Coming off consecutive SEC Championship Game appearances, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had a choice to make: He could take his chances in the 2013 NFL Draft, or he could return for his senior season and take a run at a BCS National Championship.
He chose to return, but the results have not nearly met expectations. With the World’ Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Florida looming, his Bulldogs sit at a disappointing 4-3 overall and are outside of the top 25 looking in.
That is not alright with Murray, but the record-setting passer does not regret a moment of it.
“I wanted to come back and try to finish some things, get some goals. But no regrets, no matter how this season ends or what goes on,” he said. “No regrets. I’ll really cherish every moment I have here.
“I’m still playing football. I’m still out there with my buddies, having fun, competing,” Murray said. “Obviously I came back to try to give ourselves a chance to win a championship, but it didn’t happen. So what. Let’s move on, continue working hard, having fun, and that’s what I’m doing. I’ve been having fun all year, working my tail off, and I think everyone on this team is doing the same thing.”
Murray has lost two of his top three receivers, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley, for the year with torn ACLs. A third wide out, Michael Bennett, has sat out the last two games – both losses – with an injured meniscus.
The Dawgs’ dynamic duo at running back, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, have both suffered injuries. Gurley is expected to play against Florida, but Marshall is also done for the year.
Murray could make excuses, or he could go out to Jacksonville and try to earn his third win over hated Florida. It is something that only two other Georgia quarterbacks, Buck Belue and John Rauch, have ever accomplished.
“Aaron would love to be 3-1 as a starting quarterback (against Florida),” Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch said.
For Georgia fans, that third win would make what’s been a brutal season infinitely more bearable.