Friday, October 4, 2013
Fans: Murray setting pace for SEC QBs
By Chris Low
We asked you earlier this week in our SportsNation poll which SEC quarterback was playing the best right now (and there are several playing lights out), and the winner was Georgia's Aaron Murray.
With nearly 15,000 votes cast, Murray received 36 percent of the vote. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was second with 30 percent. LSU's Zach Mettenberger was a distant third with 16 percent, while Alabama's AJ McCarron received 10 percent and Missouri's James Franklin 8 percent, respectively.
The ironic thing is that Murray was the preseason first-team All-SEC selection at quarterback by the coaches, which created a stir since Manziel was the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. I think Manziel's tumultuous offseason had something to do with that vote.
And while Manziel has picked up right where he left off last season and is leading the SEC in total offense (360.6 yards per game), it's hard not to be impressed by what Murray has done against a killer schedule. He leads the league in passing efficiency and has passed for eight touchdowns and only one interception in the Bulldogs' two wins over top 10 foes LSU and South Carolina.
Murray can become the SEC's all-time leader in passing yards on Saturday against Tennessee if he throws for 100 yards. Former Georgia quarterback David Greene has the current record -- 11,528 yards.