Greene happy for Murray, only wishes for five more yards

semerson@macon.comApril 29, 2013 

ATHENS - It was a quote by David Greene that perfectly encapsulated his magnanimity as a competitor, and his frustration as a fan.

The former Georgia quarterback was asked Monday about his school passing records being shattered by Aaron Murray.

"Selfishly as a fan I'm kinda glad they are (being broken)," Green said, before adding: "I wish we had five more yards on his passing stats."

Greene's clarification ("at the end of that SEC championship game") was unnecessary. It was clear what he meant.

Either way, Greene is quite impressed by the Georgia offense, which set a program record last year for touchdowns and points scored.

"Last year was phenomenal," Greene said, speaking before the pro-am of the UGA Stadion Classic. "The way they ran up and down the field week in and week out, and I think the type of balance they had on offense was what I was so impressed (by). (Todd) Gurley and (Keith) Marshall's great little tag-team in the backfield, the way Murray was playing, and knowing that all the guys they've got returning this year, I think the expectations can be much higher than they are right now."

Greene said he imagines offensive coordinator Mike Bobo - who was Greene's quarterbacks coach at Georgia from 2001-04 - is "licking his chops" about the upcoming season. Only receivers Tavarres King and Marlon Brown are gone.

"It was amazing last year just watching how many times they would get eight or nine a clip. Here comes Gurley for seven, here comes Marshall for eight, Murray hits so-and-so for 12," Greene said. "Time after time they would just walk up the field and do that. It was kinda fun to watch."

Last year Murray threw for 3,893 passing yards, breaking the record Greene had held. (And Murray did it with 11 less pass attempts.) Murray also broke Greene's records for touchdown passes in a season and a career.

Murray is also verging on a few other records: Greene had 11,528 passing yards, and Murray is sitting at 10,091. Greene had 849 career completions, Murray enters the season with 696.

There is one record Murray cannot break, and will have to be perfect to tie: Greene's 42 wins as a starter. Murray has guided Georgia to 28.

Of course for awhile it was uncertain whether Murray would return to try to finish off the record chase. Greene said he spoke to Murray "once or twice" before the bowl, but they didn't really discuss his decision to stay.

"I didn't think his draft stock could get much higher than where it was last year. He played about as well last year as you can play," Greene said. "But at the same time, you're only in college once. And he was this close to playing in a national championship game. So I'm glad he's hungry and wants to come on back."

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