I didn’t expect Aaron Murray to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Week – they ought to rename the award in honor of Cam Newton and retire it – but I figured he was a lock for SEC Freshman of the Week.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray: He completed 20 of 38 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Tennessee’s 24-14 win against Kentucky. He threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Vols established a 14-7 halftime lead.
I see. Murray threw for more touchdowns with zero interceptions and at a higher completion percentage. That halftime lead thing there, though, is dynamite. Too bad Murray couldn’t match… oh, wait.
Just for basic comparison here – Murray’s passer rating against Georgia Tech was 250.86. Going through the list of the top twelve quarterbacks in the conference by rating, Murray’s performance has only been topped twice all season – Stephen Garcia racked up a 268.60 against Troy and Cam Newton (naturally) had a 261.09 rating against UT-Chattanooga.
Tyler Bray’s rating on Saturday worked out to 137.72. There are six starting quarterbacks in the SEC whose average ratings for the season are higher than that.