Aaron Murray was five yards away from greatness.
Had time not run out on the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game and had Murray completed the tipped pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell that ultimately fell into the hands of Chris Conley, Murray's legacy would be cemented.
But that did not happen and now Murray and the rest of the Bulldogs are currently preparing for the Capital One Bowl. This could be Murray's last game as a Bulldog because he could forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Would he get drafted? It's very likely, but it would be better for him to play his senior season and here's five reasons why.
The offense was one of the best in the SEC, averaging over 35 points per game. The reason for the success is Murray had Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in the backfield, and they dominated which led to Murray making more throws down field.
With almost every returning starter on offense returning in 2013, including the entire offensive line, and a healthy Michael Bennett, the Bulldogs have the potential to be the best in NCAA history.
But if Murray does not return, the offense will still be strong, but it will have a different look because Christan LeMay and Hutson Mason, the two backups, are not the same player as Murray and there will be a level of uncertainty in terms of how LeMay or Mason will perform in their first full year of being a starter.
Murray was on the watchlist for the Heisman Trophy before the season began. If he were to come back next season, he would have to be one of the favorites based on what he has done the last three years.
Murray is the No. 2-rated passer in all of college football and has gotten better each year he has played for the Bulldogs. Returning next season would mean Murray would be a front-runner for the Heisman as well as Davey O' Brien Award and many other individual awards that are linked to college quarterbacks.
Murray has already broken a few records this year, as he is the only quarterback in SEC history to throw for over 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He also is second all time in SEC history with 90 career touchdown passes.
Right now, Murray has 9,964 career passing yards and is only less than 2,000 yards away from breaking David Greene's record of 11,528 (also an SEC record).
If Murray returns, he would shatter a lot of the records that were broken by him in the first place and would definitely cement him as one of the greatest SEC quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Murray is considered a top draft pick for his position. But it doesn't mean he will go in the first round or second round of the NFL draft because some may look at Murray and say he doesn't come through when the game is on the line.
Returning for one more season would give Murray a chance to not only to improve his draft stock, but also he will have the ability to prove the critics wrong when it come to him and big games.
Which leads me into the No. 1 reason why Murray should return next year.
For Murray, that loss to Alabama should not be looked at as the end of the 2012 season. Murray and the Bulldogs can look at it as the start of the 2013 season because if Murray does come back, he knows what he needs to do in order to get the Bulldogs back to the Georgia Dome for the third straight year.
Odds are Georgia will be ranked in the top 10 in both polls, and the Bulldogs know they will have to play a lot better than they did last year to reach their goals.
Having Murray back for the 2013 season would mean the Bulldogs would be one of the favorites to win the SEC and possibly the BCS title.
It will be a tough decision for the junior quarterback to make when the time comes, and there is no wrong decision to be made. But the Bulldog Nation is hoping Murray will don the red and black for one more season.