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Mark Richt: QB Murray doesn’t need to validate his career

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Georgia’s Aaron Murray is generally considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC. Statistically, he’s already among the best in UGA history. But, there is one thing that sticks out when it comes to Murray’s career as a starter for the Bulldogs.

Murray is 2-7 in games where UGA’s opponent is ranked in the top 25. The only two came last year against No. 20 Auburn (45-7) and No. 23 Georgia Tech (31-17).

Of course, that record’s not just Murray’s fault. The QB cliché about praise and blame is alive and kicking with the redshirt junior, but the reality is that the Bulldogs, not just Murray, are 2-7 in their last nine games against top 25 opponents.

So, Mark Richt doesn’t feel like Murray’s career needs to validated by a “signature win.”

“I don’t think Murray is in need of any kind of signature victory to validate the type of player he is,” Richt said via the Macon Telegraph. “I think some quarterbacks, when they’re early in their career, somewhere along the way they need to play in such a way that the team has faith that this guy can do it. And sometimes it happens to a kid real early in his career.”

But Murray and Georgia will have an opportunity to get that signature win that’s been lacking in recent years when they travel to No. 6 South Carolina this Saturday. At this point in his career, one win against a top 10 team won’t change the minds of Murray’s critics, but it will give the Bulldogs a leg up in the SEC East race, putting them in position to get back to Atlanta for the SEC championship game.

And that’s really what it’s all about.

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4 Responses to “Mark Richt: QB Murray doesn’t need to validate his career”
  1. normtide says: Oct 4, 2012 1:12 PM

    I bet Murray is more worried about his teams success then his reputation. He plays qb at a top tier program, what percentage of people can say that? Regardless of how the year plays out at UGA, this kid should never hang his head down.

  2. gbditka says: Oct 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    The only critics of Aaron Murray are insecure journalists in dire need of a story or jealous he isn’t under Center at their favorite program. Aaron finally has 10 guys around him on offense that are stepping up & delivering in 2012…win or lose this Saturday, this kid is a winner as a “Student-Athlete.”

  3. hor2012 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:04 PM

    I think he’s a good QB I’m not sure how he’ll translate at the next level

  4. alanh34 says: Oct 5, 2012 10:30 AM

    agreed. the dawgs as a team have not fairer well against top 25 opponents but Murray has not played particulary well in any of those games. he does need to prove that he can play mistake free football in a big game. he is a pretty good quarterback though.

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