3. Aaron Murray, Georgia
… Aaron Murray has thrown for 10,901 yards and 95 touchdowns in his career. How in the world is he No. 3 on the list? Despite his 4-10 record against top 25 teams in three seasons, Murray hasn’t been able to win the big game yet, but that’s not all his fault. Georgia tends to avoid showing up against ranked opponents on the biggest stage, and that includes Murray. Over the longevity of his career, Murray has produced numbers, but he has very little accolades and hardware to show for it…
2. AJ McCarron, Alabama
AJ McCarron has won back-to-back national championships. And if he had as many attempts as Aaron Murray over the last two seasons (789 compared to 642), his numbers would be much more prolific. McCarron has registered 5,950 yards passing and 49 touchdowns, compared to just eight INTs, in just two years as a full-time starter.
I know somebody’s gotta be three and somebody’s gotta be two, but can I ask the obvious question here: if Murray and McCarron had swapped teams the past two seasons, does anybody really think there’d be two more crystal footballs gracing Butts-Mehre today? Unless you’re willing to say yes to that, how is a natty relevant to a discussion of which quarterback is better?
I think about this particularly in the context of the SECCG. ‘Bama won the game by taking the ball out of McCarron’s hands (except for that play action TD pass that you knew was coming). Georgia almost won the game by putting the ball in Murray’s hands. Does that Georgia’s defense couldn’t stop the Alabama running game make McCarron a better quarterback than Murray? I guess for some people, maybe it does.