Many have pointed to Tyler Bray’s big finish down the stretch last season as a reason to expect big things from him this year, but he wasn’t the only SEC freshman quarterback to close the regular season strongly.
… His scrambling all but evaporated after that run, as his final six games produced a net of 9 rushing yards. While that aspect of his game was dwindling, Murray completed more than 70 percent of his passes in three of his last six games, something he had not accomplished once in the first half of the season.
“The comfort level definitely increased as last season went on,” Murray said. “You get up to the line of scrimmage and hike the ball, and there are guys flying around everywhere. The speed and the size of the guys kind of boggles your mind, so you’re getting rid of the ball so you don’t get killed.”
All of Murray’s best passer-rated games came after the loss to Colorado, including that otherworldly 250.86 showing against Georgia Tech. It’s no coincidence that the Dawgs went 5-2 over that stretch, compared to their 1-4 beginning. All told, not a bad start.