“It’s up there.”

Aaron Murray’s greatest hits, from a passer rating standpoint:

255.6 vs. No. 24 Auburn in 2011 in a 45-7 win.
250.9 vs. Georgia Tech in 2010 in a 42-34 win.
249.1 vs. Florida Atlantic in 2012 in a 56-20 win.
244.2 vs. No. 6 South Carolina in 2013 in a 41-30 win.
237.3 vs. Ole Miss in 2012 in a 37-10 win.
236.9 vs. New Mexico State in 2011 in a 63-16 win.
227.4 vs. Georgia Tech in 2012 in a 42-10 win.

They’re all wins, so you know what that means.

Just for yuks, here’s a comparison with every quarterback who started for an entire season or more under Richt:

  • David Greene – one game with a passer rating greater than 225:  232.2 against Vanderbilt, 2002
  • D.J. Shockley – one game with a passer rating greater than 225:  236.6 against Boise State, 2005
  • Matt Stafford – no game with a passer rating greater than 225  (top rating:  216.6 against Kentucky, 2008)
  • Joe Cox – one game with a passer rating greater than 225:  256 against Arkansas, 2009

To be fair, some of that reflects a change in Georgia’s passing game, as there seems to be a higher emphasis on completion rate now than there was early on.  But the rest of what goes into passer rating – yards per attempt, touchdowns, interceptions – shows you’ve still got to have a gifted guy manning the position.  Murray’s statistical resume will likely go down as the best in Georgia history.


UPDATE:  Patrick Garbin supplies some more information.  Who knew Stafford had a better record starting against top ten teams than Greene?


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28 responses to ““It’s up there.”

  1. DawgFan

    It is way too early for this question, I know but its a bye week. Do you think Mason will be closer to JTIII or DJ next year (as far as production – I know they are different styles)?


    • Mason should have a better team around him than JTIII. He’s also a far more competent passer.


    • Rocket Dawg

      Mason is going to be more like Tee Martin. One year QB with a loaded team and an easy schedule. As much as I want MNC I shudder to think of what the anti-Murray faction will say Mason wins one next year.


      • James Stephenson

        We should be talking about Murray the way Tenn talks about Peyton.


        • ETennDawg

          ^^^This. Its sichening the way they still worship the guy around here. I am amazed at the transition people made from the colts to the broncos. Accompanied with the disclaimer of “Ive always liked the broncos.”
          I cannot understand why some uga fans want Murray to fail. How can you not pull for this kid?


    • The other Doug

      Mason looks a lot like the Ginger Ninja to me. Of course he will have a much better team around him.


  2. Lrgk9

    He will end up being a head coach somewhere.


  3. Rocket Dawg

    But,but,but….he can’t win the “big game”…..oh wait…never mind


  4. DawgPhan

    Senator I think that there is a typo on two of those entries…It says that Auburn and USC were ranked when Murray went off on them and I know that can’t be the case.


  5. James Stephenson

    OMG, I just saw the quote of the day. I love the brashness of this kid, it is what it takes to be a good corner, got to forget when things go wrong and just keep plugging away.


  6. I Wanna Red Cup

    What say you Smitty? Yeah, thats what I thought


  7. PatinDC

    I am surprised the Vandy game from last year is not on that list. That game was complete offensive perfection.


  8. AusDawg85

    Does this not just reinforce that Murray is responsible for his wins…and losses? 😉

    More pot-stirring by the Senator.


    • Greg

      The defense has a lot to do with the record versus top 10 teams. When they flashed Murray’s stats for 4 years versus SC at the end of the telecast last Saturday, he had great games both times in Athens(8 TD’s/2 int’s) and surprisingly good stats in Columbia(though no TD’s). This isn’t to say Murray hasn’t been at fault in some big game losses to some degree, but you didn’t see David Greene taking any 45-42 type losses. If we got to 20 points when Greene was at QB, we were going to win the game.


    • No…the bottom line is a great QB cannot win the game all by himself. I have seen some games when the QB was pretty much non existent and games where the defense scored all the points


  9. D.N. Nation

    “Who knew Stafford had a better record starting against top ten teams than Greene?”

    It’s odd who the scalps are, too:

    Greene: 2001 Tennessee, 2002 Tennessee

    Stafford: 2006 Auburn, 2007 Florida, 2007 Hawaii (hahahahaha)


  10. W Cobb Dawg

    The thing I recall most about Greene was his record-setting wins as a QB, not his stats. Greene had a great D and AM has Gurley to keep pressure off him. Scu is a huge outlier in the 7 best games AM’s had statistically. Let’s hope AM wins every game for the rest of his UGA craeer – that’s what I’ll remember more than his stats.


  11. www

    so you’re saying that joe cox at his best was better than aaron murray?

    isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? i put it to you, – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. gentlemen!

    [exit stage left]


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  13. Mike Cooley

    I’ll take a stab at the question about why “so many” UGA fans want Murray to fail. First of all, I don’t think there are very many of these people. I think they are a small but very, very loud lunatic fringe group within the fan base. Think of them as the MSNBC viewers of the fan base. It seems like there are lots of them because they are so loud, so relentless, and so unreasonable.

    Second, I think the reason is because they view Murray as an extension of Richt. I won’t go too amateur psychologist on you but the people who are so down on Murray seem to be the same ones who have been calling for Richt’s head since some time in the ’06 season. These people are wing nuts and they act like spoiled children. They are also the same ones having a frantic panic about the defense and acting surprised that people are scoring points on us. Even though they are privy to the fact that our all time sack leader, int leader( along with Jake Scott of course) and a host of other NFL level defenders are gone. These people don’t deal in reason. They are all about emotion.