KC Kingdom is providing you with a player profile up until week one of the NFL season and today, we will focus on former Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray.
First, How Did He Get Here?
Like I mentioned before, Aaron Murray has spent the last five years of his life with the Georgia Bulldogs. He first arrived to Georgia University in 2009, where he was red shirted but still managed to make the SEC’s All-Academic team.
Murray’s college career really took off in 2010, when he started all 13 games completing 209-of-342 passes for a UGA freshman record 3,049 yards. Murray was named a Freshman All-America by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com and selected to Phil Steele’s All-Freshman First Team.
The thing about Murray, was he only got better.
In 2011, his second season starting, Murray started all 14 games completing 223-of-403 passes for 3,149 yards and a single-season school record 35 TDs. Add 87 rush attempts for 111 yards and two touchdowns and you have a school record for most touchdowns scored in a single season by one player. He was again honored for his academics and named the teams MVP.
2012, he only got better. He started in all 14 games, completing 249-of-388 passes for a school record, 3,893 yards passing and 36 touchdown passes. Sheesh, this guy just couldn’t slow down. (source for all college stats via Georgiadogs.com)
In 2013, Murray finished as the SEC’s all time records for completions (921), passing yards (13,166), TD passes (121) and total offense (13,562), and is second in the SEC in career pass attempts (1,478). That’s insane, considering the SEC has seen all three Manning’s (Archie, Peyton, Eli) and countless other great quarterbacks.
However, Murray tore his ACL in the 2nd quarter of the Kentucky game leaving him on the bench and missing some preparation for the upcoming NFL draft. His stock began to slip because of the Injury and his size (6’1, 208 lbs) and he found himself falling all the way to the fifth round.
So Far, So Good:
Normally, we give you stats of the player from the year before and since Murray is just a rookie, I’ll give you just a quick rundown of his progress so far through rookie camp and OTA’s (organized team activities).
Starting with rookie camp, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star wrote a great column about his progress the first couple of days,
Murray looked fairly nimble on Saturday; he scrambled to avoid the rush on one occasion and generally seemed unencumbered. He did toss four interceptions — including two on deflections — but he was generally the most accurate of the three quarterbacks in attendance, as Toledo’s Terrance Owens and Saginaw Valley State’s Jonathon Jennings also struggled to find the strike zone.
First of all, we have to remember that Murray is just 7 months removed from ACL surgery, so it’s expected for him to be a bit “nimble” and his accuracy to be a bit off. So much of the throwing motion is in the lower body so naturally he has to re-strengthen that area of his body before we see serious results. The interceptions are expected.
Aaron Murray had one of his best throws of OTAs/rookie camp. He threw a backshoulder to Wilson who dropped it. #Chiefs
— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) June 5, 2014
Other than that, he’s been practicing and participating in every drill except for one day last week (May 28th) because he attended the rookie symposium in Los Angeles.
Can’t put my finger on why, but Aaron Murray looks legit in Chiefs gear. Bet we see him start games before too long. pic.twitter.com/9Z1g4Y9HIp
— David P. Woods (@davidpwoods) May 31, 2014
He does look like a natural but, is it just me or is anyone else jaded towards the number 7? I feel like he needs to change that before he becomes a full time starter for this team.
Murray has a very bright future with Kansas City once Alex Smith‘s time is up. Considering how successful he’s been in college, there isn’t much reason to think he can’t transfer that into his professional career.
Typically, four year starters in college go on to have better careers in the NFL. Don’t believe me? Just look at Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russel Wilson, all of which stayed in school for all four years of eligibility. That list get’s longer too.
Personally, I wasn’t thrilled about the pick at first simply because They’re about to pay Alex Smith. Why draft at a position that isn’t a need?
After the fact, I realized that the selection of Murray is almost perfect. He’ll sit behind Smith for the next couple of years, allowing him to learn the system and regain his health. It also goes to show that Dorsey and Reid stick to their word with best player available, AND, that they are always willing to take a shot on a QB.
What do you think the future has in store for Aaron Murray? Leave your comments below!
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