December 12, 2012

Mum's the word

Will he stay or will he go?

That's a question Aaron Murray laughs he's been asked "a few times" since Georgia's loss to Alabama in the SEC title game.

Recent scuttlebutt has indicated that the redshirt junior will return for one more year, although officially, Murray continues to take a wait-and-see approach.

"I'm going to think about it and pray about it," Murray said Wednesday in an interview with Bulldog beat writers. "I'm going to sit down with my family but that's not going to be until after the bowl game."

When he does, the Tampa, Fla. native said he'll carefully weight all the pros and cons before coming to a conclusion.

College underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to apply for the NFL Draft.

"I'm the kind of person who likes to write everything down and I've yet to do any of that," Murray said. "I like to write things down and think about it in a pro-con sort of way. But right now I'm just focused on the bowl game. After the bowl game, I'll sit down with my parents and discuss it."

Wide receiver Chris Conley already has his opinion of the choice Murray will make.

The Bulldog sophomore said Wednesday he's of the belief that Murray will return, something that tight end and roommate Arthur Lynch was asked to pontificate on as well.

"I think he's going to weigh his options. Last year he wasn't really considering it, but the fact that he's got his degree already and he's had so much success … I think he played and played well. His interceptions were cut down, his touchdowns increased, his game management improved, his knowledge of the offense improved," Lynch said. "Is he ready to go? Yes. Do I think he's going to go? I don't know."

Murray claims he has not spoken much about his future with teammates; although he joked it might be the perfect time to hit his offensive line up for a little payback.

"I have not talked to anyone about it. They know I'm not going to talk about it, so they're not talking to me about it, but I think the whole dinner thing might work out," Murray joked. "I might tell the offensive line, 'Hey, it's time for you to take me out for ice cream.'"

If Murray does return he'll have chance to become one of the most prolific passers in both Bulldog and SEC history.

Murray has already set a school for career touchdown passes with 90, and is closing in on season school marks for touchdown passes, total offense, touchdown responsibility, completion percentage and passing efficiency.

He is the only quarterback in SEC history to throw for over 3,000 yards in three straight seasons.

"There's still unfinished business here but it's also one of those things that if he gets positive feedback and it's one of those things where you should probably take that next step, then you've got to look at it as a business decision," Lynch said. "I know he's getting questions about it from everyone else. I just tell him, man, if you leave I'll love you, if you leave I'll love you. Just do what's best for you."

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has already chimed on what he thought Murray should do.

During a teleconference call earlier this week, Kiper stated that he feels Murray would go in either the second or third round of April's NFL Draft. He also said he felt Murray should return for one more year.

Murray said he heard Kiper's assessment.

"I heard it, but I don't know," Murray said. "He's not the one drafting, so I don't know. I don't really listen to all that kind of stuff. It's just something I've got to weigh out when I sit down and talk with my parents once the season is over."