Aaron Murray the Silver Lining in Georgia's Disappointing 2010 Season

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs points during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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What a heartbreaker. One of the greatest Georgia-Florida games in years and the Bulldogs came up short.

A win would have lifted the spirits of the Bulldog Nation. A poor start could have been forgotten with a victory over the Gators.

Instead, fans are left with nothing but a hangover courtesy of Chas Henry.

Georgia fell short of the hype for this 2010 season. They failed to meet the expectations of several people, including themselves.

People believed Georgia had a chance to take the SEC East this year. Instead they’re fighting to play postseason football.

The Bulldogs are currently 4-5 and have three games remaining this year. They must win two of those to become bowl eligible.  

We’ve seen the bad and the ugly this year (see Mississippi State and Colorado).

But what about the good?

What good can be taken from this letdown of a season? Can a silver lining be found from the 2010 Dawgs?

Yes—and his name is Aaron Murray.

Murray came into this season with so many unanswered questions. Everyone believed he would cause problems this season when in reality, he’s been such a bright spot.

Aside from the three interceptions this past weekend, Murray has played sound football throughout the year.

He ranks in the top five in the SEC for quarterback rating with a 152.7, as well as top three in yards passing and touchdowns thrown.

Not bad for a redshirt freshman. Not bad for a guy who in January wasn’t sure he’d even be the starter.

What would this year be like if Zach Mettenberger was never kicked off the team? Well, it doesn’t really matter because Aaron Murray has solidified himself as the Georgia quarterback for the next three years.

He has proven that he can compete in the SEC and Murray will continue to grow and mature into his position, which means good things for Georgia in the years to come.

The Bulldogs will be able to build around Murray. Georgia can draw up certain plays that utilize the strengths of Murray. He can make plays with his feet as well as his arm.

Because of that, Georgia has reason to smile about its future.