Georgia's Murray to weigh pros, cons of NFL

 

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said Wednesday that he will huddle with his parents after the Capital One Bowl game on Jan. 1. to talk about his options about entering the NFL Draft.

The redshirt junior is rated as a top-75 overall prospect by some draft analysts. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. views Murray as a “potential second-, third-round” pick.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft.

Junior linebackers Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones are widely projected to be first-round picks – ESPN’s Todd McShay has Jones going at No. 13 and Ogletree going at No. 17 in a mock draft – but haven’t announced they are leaving.

 

TEXAS TECH: Hired Texas A&M offensive coordinator and former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury to become its head coach.

Kingsbury was offered the job Wednesday and Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the news via Twitter not long after.

Kingsbury coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

 

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Defensive tackle Brent Russell was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America first team.

The 300-pound senior has 39 stops, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 12 starts this season and is currently tied for the school’s career sacks record.

Georgia Southern offensive lineman Garrett Frye, a sophomore, made the third team.

 

ALABAMA: Quarterback AJ McCarron, who has led the Crimson Tide to its second consecutive national title game, said he will return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL Draft.

McCarron made the announcement in a statement released by the school on Wednesday.

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Running back Nick Griffin will miss the Gator Bowl after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The 6-foot, 225-pound sophomore rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown this season while averaging seven yards per carry. He had emerged as the primary backup for starter LaDarius Perkins.

 

ARKANSAS STATE: Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has been hired as the new coach.

The former Boise State offensive coordinator spent the past two seasons with the Longhorns, during which time Texas was 16-9.

Harsin says he will begin work immediately at Arkansas State and will not coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.

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