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    The Georgia Bulldogs defeat the Appalachian State Mountaineers (45-6) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. PHOTO: © 2013 Randy Schafer, (randy.drum.schafer@gmail.com)

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:15 pm | Updated: 10:36 pm, Sat Nov 9, 2013.

There is no debate.

Aaron Murray is the most prolific passer in SEC history.

Entering Saturday's game with Appalachian State, the Georgia senior held two SEC career records — one for passing yards and one for total offense. He would leave with another.

In the second quarter of Georgia's (6-3, 4-2 SEC) 45-6 win against the Mountaineers (2-8), a 23-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Michael Bennett gave the quarterback 115 career touchdown passes, one more than Florida's Danny Wuerffel, who set the record for SEC career touchdown passes between 1993 and 1996.

But Murray isn't as excited about records as he is about being able to stop talking about them.

"I'm more glad that it's over and we can move on and I don't have to worry about that question anymore, not just from [the media] but also others," Murray said.

Receiver Rantavious Wooten — who caught the touchdown that tied Murray with Wuerffel's record in the first quarter — is happy to be a part of the legacy that Murray and this Georgia offense is leaving.

"It's a great feeling. I came in with that guy," Wooten said. "We've had some ups, some downs, some adversity and some good times. So it feels good to be a part of his legacy."

Wooten has been on the receiving end of seven of Murray's 115 touchdown throws.

"It's pretty good to know my name will be mentioned with Aaron Murray," he said. "He's going to go down in history."

Murray — who finished the game 19-26 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception — broke the record in his 50th consecutive start. That amount of playing time is rare for a quarterback and part of what enabled him to break so many records.

"It is a huge honor to be out there and be lucky enough to play four years here and that's the biggest thing," Murray said. "You have to be able to go somewhere and play for a significant amount of time, and I've had that opportunity here. I get to play in a great offense that really allows me to move the ball around and make plays with great [players] around me."

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo held the same sentiments as Murray, and while he knows how skilled his quarterback is, he understands career records are, many times, feats of longevity.

"When you play as much as he has and have been as successful as he has you're going to get the chance to break records," Bobo said.

But just showing up Saturdays didn't get Murray any records. Many of his teammates and coaches praise his work ethic and note the amount of time he spends preparing for each game.

"I've really never been around anyone like him at any position. He'll be there 9 a.m. [Sunday] studying the tape, getting ready for Auburn," Bobo said. "His preparation each week these past five years is why he's excelled. I'm just real proud of him and what he's done."

One player who knows the level of Murray's commitment is Wooten. The two were signed by the Bulldogs in 2009, so Wooten has seen every step of Murray's progression.

"You don't wake up one morning and say, 'I'm going to throw 115 touchdown passes,'" Wooten said.

Freshman wide receiver Reggie Davis only has been on the team one season of Murray's run at quarterback, but he understands the rare opportunity he has this season to play with one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the SEC.

"Congrats to Aaron Murray. It's an honor [to catch touchdown passes from him] because not everyone gets to play with a quarterback like him," Davis said. "He's been here four years and knows the system like the back of his hand."

Davis also knows how much of an advantage a veteran quarterback such as Murray can give a young receiver. After all, it was Davis who was on the receiving end of a 98-yard bomb by Murray against North Texas earlier this season — a pass that set the record for longest play from scrimmage in school history.

"He can bail you out of situations because he's experienced and he knows what to do," Davis said. "He'll look out for the young guys, too."

Apart from his arm, Murray has also shown some ability to run the ball over the years. He took a designed run 57 yards against Tennessee and put his wheels to use in a scramble against the Mountaineers.

The scramble in the third quarter resulted in Murray a run to the left, where he shook a few Appalachian State defenders, cut back inside and scooted up the field 23 yards before falling to the ground, miraculously untouched.

"I think we needed it," Bobo said of the run. "We needed him to make some plays with his legs. When they're dropping everybody and getting real deep in coverage it allows you to make some plays with your legs. That really gave us a lift in the second half."

Murray's SEC record of 115 career touchdown passes is an individual one, but there was a man on the end of each one of those passes. So it's not a surprise Georgia head coach Mark Richt saw Murray's record-breaking touchdown to Bennett not as an individual achievement, but one for the team.

"It's great for Aaron, and it's great for Michael to be on the receiving end of it. A record like that reflects the blocking, the catching, the schemes drawn up by the coaches — everything," Richt said. "It's a feather in everybody's cap right now."

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  • ThomasBrownUGA posted at 7:35 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

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    50 Starts
    1-8 vs. Final AP Poll Top 10, FL 2012 when threw 3 Interceptions, 12% Win %
    4-13 vs. Final AP Poll Top 25 for 23 % Win % vs Made Final AP Poll 25
    34 Wins Starting Quarterback
    16 Losses Starting Quarterback
    .68 Win Percentage
    12,568 Yards Passing
    115 Touchdown Passes
    870 Pass Completions
    1,406 Pass Attempts
    61.88 Pass Completion Percentage
    0 Tackles
    39 Interceptions
    30 Fumbles
    96 Sacks
    165 Interceptions, Sacks, Fumbles
    9.82 % Interception Sack Fumble Percentage of Total Player Plays
    1,680 Total Passes, Catches, Rushes, Total Plays by Player
    288 Made 3rd Down Conversions
    670 Opportunities 3rd Downs on Offense
    42.99 for 3rd Down Conversion Percentage
    328 Yards Rushing
    273 Rushing Attempts
    1.20 Yards Per Rush
    14 Touchdowns Rushing
    129 Passing Plus Rushing Touchdowns
    1 Passes Caught
    - 3.0 Yards Catching Passes
    Graduated 3.3 Grade Point Average .58 worse than my own as walk-on
    No Suspensions
    No Arrests
    No Start Missed, not injured unable to perform
    Bowl Games Won 1
    Bowl Games Lost 2
    3 Lost to teams who didn’t make Top 25 Final Poll that year FL 10, COL 10, VAN 13
    0 Passes Thrown in the NFL
    12 Number of Quarterbacks Taken NFL Draft before he is taken
    0 SEC Championships
    0 National Championships
    0 All-SEC 1st Team
    0 All-America 1st Team
    0 College Football Hall of Fame – ineligible – no Major 1st Team All-America
    DGD – worst Period of Mark Richt Era, but DGD