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Aaron Murray and the Record Books, Part 4 - The Final Chapter Which Came Too Early

Kevin C. Cox

I didn't want to write this. Not now. Not in November. Not before even Thanksgiving. I wanted to wait until January 2nd. I wanted to wait for Aaron Murray to leave Georgia triumphant with a win in (likely) the Peach or Gator Bowl. I didn't want to write this before the Tech game. However, with #11 going down with a college career ending ACL injury, the record books are complete. We now know where Aaron stands in our record books, and we can project where he will stand in the SEC record books (ignoring how other QBs' seasons are going).

I compiled similar tables after his sophomore season, after his junior season, and in preparation for his senior season to project where he would likely end up.

Record AM's Stat UGA Ranking SEC Ranking Notes
Pass Attempts - Season 403
386
4th
5th
N/A
N/A
Sophomore year
Junior year
Stafford's junior year bumped.
Pass Attempts - Career 1478 1st 2nd Jared Lorenzen #1 in SEC at 1514

Pass Completions - Season 249
238
3rd
4th
N/A
N/A
Junior year
Sophomore year

Pass Completions - Career 921 1st 1st Chris Leak is #2 in SEC record book at 895

Pass Yards - Season 3893 1st 3rd AM's Junior Season
Pass Yards - Career 13,166 1st 1st
Completion Percentage - Season 64.8%
64.5%
2nd
3rd
N/A AM's Senior Season
AM's Junior Season
Completion Percentage - Career 62.3% 1st 10th
Average Gain per Attempt - Season 10.08 2nd Stat not kept AM's Junior Season
Average Gain per Attempt - Career 8.91 1st Stat not kept Shockley is bumped
Passing Efficiency - Season 174.8
158.82
154.48
146.41
1st
2nd
4th
10th
Stat not kept Junior season
Senior season
Freshman season
Sophomore season
Belue's 1981 season is bumped
Passing Efficiency - Career 158.60 1st 4th Tommy Hodson of LSU bumped from SEC record book
TD Passes - Game 5 1st (tied) N/A Accomplished twice: Against NMSU in 2011 and against Nebraska this season
His 4 against SCAR and Auburn in 2011 and against Kentucky and GaSouthern in 2012 tied for 7th
TD Passes - Season 36
35
26
24
1st
2nd
3rd
5th-T
4th-T
7th-T
N/A
N/A
Junior season, tied with Peyton Manning (1997) and Tim Couch(1998)
Sophomore season, tied with Danny Wuerffel (1995)
Senior season
Freshman season
TD Passes - Career 121 1st 1st Clint Stoerner (Arkansas) bumped from SEC record book
Lowest Interception % - Career,
min 600 attempts
2.77%
(41 in 1478)
3rd N/A
Most Interceptions - Career 41 2nd N/A Zeke Bratkowski #1 in UGA and SEC record books at 68 (in THREE seasons!!!)
Most Pass Yards by a Frosh 3049 1st Stat not kept -
Most Pass Yards by a Soph 3149 1st Stat not kept -
Most Pass Yards by a Junior 3893 1st Stat not kept -
Most Pass Yards by a Senior 3075 2nd Stat not kept Zeier 1st at 3396
Most Offensive Plays - Season 490
445
429
400
2nd
6th
9th
10th
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

Sophomore season
Junior season
Freshman season
Senior season
Quincy Carter's 1998 season bumped

Most Offensive Plays - Career 1764 1st 3rd Jared Lorenzen #1 at 1793
Chris Leak #2 at 1769
Average Gain Per Play - Season 8.59
8.15
7.50
1st
2nd
9th-T
2nd
10th
N/A
Junior season
Senior season
Freshman season tied with Shockley's senior season
Trippi's 1946 season bumped from our record book
Johnny Manziel's Heisman year bumped from the SEC record book
Average Gain Per Play - Career 7.68 1st 3rd James Jackson bumped from our record book
Casey Clausen bumped from the SEC record book
Total Offense - Game 445
430
414
4th
6th
10th-T
N/A
N/A
N/A
North Texas (2013)
Nebraska (2012)
Kentucky (2012), tied with Larry Rakestraw against Miami (1963)
Total Offense - Season 3825
3261
3260
3216
1st
5th
6th
7th
7th
N/A
N/A
N/A
Junior season
Senior season
Sophomore season
Freshman season
Total Offense - Career 13,554 1st 1st Erik Ainge bumped from the SEC record book
Tim Tebow #2 in the SEC at 12,232
TD Responsibility - Game 5 2nd-T N/A New Mexico State (2011), Nebraska (2012)
TD Responsibility - Season 39
37
33
28
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
7th-T
10th-T
16th
N/A
Junior year, tied with Peyton Manning (1997) and Rex Grossman (2001)
Sophomore year, tied with Danny Wuerffel (1995) and Tim Couch (1998)
Senior season
Freshman year
Joe Cox (2009) and David Greene (2002) bumped from our record book
TD Responsibility - Career 137 1st 2nd DJ Shockley bumped from our record book
David Greene #2 at UGA at 77
Tim Tebow #1 in SEC at 145
Steve Taneyhill bumped from the SEC record book

Aaron Murray leaves Georgia and the SEC as the most prolific passer in SEC history. No one has thrown for more TDs, yards, or completions. He is the first QB ever in the SEC (and only the third ever in the NCAA after Timmy Chang and Kellen Moore) to throw for three thousand yards in four straight seasons. He leaves as only the second QB in UGA history to lead us to two SEC East titles. He leaves Athens 3-0 against Tech, 3-1 against Florida, 4-0 against Tennessee, 2-2 against Auburn, and 1-3 against South Carolina. He leaves with 52 starts to his name, tied for the most QB starts in school history with David Greene. He leaves with a career record of 35-17 (roughly 66.67%).

He leaves the Classic City as a Damn Good Dawg, and more importantly, a Damn Good Person. We all wish you could have brought us two more wins. We will miss you Aaron. I can't think of any player that has represented our University as well as you. May you have the best of luck in the NFL and all that life may bring you.

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