Murray eyeing SEC milestones

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray takes questions during Day 3 of SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday.

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Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — Through the history of Florida football, there have been some classic villains. It's not that they did anything bad, but they beat Florida and sometimes in a heartbreaking fashion.

Aaron Murray is right up there.

The Georgia quarterback has won two straight against Florida. He hasn't been at his best against the Gators, but he has been good enough and made just enough big plays.

This year, the quarterback from Tampa goes for a three-peat.

“It would be awesome,” he said. “Not just because it would be three times in a row, but because it's such a big game. It's fun. It's a little personal because I'm from Florida. I have friends who go to Florida who talk trash the whole week.”

If it's not enough that Murray has been the quarterback for two straight wins over the Gators, he's about to take down some UF legends.

Murray heads into his fourth season at Georgia with the opportunity to rewrite not only the Georgia record book but also the SEC's.

And in his sights are Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak.

Murray needs 20 touchdown passes to break Wuerffel's record of 114 for a career.

He needs 1,940 total yards to break Tim Tebow's record of 12,232.

And he needs 200 completions to break Leak's record of 895 completions in a career.

Assuming Murray stays healthy, it's difficult to believe those records won't fall.

“I don't worry about the records at all,” Murray said. “My goal is to get us a championship. I just want to be able to put our team in the best position possible.”

Murray had the Bulldogs on the brink of an SEC title last year when he drove the Bulldogs within yards of a game-winning touchdown as time expired against Alabama. He said he's watched that game four times to look for things he could have done better.

Because in the end, a championship is the one thing that has eluded Murray during his career. It's a big reason he came back for his senior season and spent the summer with quarterback guru George Whitfield in Oklahoma instead of vacationing in an exotic location.

“That's why I'm back,” he said, “to win a championship.”

In most leagues, a quarterback who has thrown for more than 10,000 yards and 95 touchdowns and is a senior would be a lock to be preseason All-SEC.

Not in Hoover.

Murray was picked as the third-team quarterback behind defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and national champion Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

“We have very talented quarterbacks in this league,” Murray said. “It's a very deep group of quarterbacks in this conference. We're pretty loaded right now.”

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