And the end of a legendary career has finally come. I wish it would have been in a more celebratory fashion, but Aaron Murray took his final exist from Stanford Stadium last Saturday night against the Kentucky Wildcats. Georgia honored their 28 seniors prior to kickoff. Not only was it hard to handle losing 28 players, but it was difficult to handle watching your quarterback tear-up because he is about to play his last game between the hedges.
I admit, it was a touching moment seeing the seniors prepare for their last home game. The media posts throughout the past week showed the seniors painting the Georgia “G” on the field. The rumored black out didn’t happen, at least for the players. However, the Georgia faithful listened to the request from players and coaches to come out and support by wearing black. It was a success.
After all the formalities were complete it was game time. Georgia was the favorite heading into the final home game competing against a winless SEC opponent in Kentucky. Let’s just face it, the Wildcats were the tame cats. So we all thought until the heart wrenching tackle on Murray.
After Murray exited the field, the Bulldawg Nation was able to witness their new starting quarterback for the 2014 season. Hutson Mason led Georgia to a strong and clear victory over Kentucky 59-10. Mason has only made 11 other appearances in games and in all games the Dawgs lead comfortably. Mason will lead the Bulldogs against Tech next week for Rival Week.
However as clear-cut as the victory was, Georgia still had difficultly with their special teams and penalties. Georgia is one of the highest penalized teams in the SEC.
But looking at the positive that surfaced from the win, Georgia did become bowl eligible. That is always good news, however, as many have already heard Murray will not playing in the upcoming Georgia Tech game or the bowl game. Murray had surgery for a torn ACL and is in the recovery process. Fingers crossed for Murray when the NFL draft comes around.
Just to list a few of Aaron Murray’s accomplishments during his four years:
All-time SEC records
- Completions (921),
- Passing yards (13,166)
- TD passes (121)
- Total offense (13,562)
- Murray became just the third quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards in each of his four college seasons.
- Murray moved to No. 2 on the SEC all-time list for Pass Attempts with 1,478.
- Murray also tied with pass QB David Green with the most starts for a non-kicker in school history with 52 games, which leads for any active NCAA player.
Overall Arron Murray has provided leadership, determination, and heart for the past four years and will be remembered for his contribution to the Bulldogs legacy. He is a DGD.
So with a happy heart, thank you Aaron for a great four years of entertainment and inspiration.