ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia teammates Arthur Lynch and David Andrews have begun getting in quarterback Aaron Murray’s ear about why he should come back for one more season.
Others this week want to know if the redshirt junior will play his last game in Sanford Stadium on Saturday against Georgia Tech in the No. 3 Bulldogs’ final regular-season game.
“I’ve had friends and everyone ask that,” Murray said Tuesday. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ I’m not worried about that until after the season and then I’ll sit down with my family and make the best decision for myself and my future. I’m having too much fun right now. This season has been awesome. We still have so much ahead of us and so much excitement that I really don’t even have time to think about anything else. I’m just living in the moment.”
The time will come in January for Murray to make a decision.
He leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 174.33 rating and is 14 passing yards away from becoming the first Southeastern Conference quarterback to post three consecutive seasons of 3,000 or more yards.
Former NFL coach and now NBC analyst Tony Dungy created some buzz on Twitter on Monday when he answered a question on who should Kansas City take with the No. 1 or 2 overall NFL Draft pick.
“I would take Georgia QB Aaron Murray if he comes out,” Dungy posted.
That got to Murray pretty quick.
“That was pretty crazy,” Murray said. “I had some people tweet me about that. That was pretty cool. Coach Dungy’s a great guy.”
Dungy’s son, Eric, played with Murray at Plant High School in Tampa and now plays at Oregon. Murray said Tony Dungy texts him occasionally with well wishes.
Murray is listed as the No. 7 quarterback prospect by ESPN’s Scouts Inc.
He is behind West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Southern California’s Matt Barkley, N.C. State’s Mike Glennon, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Florida State’s EJ Manuel and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones.
A knock on Murray is his height, but rookie Russell Wilson is 12th in the NFL in passer rating for the 6-4 Seattle Seahawks
“He’s like 5-10 so I’ve got a couple of inches on him so that’s always good,” said Murray, who is perhaps generously listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds. “Everyone always perceives that a short quarterback can’t do anything in the NFL and he’s pretty darn short and he’s doing extremely well now for Seattle.”
Murray is fifth on the Southeastern Conference’s career touchdown pass list with 87, needing two more to tie Peyton Manning (Tennessee) for No. 2 on the all-time list. He is only 27 away from the record of 114 held by Danny Wuerffel (Florida).
“I didn’t know that,” said Lynch, a junior tight end. “I’ll throw that in his ear. Then we definitely need him to come back.”
Said Murray: “I’ve never been a guy that worries about records. The only record I care about is the won-loss column. That’s something I came here to do is win championships and right now we have as a team we have the opportunity to do that.”
So winning an SEC or a national title could send him to the pros?
“No, not at all,” Murray said laughing. “Multiple championships. I want to get as many as I can.”
Murray, who is in graduate school, said he hasn’t given much thought on if this will be his last home game, along with the seniors.
“I’m more worried about them and sending them off on the right note,” Murray said. “College is fun. The University of Georgia is a great place to be. Furthering my education is important not only to myself, but to my parents. … There’s definitely pros and cons to everything.”