Steve Spurrier expressed sadness Sunday to see Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, the SEC’s leading passer, leave the field this weekend with an apparently career-ending injury, and in the same breath Spurrier wondered if it had to happen.
“I don’t know what time of the game he got hurt, but it doesn’t make sense if you get one of your best players hurt when you have a comfortable lead,” Spurrier said.
The Bulldogs beat Kentucky 59-17 on Senior Night, and Murray left the game midway through the second quarter, but it turns out he was injured earlier than that, tearing his ACL on a long run on the first play of the second quarter, according to Macon.com.
“He felt something pop, whenever it happened on the run. Then he didn't know for sure what it was," Richt said. "We've had other guys feel or hear something pop and they're fine. But he wanted to keep playing. He was moving around well enough to put him back in there."
Murray, who played 13 plays after the injury, is expected to make a full recovery in time for next football season, but the injury will keep him from working out for professional teams and likely cost him some draft position.
"There wasn't major damage to the knee," Richt said. "From what I've heard, there's nothing disconnected with it other than that. Those tend to heal real well, and rehabs go real well."
Murray’s injury means every SEC East team has had a significant injury at the position.
“Connor Shaw only played the first three possessions (against Coastal),” Spurrier said. “We probably do it a little differently than a lot of other schools. I have noticed a lot of other schools leave their guys in there until they get 50 or so.”
Around the SEC:
The Orlando Sentinel checked back in with Florida administrators after the Gators lost to Georgia SOUTHERN this weekend to see if athletics director Jeremy Foley still supports head coach Will Muschamp. The answer, according to a source, was yes, but let’s not overlook the big news here. Florida lost to Georgia Southern. What a train wreck that has become in Gainesville.
Tennessee has been playing football for a long time. If they can’t beat Kentucky, these Volunteers will be the first in school history to lose eight games. Tennessee hasn’t won since upsetting South Carolina.
We will talk plenty about Missouri in this space the rest of the week. For now, though, check out this follow-up to the Tigers win over Ole Miss. South Carolina’s SEC hopes now rest on Texas A&M.