Nov 9, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) shown during the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Appalachian State 45-6. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Murray: Height isn’t everything


Despite not being able to play at the Senior Bowl thanks to his surgically repaired knee, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has already proven something to NFL teams, according to Sports Illustrated.

The main reason for Murray to be pleased with his Senior Bowl appearance is simple: he has been measured at being six feet tall. While the success of quarterbacks such as Drew Brees and Russell Wilson has helped to dispel the notion that a QB must be over six feet tall, Murray being measured at that height won’t harm his draft status – after all, Murray is also the SEC record holder for total offence, passing yards and touchdowns, and started 52 college games. But as soon as height becomes a concern, there are discussions about being able to see passing lanes at the next level.

“I played in the SEC,” Murray told SI. “Those guys are pretty big. I don’t have any trouble seeing over them or seeing around them.”

Murray will be hoping that scouts judge his game film and 35-17 record rather than just the distance between his face and the ground, and teammate Arthur Lynch came to the quarterbacks defence:

“He’s the epitome of what you’d want as a quarterback. For [goodness] sakes, he’s out here and he can’t even drop back, but he’s out here taking mental reps and helping quarterbacks who are essentially his competition. He’s encouraging me. What else could you ask for?”

With his knee healing, Georgia’s pro day will be the first time Murray gets to demonstrate his quarterbacking skills, but clearing the six-foot hurdle is a start.

 

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