Aaron Murray is not viewed as the greatest quarterback. He is not a potential top pick in the 2014 draft. He even isn't viewed as a top five college quarterback. But there are some things about Murray you should know.
Murray has been a four year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs. He has 99 career touchdowns and counting along with over 10,000 yards passing. His junior season he averaged over 10 yards per pass and had a 64.5% completion percentage.
The reason I am writing this article is because I feel I have found a great comparison to this Dawg.
Murray’s comparison is a player who was over looked coming out of high school even though he had video game stats. He was too short and had to play at community college first to get a look to play at California, Berkley. At Cal, he passed for 43 touchdowns and completed more than 63 percent of his passes in two seasons. Once again, he was overlooked slipping to the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL draft after being projected 1st overall.
The man I am speaking of is Aaron Rodgers. He seemed to turn out alright.
Rodgers has the big arm, the athleticism to be safe in the pocket and the stature to hang in the pros.
Even though Murray’s college career is not over yet, I wanted to take a closer look at his performance as a Dawg.
Murray does a few things really well. For starters, he takes care of the football. He has a 3 to 1 TD to interception ratio. He is a pocket pass, like Rodgers, and can move well within the pocket.
He has the big arm needed to play at the next level. Murray has good footwork in the pocket to deliver accurate passes (62.0% Career Pass Completion Percentage) as well as the physical stature (6-1, 210lbs).
Rodgers only won one ‘big’ game (upset USC in 2003) in his college career. Murray has been knocked for folding in ‘big’ games and that has hurt his reputation as a signal caller.
What Murray and Rodgers both struggle with is pressure in the pocket. When they anticipate a blitz and recognize their reads, things work well. When they are caught off guard, improvising is a weakness.
After watching these highlights (Murray/ Rodgers- ignore the terrible music in both videos), you can see they are VERY dangerous when given time. Notice you do not see many plays where they are improvising.
My final thoughts are that Aaron Murray has a shot at being something special in the NFL. He needs time to learn, like Rodgers had behind Brett Favre, and then the sky is the limit.
Keep an eye out for when the Bulldogs take on LSU on Sept 28 and Florida on Nov 2.
Murray might not win the Heisman or break NCAA records, but he has a chance to be a damn good quarterback on Sundays.