to get better. Things look good. We've still got a little time. I think teams will be pretty shocked at what they see." - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

12/13/2013 - Aaron Murray said Friday his recovery from knee surgery is going "extremely well" and he expects to participate in Georgia's pro day so he can show NFL teams he is "on the right track." Murray captured most of the Southeastern Conference's major passing records in four years as Georgia's quarterback before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Kentucky on Nov. 23 and had surgery three days later.

Murray said Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson is supervising his rehabilitation. Murray said he plans to be ready to join Georgia's draft-eligible players when they work out for NFL coaches and scouts in April. "My goal is to be back for my pro day," Murray said. "We're going to push it back as far as possible. I was just talking with Ron and they really believe I'm going to be looking pretty good to go out there and do drops and roll-outs and run the 40 if I want to and things like that. That's my goal. I want to be ready for pro day."

Asked his chances to meet that goal, Murray said "very high." He said he was emotional when first told the ACL was torn but said he quickly moved on to preparing for the surgery and recovery. "I felt sorry for myself for about 20, 30 minutes at the stadium and then like I said, it was on to the next thing, figure out what we needed to do to get better, to heal up and get stronger and get going in the right direction," he said. - AP Sports

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia, 6-1, 208, Sr,...Murray threw for 3,075 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for seven more scores this season and became the first quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000-plus yards in four consecutive seasons. The Tampa native set four SEC career records in his final season as a Bulldog, including touchdown passes, total offense, passing yards and completions. He is also the SEC's leading player in TD responsibility (137), and his 13,166 passing yards are No. 2 nationally among active FBS quarterbacks. - Georgia football

12/11/2013 - 2013 SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Aaron Murray, Georgia...Murray is one of 16 players nationwide who earned the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and was one of two SEC finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy. He recorded a 4.0 grade point average in his first semester of a psychology doctorate program. He is a three-time Academic All-District selection, was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America second-team selection and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Murray is the SEC career record holder for total yards (13,155), touchdown passes (121), total offense (13,562) and completions (921). - SEC football

11/29/2013 - Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage planned to announce Monday that Georgia QB Aaron Murray was one of the confirmed players for the Senior Bowl, securing one of the coveted six quarterback spots. But Saturday in the Bulldogs' win over Kentucky, Murray suffered a gruesome injury to his left knee and on Sunday it was confirmed he'll need surgery to repair a torn ACL. Georgia's athletic department released a statement on Sunday: "Murray experienced minimal swelling and it was determined to proceed with the surgery this week, according to UGA Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson."

The injury ends the most productive career in SEC history for a passer as Murray finishes with 13,166 passing yards and 121 touchdowns, both conference records. But with a rigorous rehab in his future, Murray will be shelved for the next few months, almost certainly keeping him from participating in the Senior Bowl (Jan. 25) or combine (Feb. 19-25). The injury shouldn't hurt his draft grade too badly, but Murray will miss out on some opportunities to convert some doubters during the pre-draft process. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/24/2013 - Aaron Murray threw four first-half touchdown passes before hurting his left knee and missing the second half of his final home game as Georgia beat Kentucky 59-17 on Saturday night. Todd Gurley ran for 77 yards and had five catches for 90 yards, including touchdown receptions for 16 and 24 yards, for Georgia (7-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference). Murray, already favoring the left knee, left the game after he was hit by defensive end Za'Darius Smith following a pass that was intercepted by Khalid Henderson with 2:17 remaining in the half.

Murray was unable to put pressure on his left leg as he was helped off the field and taken to the Georgia locker room. Georgia announced Murray was taken to an Athens hospital to have a MRI on the knee. Hutson Mason, who replaced Murray, threw and ran for touchdowns. Kentucky (2-8, 0-7) lost its 15th straight SEC game. The Wildcats must beat Tennessee next week to avoid their second straight 0-8 finish in the conference. - AP Sports

11/24/2013 - Georgia QB Murray having ACL surgery...The University of Georgia confirmed Sunday that senior quarterback Aaron Murray will have ACL surgery on his left knee. Murray was injured during Saturday's 59-17 blowout win over Kentucky. The school announced that since swelling in Murray's knee was minimal, he will have surgery Tuesday instead of waiting the typical two weeks. Murray's mother, Lauren Murray, earlier in the day posted an announcement on Facebook that he would have season-ending surgery. Murray did not confirm what his mother posted but wrote on Twitter: "Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours. Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all #GoDawgs"

Murray finishes his collegiate career as the SEC's all-time leading passer with 13,166 yards with 121 touchdowns. He started 52 straight games for the Bulldogs and nearly led them to a national championship in 2012, falling just short to Alabama. Murray opted to return for his senior season instead of the NFL draft. He completed nearly 65 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but Georgia is just 7-4 with one game left at Georgia Tech. - The Sports Xchange

11/09/2013 - Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes to set the SEC career record, and Georgia broke open a close game with a dominant second half to beat Appalachian State 45-6 Saturday. Todd Gurley, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas ran for touchdowns as Georgia (6-3) outscored the Mountaineers 31-0 in the second half after leading only 14-6 at halftime. Appalachian State (2-8) reached eight losses for the first time since a 3-8 finish in 1979. The Mountaineers, in their last season as a FCS team, are moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

Murray completed 19 of 26 passes for 281 yards with touchdown passes to Rantavious Wooten and Michael Bennett. He threw one interception. Hutson Mason took over in the fourth quarter and threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Kenneth Towns. Murray began the day one touchdown pass behind Danny Wuerffel's Southeastern Conference record of 114 at Florida from 1993-96. - AP Sports

10/08/2013 - Georgia's Aaron Murray entered this season needing a big senior year to help show pro scouts that he has the skills for the next level. The Bulldogs' signal caller became the SEC's career leader in passing yards over the weekend and has an impressive resume, but at the end of the day, his lack of ideal size and arm strength will be tough for teams to overlook. However, when I gauged the interest in Murray from some around the league, one response from an AFC scout stood out: "He's limited, but I like him a lot better than Kirk Cousins. Kid was born to play quarterback." Murray is expected to test well on the chalkboard and has the intangibles that evaluators seek at the position. But will that be enough to overlook the mediocre physical traits? For most, probably not. But all it takes is that one team. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/05/2013 - Georgia's Aaron Murray is the new Southeastern Conference record holder for career yards passing. Murray's 24-yard completion to Chris Conley on a fourth-and-4 play from the Tennessee 39-yard line in in the second quarter Saturday gave him 11,538 career yards passing. Murray capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten that increased his career total to 11,542 and gave the sixth-ranked Bulldogs a 17-3 lead.

The SEC record was previously held by David Greene, who threw for 11,528 yards while at Georgia from 2001-04. Murray, a senior, also is within reach of the SEC record for career touchdown passes. Murray's two touchdown passes in the first 25 minutes of Saturday's game improved his career total to 108. Danny Wuerffel threw 114 touchdown passes at Florida from 1993-96. - AP Sports

10/05/2013 - Well, this certainly wasn't what the experts projected -- not overtime between two teams that looked to be on different ends of the SEC spectrum. But in the end, it was sixth-ranked Georgia that eked out the 34-31 win Saturday on a 42-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan on the first possession of the extra period to save the day and perhaps the season for the Bulldogs. Talk about a crazy finish. Pig Howard appeared to have given the Vols the first lead of overtime but lost control of the ball and fumbled through the end zone, giving the Bulldogs the ball and a chance to win the game. Morgan did that, drilling his kick to send Georgia players swarming onto the field.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones almost got the signature moment he was looking for. Rajion Neal's 7-yard run with 1:54 left in regulation seemed to put the game away. But Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, much like he did last week against LSU, brought the Bulldogs back and sent the game into overtime when he zipped a 2-yard pass to Rantavious Wooten with just five seconds left in regulation. Bulldogs injuries added to Saturday's intrigue. - The Sports Xchange

10/01/2013 - WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw four TD passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 left, and ran for another score to help the No. 9 Bulldogs rally to beat No. 6 LSU 44-41. - AP Sports

10/01/2013 - Georgia can make a strong case for playing the nation's toughest schedule in the season's first month. The Bulldogs have played three games against teams ranked in the Top 10 at the time of their meeting and have won two of them. "It's been a tough start to the season, playing three Top 10 teams in our first four games," senior QB Aaron Murray said after rallying the Bulldogs to a 44-41 win over No. 6 LSU. "And I am so proud of the way our team has gotten through it. "We knew that today was going to be a fight, and we were up to it."

The Bulldogs, who got a win over then-No. 6 South Carolina their second game after losing at No. 8 Clemson to open the season, could use a break but won't get one for a while. Before their lone open date the weekend of Oct. 26, they must go to Tennessee, host Missouri, then go to Vanderbilt. "We've still got a long way to go, that's for sure," coach Mark Richt said. "We're not 100 percent solid in all areas. "We've got to make some improvements. But I know we will keep fighting." - The Sports Xchange

10/01/2013 - Georgia is back in the national championship picture after a statement win over LSU. Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining, and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs rallied to beat No. 6 LSU 44-41 in a thrilling game between Southeastern Conference powerhouses.

The Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) completed their opening-month run through a gauntlet of top 10 teams with a victory that propelled them back into the thick of the national championship race. LSU went ahead 41-37 on Jeremy Hill's 8-yard touchdown run with 4:14 to go, but that was plenty of time for Murray and the high-powered Bulldogs on a day when neither defense had much success.

Murray completed three straight passes and capped the drive by finding Scott-Wesley, who broke wide open behind the secondary to haul in a pass and tiptoe just inside the pylon for the winning score. Murray ran for Georgia's other touchdown on a sneak and finished with 298 yards passing in Georgia's second victory over a top 10 team after a season-opening loss to Clemson. - AP Sports

10/01/2013 - Georgia QB Aaron Murray threw eight touchdown passes in his first seven games against Top 10 opponents, and his team had a 1-6 record in those games. (He also threw nine interceptions.) In his last two games against Top 10 teams, both ranked No. 6, Murray has thrown eight touchdowns. He has just one INT in these Top 10 Georgia wins in the past three weeks. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 CBSSPORTS.COM OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Georgia QB Aaron Murray...Murray was sensational in the 44-41 duel with LSU on Saturday. He completed 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns while adding a one-yard touchdown run just before halftime that gave Georgia a 24-17 lead at the break. Murray has excelled in two victories over Top 10 teams in the last three games, and moved to No. 2 in SEC history with 11,659 yards of total offense.

Murray was a perfect 4-4 on the Bulldogs' game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes, finding Justin Scott-Wesley wide open in a coverage breakdown for a 25 touchdown as the eventual game-winning score. - CBSSports.com

09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 NCAA NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray threw four TD passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining, and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs rallied to beat No. 6 LSU 44-41 in a thriller between SEC powerhouses. Georgia is only the fourth team since the BCS began in 1998 to face three top-10 teams in the first four games of a season. The Bulldogs opened with a 38-35 non-conference loss to Clemson, but came back to beat South Carolina 41-30 and now the Tigers. Murray is now 100 yards shy of eclipsing former UGa. QB David Greene for the most career pasing yards in SEC history. - NCAA.com

09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia...Murray has been named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the 44-41 win over #6 LSU...He connected on 20-of-34 for 298 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for his third touchdown of the year...This marked Murray's second win over an SEC top-10 team in the last three games as he helped generate 494 yards of total offense on the Tigers defense.

Under Murray's direction, the Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in all four of their games this season, including at least 41 versus both #6 South Carolina and LSU...Murray moved into the No. 2 spot in school history with career passing yardage with 11,429 (former Bulldog David Greene holds the school and SEC records at 11,528); in total offense, Murray now has 11,659, which is No. 2 in SEC history. - SEC football

09/29/2013 - WEEK 5 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray, Georgia, Senior, Quarterback, Tampa, FL/Plant...Aaron Murray earns Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season (Sept. 9) after throwing for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the ninth-ranked Bulldogs' 44-41 victory over #6 LSU. Murray completed 20-of-34 passes and connected on the game's winning score - a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 remaining in the game.

With the win, Georgia improved to 3-1, 2-0 in the SEC. Aaron Murray is the eighth Georgia player to earn Player of the Week honors (since 2004). Murray is the second UGA player to earn multiple honors joining three-time Player of the Week recipient - former Bulldog LB Jarvis Jones. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

09/29/2013 - Georgia's Aaron Murray can come up big against Top 10 teams...After being criticized for his inability to lead Georgia to victories against teams ranked in the Top 10, Murray has now won two straight. Saturday's 44-41 victory over No. 6 LSU was his second in a row ranked No. 6 following the Bulldogs' 41-30 win over South Carolina three weeks ago. - The Sports Xchange

09/28/2013 - Sixth-ranked LSU and No. 9 Georgia stood toe to toe Saturday at Sanford Stadium, trading haymakers that would have made Floyd Mayweather proud. In the end, Georgia landed the final blow, scoring with 1:47 left and holding on to beat the Tigers 44-41. Jeremy Hill gave LSU a 41-37 lead with an 8-yard run before Georgia got the ball one more time with 4:41 to play. Aaron Murray drove the Bulldogs back, reclaiming the lead with a 25-yard pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining. With the crowd roaring, Zach Mettenberger completed a first-down pass to the Bulldog 35, but four straight incompletions by the Athens native enabled Georgia to hold on and remain in the chase for the national title.

The track meet that many anticipated didn't take long to develop as each team tallied a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. Murray and Mettenberger were the big stories. Murray completed 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns, while Mettenberger hit 23 of 37 for 372 yards and three scores. Murray, a senior, tossed touchdown passes of 5 yards to Michael Bennett and 25 to Chris Conley, while Mettenberger connected twice with Kadron Boone, first on a 48-yarder and again from 4 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw for 408 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 9 Bulldogs to a 45-21 victory over pesky North Texas. - AP Sports

09/21/2013 - No doubt a nation's collective eye was focused squarely on a rainy Sanford Stadium on Saturday when North Texas was thinking upset midway through the third quarter against ninth-ranked Georgia. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Aaron Murray had other plans, accounting for two second-half touchdowns that helped Georgia pull away with a 45-21 win. Murray completed 22-of-30 passes for 408 yards and three scores, while adding another touchdown on a 1-yard run.

But the game was too close for coach Mark Richt's comfort, especially after a couple of special-teams breakdowns -- a 99-yard kickoff return by Brelan Chancellor and a blocked punt that Zach Whitfield recovered in the end zone -- had the score tied at 21 eight minutes into the third. However, that's when the Bulldogs (2-1) were able to regain their mojo, scoring 24 straight points. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2013 - Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. 9 Georgia to a 45-21 victory over pesky North Texas on Saturday. Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD - the longest pass play in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (2-1). The Mean Green (2-2) came in as a 33-point underdog, but big plays on special teams helped make a game of it. Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Zac Whitfield fell on a blocked punt in the end zone early in the second half to stunningly tie the game at 21.

Murray made sure the Bulldogs avoided the upset. He scored on a 1-yard sneak and went to Conley on a 4-yard TD. Georgia outgained North Texas by a staggering margin in total yards, 641-245, the fourth-most in school history. But the Bulldogs didn't put it away until the fourth quarter. Murray became only the second Southeastern Conference quarterback with 100 career scoring passes. The three TDs pushed his total to 102, trailing only 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel of Florida (114). - AP Sports

09/09/2013 - Aaron Murray beats South Carolina, boosting NFL stock along the way...The vast majority of Murray's 98 career touchdown passes have come from the pocket but Saturday he was equally dangerous rolling out, showing the vision to see the field while buying time with his legs with Clowney and Co. frequently in pursuit. Touchdown passes to Gurley late in the third quarter and wideout Justin Scott-Wesley early in the fourth quarter, in fact, came with Murray on the move. On the stat-sheet, Murray's 85-yard pass to Scott-Wesley was the more impressive of the two throws. It was an impressive toss, as Murray rolled left, saw the South Carolina defensive backs cheating and showed off his arm by zipping the ball 40-yards on a rope, allowing his receiver to run after the catch for the game's most explosive play.

The throw to Gurley was even more impressive, however, as Murray showed off his underrated athleticism by sprinting right, pointing to a spot in the corner of the end zone and hitting his tightly covered running back with a perfect pass. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia...Versus #6 South Carolina, Murray was 17-of-23 passing (74 percent) for 309 yards and four touchdowns for a 244.2 pass efficiency mark...This was the ninth time in his career that Murray has had at least four passing touchdowns in a game...He connected with eight different receivers, including first-time starter Justin Scott-Wesley who hauled in a career-long 85 yard touchdown to put Georgia up 41-30 in the fourth quarter...Murray moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards. - SEC football

09/09/2013 - Aaron Murray beats South Carolina, boosting NFL stock along the way...Despite former Indianapolis Colts' head coach Tony Dungy's assertion a year ago that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray could have been the top-rated passer in the 2013 NFL draft, scouts weren't quite so sure. Over his three seasons in Athens, Murray certainly has shown many of the traits scouts are looking for in a potential franchise quarterback -- including arm talent, toughness and intelligence. Fair or not, among the primary reservations talent evaluators had about Murray was the perception that he'd struggled in big moments against top competition.

Murray may have exorcized that demon, however, with a stirring (and perhaps most importantly smart) performance against Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina Saturday, beating the Gamecocks for the first time in four tries. The win evens Georgia's record at 1-1 after their season-opening loss to Clemson but gave the Bulldogs a potentially critical leg-up in a crowded SEC East race. While the terrific running of sophomore sensation Todd Gurley (among others) can't be overstated, Murray was brilliant against the Gamecocks, completing 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2013 - SEPT 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS CO-QUARTERBACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray (Georgia)...Murray shredded the Gamecocks on 17-of-23 passing (74 percent) for 309 yards and four touchdowns. He finished with a 244.2 pass efficiency mark as the Bulldogs topped South Carolina 41-30 in Sanford Stadium. Murray moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards in his career.

Honorable Mention: Taysom Hill (BYU), Bryce Petty (Baylor), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Travis Wilson (Utah), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Jameis Winston (Florida State), Devin Gardner (Michigan), Chuckie Keeton (Utah State), Tayor Kelly (Arizona State), Cole Stoudt (Clemson), Corey Robinson (Troy) - Georgia football

09/09/2013 - Aaron Murray beats South Carolina, boosting NFL stock along the way...Murray's ball placement throughout this contest was highly impressive. He frequently hit his pass-catchers (including wideouts, tight end Arthur Lynch and running back Keith Marshall) in stride, allowing them opportunities to extend the play.

At 6-1, 208-pounds Murray does not possess the size scouts would prefer at the position. Unlike other shorter passers who have bucked the odds to enjoy success in the NFL, Murray has struggled, at times, with passes being knocked down at the line of scrimmage. This did not occur in this contest, however, easing some of the concerns scouts may have about his height and poise.

Murray entered the week as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7-rated senior quarterback. He may not possess the dual-threat capabilities of Clemson's Tahj Boyd or the deep ball proficiency of Miami's Stephen Morris (who also flashed Saturday) but the four-year starter certainly ranks among the safest of this year's quarterback prospects. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw for 309 yards and four TDs to lead the 11th-ranked Bulldogs over No. 6 South Carolina 41-30. - AP Sports

09/09/2013 - SEPT 9 NCAA NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray completed nearly 74 percent of his passes and finished with a 244.2 quarterback efficiency rating in the 41-30 win against South Carolina. Saturday marked the ninth time in Murray's career in which he threw at least four touchdown passes and he moved to No. 2 on Georgia's all-time total offense list with 10,907 yards in his four seasons. Murray capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs by slipping away from South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney and connecting with Justin Scott-Wesley on an 85-yard touchdown pass with 13 minutes remaining to seal the Bulldogs' first win of the season. - NCAA.com

09/09/2013 - SEPT 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL CO-OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray (Georgia)...Murray shredded the Gamecocks on 17-of-23 passing (74 percent) for 309 yards and four touchdowns. He finished with a 244.2 pass efficiency mark as the Bulldogs topped South Carolina 41-30 in Sanford Stadium. Murray moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards in his career. The Bulldogs are off this week before hosting North Texas on Sept. 21 in Sanford Stadium. Georgia is ranked ninth in Sunday's Associated Press poll. - Georgia football

09/08/2013 - WEEK 2 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray, Georgia, Senior, Quarterback, Tampa, FL/Plant...Aaron Murray completed 17-of-23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns as 11th-ranked Georgia defeated #6 South Carolina, 41-30, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Murray, who connected with eight different receivers in the game, threw scoring passes of 3, 6, 8 and 85 yards to lead the Bulldogs (1-1). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

09/07/2013 - Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 on Saturday for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East. Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national title.

Murray took care of that, turning in one of the best games of his career and shaking off his reputation as a quarterback who couldn't win the big game. The fifth-year senior capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) with an 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining. The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1. Davis led the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries. - AP Sports

09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Aaron Murray will need to demonstrate his leadership and get the Bulldogs to quickly regroup after a tough loss at Clemson. Murray was on target against Clemson, completing 20 of 29 passes for 323 yards. But he also threw an interception, lost a fumble and was sacked four times. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2013 - The biggest difference between Clemson and Georgia right now: Boyd is a great college quarterback. Aaron Murray is a very good one. That shouldn't be a knock on Murray. Murray had a fumble and thew an interception in the second quarter, and his record is 1-9 against top 15 opponents. I do buy that the Dawgs have a real Heisman Trophy contender on this team, but it's Gurley, not Murray.

It's too soon to say Georgia's BCS title hopes are done. Not with the schedule they have. South Carolina is on deck. Murray needs a lot more help from his O-line, especially at tackle, where they were shaky and now have to deal with the loaded Gamecock D-line. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

08/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Aaron Murray is entering his fourth and final season at Georgia as the most accomplished passer in school history. That's no small feat, considering Georgia has produced a lineage of successful QBs ranging from Fran Tarkenton to Matthew Stafford. The senior from Tampa will look to build on his 95 career TD passes and 10,091 career yards while trying to shed the label of a QB unable to win big games. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2013 - Georgia QB Aaron Murray said he's been more disciplined with his diet in an effort to improve his strength and conditioning. "Everything in the weight room went up which is encouraging as well and I haven't had junk food in about two months" Murray said. "However, I love sour patch watermelons, they're my weakness but I haven't had those in forever. I don't even remember what they taste like which is a good thing. I haven't had fast food all semester. We did it to improve my physical status I guess so this is the best I've felt in four years." - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Aaron Murray - You could substitute running back Todd Gurley for Murray, but as a fifth-year senior, Murray will provide leadership to a balanced offense. Murray's 95 career TD passes are the most in school history and his 64.5 completion percentage in 2012 was the best in his career. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia,...Appeared in 14 games in 2012 making 14 starts and finished with 3,893 yards passing, 36 TD passes, completing 249-of-388, and finished second in the country with a 174.82 rating, which is the highest single season rating in school history ... Set the single-season passing yardage record with 3,893 yards, single-season total offense record with 3,825 yards, single season TD passing record with 36, and the single season school touchdown responsibility record with 39. - Georgia football

08/22/2013 - On Thursday the SEC released its Coaches' 2013 Preseason All-SEC team, and while all the usual suspects can be found on all three teams, there was one decision that is certainly going to raise some eyebrows. Last season Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron helped lead the Crimson Tide to its second straight national title. So which one of these was named to the First-Team? Neither. That honor went to Georgia's Aaron Murray.

Now, in all honesty, all three of these quarterbacks are pretty good at their jobs. I mean, Murray threw for 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns last season. He's not exactly a slouch. Still, it's somewhat odd that the coaches wouldn't name Manziel to the First-Team -- coaches couldn't vote for their own players, by the way -- and you have to wonder if there wasn't a message behind the decision of the coaches. Or it could just be that Murray is entering his senior season and coaches tend to reward seniors. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

08/21/2013 - TOP GEORGIA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Aaron Murray (6-1, 212, 4.84)...While there are plenty of positives to note when discussing Murray, one obvious concern is his lack of preferred size. The success of Drew Brees (and Russell Wilson last year) proves that shorter quarterbacks can be successful in the NFL, though extraordinary awareness is required to prove the exception to the rule. Murray, frankly, hasn't yet shown this level of savvy. Too often, his passes are batted down at the line of scrimmage - or sneak through only to be dropped by pass-catchers who aren't able to see the ball come out of Murray's hand before it gets to them.

With improved awareness as a senior Murray could emerge as one of the top quarterback prospects for the 2014. Without improvement, however, his spot among the elite isn't assured at this time, which should make Murray among the more heavily scrutinized prospects in the country this fall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Aaron Murray's return is huge for the Bulldogs, as the three-year starter has already put up big passing numbers throughout his storied Georgia career. Murray passed for a school-record 36 TDs last season with just 10 interceptions, a TD-to-interception ratio of better than 3-to-1. - The Sports Xchange

08/21/2013 - TOP GEORGIA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Aaron Murray (6-1, 212, 4.84)...Murray could be this year's version of Matt Barkley - a highly celebrated collegiate quarterback whose lack of ideal traits could leave him waiting longer on draft day than some expect. Murray enters his senior campaign having already stamped his name in the SEC record books. He's thrown for over 3,000 yards each of his three seasons in Athens since redshirting in 2009 - a feat no other quarterback in conference history has ever accomplished. He's completed 61.5% of his passes during that time for nearly three times as many scores (95) as interceptions (32).

As one might expect given his playing time, Murray does many of the little things well. He has a quick set-up and delivery. He throws a tight spiral and is creative in the pocket, showing the ability to slide and re-set, as well as deliver passes from a variety of arm slots. He throws deep passes with velocity and good trajectory and can attack down the seam with excellent touch, as well. He's starred in a pro-style offense for three seasons against elite competition. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Aaron Murray, Georgia,...In his 28 wins as a starter, he has 74 touchdowns to just 16 interceptions. Murray is the SEC's leading active player in total offensive yards (10,301), completions (696), touchdown responsibility (105), touchdown passes (95) and passing yards (10,091). - Georgia football

08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Aaron Murray Sr. GEORGIA 78.4,...Murray is one of the nation's elite at his position. In 2012, Murray ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency at 174.82. He became the first Southeastern Conference quarterback in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons last year. - Georgia football

08/14/2013 - SEC'S 10 MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN 2013: 6. Georgia QB Aaron Murray....You could substitute running back Todd Gurley for Murray, but as a fifth-year senior, Murray will provide leadership to a balanced offense. Murray's 95 career TD passes are the most in school history and his 64.5 completion percentage in 2012 was the best in his career. He surprised some when he chose to return to school, but Murray has a lot hanging in the balance. He not only is trying to guide Georgia to an SEC title, but his NFL prospects -- former Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would've drafted Murray No. 1 overall in 2013 -- are worth watching. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

08/07/2013 - Keith Marshall had a 75-yard touchdown run but Aaron Murray threw three interceptions in Georgia's scrimmage that left coach Mark Richt unimpressed. Richt says the Bulldogs lacked energy in Wednesday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. Murray completed 13 of 18 passes for 198 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. In all, Georgia quarterbacks threw six interceptions. Hutson Mason completed 12 of 18 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Brice Ramsey threw two interceptions and Christian LeMay also threw an interception.

Sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson had two interceptions. Damian Swann, Shaquille Fluker, Brendan Langley and Austin Herod also picked off passes. Linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Reggie Carter each had six tackles. Marshall ran for 80 yards. Todd Gurley had 12 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. - AP Sports

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)...Appeared in 14 games making 14 starts in 2012 ... finished with 3,893 yards passing, 36 TD passes, completing 249-of-388, and finished second in the country with a 174.82 rating, which is the highest single season rating in school history ... Set the single-season passing yardage record with 3,893 yards, single-season total offense record with 3,825 yards, single season TD passing record with 36, and the single season school touchdown responsibility record with 39. - Georgia football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia...Murray is one of the nation's elite at his position. In 2012, Murray ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency at 174.82. He became the first Southeastern Conference quarterback in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons last year.

In his 28 wins as a starter, he has 74 touchdowns to just 16 interceptions. Murray is the SEC's leading active player in total offensive yards (10,301), completions (696), touchdown responsibility (105), touchdown passes (95) and passing yards (10,091). - Georgia football

07/18/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Aaron Murray, Georgia...Murray, a native of Tampa, Fla., is one of the nation's elite at his position. In 2012, Murray ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency at 174.82. He became the first Southeastern Conference quarterback in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons last year.

In his 28 wins as a starter, he has 74 touchdowns to just 16 interceptions. Murray is the SEC's leading active player in total offensive yards (10,301), completions (696), touchdown responsibility (105), touchdown passes (95) and passing yards (10,091). Murray was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award last year and is already on the watch list for this year's Maxwell Award, which is given to the collegiate player of the year. - Georgia football

07/18/2013 - Jadeveon Clowney raised eyebrows earlier this week by saying Georgia's Aaron Murray was one of several quarterbacks who'd been "scared" facing South Carolina's Heisman-candidate defensive end. No one really blamed Murray, of course, since fear in the presence of Mr. Clowney is the natural reaction for any human being less imposing than RoboCop. But Thursday at SEC media days, Murray responded -- unsurprisingly -- that Clowney had overstated things, and that the senior Georgia quarterback wasn't afraid of facing him again this season.

"You know, I think the word 'fear' was misused for respect," Murray said, per the Macon Telegraph. "[I] definitely have a lot of respect for him. He's one of if not the best player in the country ... A guy that you really do have to gameplan for and set a plan for him. "I'm definitely not scared. But definitely respect greatly what he's able to do on the field."

Murray added that, "I'm not scared of getting hit by anyone." And his teammate Arthur Lynch defended him, saying, "I think he's more afraid of his mother, personally."

The truth, of course, is that both players are simply discussing semantics -- where the line is drawn inside Murray's head between "fear" and "respect" is something not even Murray himself and a team of Sigmund Freuds could tease out in a month. Clowney says one thing, Murray insists another, tomato, tomahto, let's call the whole thing off ... or, rather, settle it in Sanford Stadium this coming Sept. 7. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia...Murray, a native of Tampa, Fla., is one of the nation's elite at his position. In 2012, Murray ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency at 174.82. He became the first Southeastern Conference quarterback in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons last year. In his 28 wins as a starter, he has 74 touchdowns to just 16 interceptions. Murray is the SEC's leading active player in total offensive yards (10,301), completions (696), touchdown responsibility (105), touchdown passes (95) and passing yards (10,091). - Georgia football

07/11/2013 - Georgia has decided not to run a Heisman campaign on quarterback Aaron Murray's behalf, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported on Thursday. The school's associate athletics director for communications, Claude Felton, believes such methods are outdated. "Today is a different age than the days of what many remember and what is perceived a as the traditional 'Heisman Campaign,'

Felton said in an e-mail on Thursday. "The most important things in my view are name recognition, being on television, and playing well when you are on TV. Name recognition is not an issue with Aaron, who has been around now four years. "He's the only QB in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards three consecutive years already. Virtually all our games are on television. Three of our first four games this fall are against teams potentially in the nation's pre-season top ten--Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU. We'll see how things stand at the end of September."

Murray is a senior on the verge of owning every major SEC passing record. Last year, he threw for 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns while finishing second nationally in passing efficiency. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com

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