ATHENS - Aaron Murray says his decision-making process includes making an old-fashioned list of pros and cons. And the Georgia junior quarterback has yet to do that on the big one: Whether or not to turn pro after this season.
"I've gotta sit down with my parents, and we'll discuss the pros and cons, then we'll go from there," Murray said on Wednesday. "But right now it's all Nebraska."
Murray was asked if the SEC championship ended does not make it more likely that Murray returns.
"I don't know. I don't want to make any stupid decisions based on emotion," he said. "I need to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of everything, and talk to my parents, and coach Bobo and coach Richt."
So what would some of the pros and cons be? Murray wouldn't bite, declining to say how much his draft stock (a second or third rounder, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper) will figure into it.
And yes, Murray heard what Kiper said about him: That he should stay in school. So how much weight does Murray put in that?
"I don't know, he's not the one drafting anyone," Murray said. "But I don't know. I don't really listen to all that kind of stuff."
He was emphatic about one point: His height.
"Six-one," he said. "I am 6-1."
A reporter said he had a tape measure in his pocket.
"Let's do it, let's go," Murray said.
Tight end Arthur Lynch, who is one of Murray's housemates and close friends, was asked his hunch.
"If I had to guess, I would like to say I could see him leaning towards staying," Lynch said. "Just because I think after that game, if we had won and were in the national championship, maybe it'd be a little different. But he's such a competitor I could see him wanting to come back and do more."
But Lynch added that he hasn't talked much about it with Murray, and went on to discuss the reasons Murray could end up leaving.
"It's kind of hard to turn down a couple million bucks if you're a first, second-round pick," Lynch said. "So I think he's gonna wait and see what happens. Like I said before, whether it's this year or if he waits until his senior year, he goes to his interviews, his workouts, there's only positives that can come out of his case: He's not a guy that's gonna get in trouble. ...
"I think it's interesting for him. Because he's got every record. What more can he prove in terms of game film. .... I think for Aaron, it's whether or not he wants to come and try to cement his legacy here at Georgia, try to win a national championship. In my mind I think that's what he wants to do. But with that being said, you never really know."