Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray says he hasn’t yet made up his mind about whether he’ll return to school next year or enter the 2013 NFL draft.
“I don’t know,” Murray told the Macon Telegraph. “I’m not thinking about that. I mean I’ve had friends and everyone ask me. I’m like, I don’t know, I’m not worrying about that until after the season, and then I’ll sit down with my family and make the best decision for myself and for my future.”
Murray is in his third year as Georgia’s starter, and this season he has completed 65.7 percent of his passes, with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Tony Dungy, who has known Murray since he was a high school teammate of Dungy’s son Eric, wrote on Twitter Monday that if Murray decides to enter the NFL draft he could be the first overall pick.
Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) November 19, 2012
“Coach Dungy’s a great guy, I know him, I played with his son Eric,” Murray said. “So he shoots me a text every now and then, saying, ‘Great season so far, good luck,’ things like that. Just an unbelievable guy, a good coach. That was definitely cool to hear.”
There are questions, however, about just how ready Murray is to face NFL defenses. His two worst games this season came in Georgia’s two games against top defenses: He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 109 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, in a 35-7 loss to South Carolina, and he completed just 12 of 24 passes for 150 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions, in a 17-9 win over Florida.
There are also some questions about Murray’s height, although Murray (who is listed at 6-foot-1) says he believes the success of Russell Wilson, who’s a couple of inches shorter than him, should alleviate those concerns.
“Oh yeah him, Drew Brees. Short quarterbacks doing well, I love it,” Murray said. “It definitely helps out that when everyone perceives short quarterbacks can’t do well in the NFL and [Wilson is] pretty darn short and he’s doing extremely, extremely well for Seattle.”
Murray is confident he can have the same kind of success. The only question is whether it will come in 2013 or 2014.