Georgia Bulldogs: Peyton Manning

The SEC's successes reach far beyond the college football landscape. Sure, the seven consecutive BCS titles -- which came to an end this year thanks to a pretty darn good Florida State team -- are well-documented, but most of the studs in this league eventually make it to the big leagues, where they continue to strut their stuff.

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesFormer Auburn QB Cam Newton is one of 24 former SEC players in the Pro Bowl.
The NFL has always had an affinity for SEC players, and this year's Pro Bowl rosters blare that loud and clear, as 24 players from the SEC were selected for the all-star game in Hawaii. The SEC was represented by at least one player at every position except kicker and punter.

This year, the Pro Bowl changed its selection format. Former NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders drafted from a pool of Pro Bowl players who were selected earlier in the season. Team Rice and Team Sanders went back-and-forth with their picks, and four of the first 10 players in the first Pro Bowl draft were former SEC players, including former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), who went No. 3 overall to Sanders.

Tennessee led the SEC with four selections. The game is Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The 24 former SEC players selected to this year's Pro Bowl:


About Them Dawgs: Aaron Murray

December, 8, 2012
Editor’s note: Each day between now and Georgia’s Capital One Bowl date with Nebraska, we will review the season for a key Bulldogs player and attempt to project what’s next. Today we’ll look at quarterback Aaron Murray.

No. 11 Aaron Murray
Junior, quarterback: 231-353, 3,466 yards, 31 TDs, 8 INTs

Role in 2012: In his third season as a starter, Murray skillfully guided Georgia’s offense to multiple school records and established himself as one of the top passers in SEC history.

The good: How good was this season for Murray? Not only did he become the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three straight seasons, he ranked second nationally in passer rating (172.36) and passed Tennessee’s Peyton Manning for second in league history with his 90>th career touchdown pass. Murray’s expert leadership helped this season’s Bulldogs score more points than any team in UGA history.

The bad: Although he performed well in a loss to Alabama, Murray’s career results against top defenses remain the biggest source of criticism in an otherwise outstanding career. Murray struggled against South Carolina this season and threw three interceptions in the first half against Florida, but threw 15 touchdowns and just one interception since then. Had he completed a touchdown pass attempt in the final seconds against Alabama -- it was instead deflected and caught by Chris Conley inbounds at the 5 just before time expired -- those questions would no longer exist.

Crystal ball: Murray is another of the underclassmen who have a big decision to make once the season is over. The fourth-year junior has all the intangibles that NFL teams look for in a quarterback, but he does not have ideal height (6-foot-1) for his position. He’s probably not going to grow over the next year, but he also could benefit from returning and delivering composed performances against some of the strong teams on Georgia’s 2013 schedule.

Key stats: Georgia Southern vs. Georgia 

November, 16, 2012
Editor’s note: Each week, the good folks at ESPN Stats and Information will help us take a look inside the numbers that matter prior to Georgia’s games. We’ll share some of their data here on the blog every Friday this fall.

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Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.


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