I mentioned the other day how good Aaron Murray’s performance in the Tech game was in the context of conference passer ratings this season, but I was curious to see how it stacked up against other Georgia starting quarterbacks in the Richt era.
Answer: not too shabby. Here are the best performances I found from his four predecessors.
- Joe Cox – 256.0 (Arkansas 2009)
- Matt Stafford – 216.61 (Kentucky 2008)
- D.J. Shockley – 236.57 (Boise State 2005)
- David Greene – 232.16 (Vanderbilt 2002)
(By the way, since I’m sure some of you are wondering, Greene’s rating in that epic 51-7 beatdown of the ’02 Georgia Tech team was 218.)
Murray’s passer rating was also the highest yielded by Tech’s defense in the past five seasons. To give you some perspective on that, during that time only two other quarterbacks notched ratings in excess of 200 against the Jackets.
You know what’s even more impressive about the job he did Saturday night? He wasn’t a running threat. It was the only game of the season in which he didn’t have a run for positive yardage. I suspect that the talk about his physical condition after the Auburn game wasn’t a case of blowing smoke.
All this from a redshirt freshman quarterback. I think we can quit saying he’s going to be special. He already is.