Georgia QB Aaron Murray Highlights Week 2's SEC Players of the Week

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

Sep 7, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) scrambles before throwing an 85-yard touchdown pass in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 41-30. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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The Southeastern Conference announced its weekly list of top performers, highlighted by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

Per the SEC Digital Network, Murray was named the conference's offensive player of the week following his brilliant performance against South Carolina. Needing to beat the then-No. 6 Gamecocks to avoid falling to 0-2, Murray completed 17-of-23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns, leading Georgia to a season-altering victory in Athens.

The Bulldogs lost at Clemson in Week 1, and though Murray's stats were decent on paper (323 yards and one pick), he was by most accounts outplayed by Tajh Boyd. He was good but not great, dropping yet another game against a highly ranked opponent and casting into doubt his ability to win the big one.

But Murray answered those questions in a big way against South Carolina, showing both skill with his arm and the moxie by standing in the pocket. If not for a couple of drops by his receivers, his stat line would have been even more impressive—an unlikely feat given how good it already looks.

Joining Murray on the list of recognized players are:

  • Defensive Player of the Week: DB Brian Randolph, Tennessee
  • Special Teams Player of the Week: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
  • Defensive Lineman of the Week: DE Markus Golden, Missouri
  • Offensive Lineman of the Week: OG Kevin Mitchell, Kentucky
  • Freshman of the Week: RB Alex Collins, Arkansas

Randolph finished with eight tackles and two interceptions against Western Kentucky. Beckham returned a failed field goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown against UAB. Golden returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown against Toledo. Mitchell graded at 90 percent and had nine knockdowns against Miami (OH), and Collins rushed for 172 yards against Samford.

Congratulations to Murray and everyone else who was recognized.