ATHENS -- Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo got an interesting text message after Saturdays game. It was from Matt Stafford, who had watched on TV as Aaron Murray tied one of his records and broke another.
Whats up with throwing all these touchdowns? Staffords text read, according to Bobo.
You threw the ball a lot more, Bobo said he wrote back. Hes just completing them for touchdowns.
The way things are going, Bobo can expect more texts from former quarterbacks, from Eric Zeier to David Greene ... or even Bobo himself, whose main program record is being threatened by Murray.
And Murray is still only a sophomore, with probably four games left in this season.
By the time of his last game, hell be on top of every list, senior fullback Bruce Figgins said. Im almost certain of that.
Figgins is one of two players remaining at Georgia who has caught a touchdown pass from both Stafford and Murray. Tight end Aron White is the other. Murray and Stafford might seem like different kinds of quarterbacks -- Stafford was taller, a No. 1 overall pick, while Murray is shorter and faster -- but Figgins sees similarities.
Their demeanor in the huddle, he said. Stafford walked in the huddle, and all eyes were on him. Stafford, just like Aaron, he has the arm to put it there, all he asks of you is to be there. How they approach each game, each week, preparing and watching film and knowing everything the defense is going to show, because they spend that extra time. Thats probably their biggest similarity.
Fran Tarkenton, Mike Cavan, Buck Belue and others had outstanding careers at Georgia. But Zeiers arrival at Georgia in 1991 signaled a new era, and the quarterbacks since then dominate the programs stat charts.
Bobo has been at Georgia almost continuously since 1993, when he was a freshman quarterback. He played with Zeier, coached Greene and called plays for Stafford.
His opinion on where Murray will rank?
I think its too early to tell, Bobo said. Like any quarterback is measured on the big games that you win and the championships that you win. So hes still got this year and two more years to play, so I think thats still yet to be decided.
But statistically hell rank up there. But I think ultimately it always comes down to how you play the game and how your team wins.
Murray also says he should be judged on wins and losses. In that way it will be nearly impossible to catch Greene.
Still, Murrays statistical accomplishments are impressive:
He now holds the single-season program record for passing touchdowns, with 27. He passed Stafford, who had 25 in 2008, during Saturdays 45-7 rout of Auburn.
Murray is now tied with Stafford with 51 career passing touchdowns. Next up is Zeier, who had 67, and Greene was first with 72.
This year, Murray leads the SEC in passing efficiency, at 158.23. If he holds steady, he will break Bobos program record of 155.80. Murrays rating last year of 154.48 is second right now.
Greene holds the career record for passing yards, with 11,528. Murray currently has 5,333.
Murray broke Greenes record for passing yards by a freshman. Murray is 640 yards away from breaking Greens record for a sophomore. Zeier holds the junior and senior records.
Georgia junior linebacker Christian Robinson also had some thoughts this week on how Murray compares to the nations most famous current college quarterback. Via his Twitter account, Robinson posted Andrew Lucks stats -- 2,694 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions -- and Murrays -- 2,284, 27 TDs, eight interceptions.
Hmm, Robinson added.
Murray laughed sheepishly this week when asked about that.
No, the only thing that matters now is getting back to Atlanta, he said. I said this at the beginning of the year: I could throw 20 interceptions and five touchdowns or whatever it is -- well Id probably be benched if I did that. But I just want to get back to Atlanta. I want to compete for an SEC championship.
Bobo said the sentiment isnt just false modesty.
If you ask him (the records) dont matter to him, he said. Winning and having a chance to play for the East is all that matters to him.