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Mel Kiper suggests Aaron Murray should return for senior season

Aaron Murray will complete his third season as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback on Jan. 1, when Georgia takes on Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. told members of the press that he thinks Aaron Murray should return for one more season with the Georgia Bulldogs. The fourth-year junior is eligible to come back for his senior year, and much of his offense would be similar to this season. He said,

"I would go back for another year if I were Aaron Murray because I think unless you're a guaranteed first-round pick it's wise to go back. Especially when you play at Georgia with the talent around the quarterback there, even though (Tavarres) King will be moving on. But you've got (Malcolm) Mitchell coming back, the great young running backs around you, the line, you've got a lot of good components in terms of the situation there, in terms of the talent around the quarterback. So I would go back."

Later in the teleconference, Kiper stressed that Murray's height would be a concern for some teams. Because of his height, many have compared Murray to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Another issue for Murray could be his lack of "big" wins. Although Georgia defeated Florida, the Bulldogs lost their two other games to ranked opponents this season. Most recently, Murray and the Georgia coaching staff were criticized for not spiking the ball near the end of the SEC Championship game against Alabama.

On the year, Murray finished with 3466 passing yards (second-most in the SEC), 31 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. In three seasons as the starter, Murray has completed 61.8 percent of his passes.

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