Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tore an ACL in his left knee Saturday in a win over Kentucky, ending the fifth-year senior's season and college career, according to onlineathens.com.
The publication cited a Facebook post from Murray's mother which indicated surgery on the knee has been scheduled for Tuesday. It's a tough ending to a brilliant career in which Murray accomplished the rare feat of passing for more than 3,000 yards in all four of his seasons as a starter. Murray had started 52 consecutive games.
Depending on the severity of the tear, recovery time from ACL surgery could be as long as nine months, which obviously would preclude Murray from participation in both the Senior Bowl in January and the NFL Scouting Combine in February. The draft is less than six months away, so workouts with NFL clubs would also be in jeopardy.
Murray's reaction to the news on Twitter Sunday morning:
Wanna thank everyone for making our senior night so special! Truly am blessed to have been your QB for 4 years!â Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) November 24, 2013
Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours. Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all #GoDawgsâ Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) November 24, 2013
Murray closes his career with an SEC-record 13,166 passing yards, and is among the top quarterback prospects available for the 2014 NFL Draft. NFL Media's Gil Brandt ranks Murray the No. 17 senior prospect in the nation.
Indications weren't good after Murray was taken down by Kentucky defensive end Za'Darius Smith, and Georgia coach Mark Richt described the scene as "sickening." Backup Hutson Mason will start for Georgia against rival Georgia Tech next weekend, and presumably in the Bulldogs' bowl game as well.
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