ATHENS - Aaron Murray's long and prolific playing career at Georgia has ended.
Murray has an ACL tear in his left knee and will have surgery on Tuesday. His mother Lauren first announced the news on her Facebook account on Sunday morning, and the team confirmed it a short time later.
The senior quarterback had an MRI at St. Mary's Hospital on Saturday night, then met with the doctors on Sunday morning, and because there was little swelling he will not have to wait long for the surgery.
"Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours," Aaron Murray said via his Twitter account on Sunday morning. "Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all. #GoDawgs."
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Aaron Murray finishes his career as Georgia's career leader in nearly every major passing category. He started 52 straight games, dating from the season opener in 2010 to Saturday night's win over Kentucky. He hurt his knee early in the second quarter of Saturday's 59-17 win over Kentucky, but played through it, convincing coaches to let him stay in it and at one point waving off backup Hutson Mason.
Mason will now take over, and is in line to start Saturday's regular season finale at Georgia Tech, and whatever bowl that the Bulldogs appear in. Redshirt freshman Faton Bauta or senior walk-on Parker Welch moves into the No. 2 role.
Murray is the fourth key offensive player to tear his ACL this season, joining receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley and tailback Keith Marshall. And Georgia's run of injuries to skill-position players doesn't end there.
Star tailback Todd Gurley also missed three games with a sprained ankle, starting receiver Michael Bennett missed two games with a torn knee meniscus, and starting receiver Chris Conley missed two games with a sprained ankle. Starting tight end Arthur Lynch missed one game with a lacerated kidney, and backup tight end Jay Rome has missed the past two games with a foot injury, and is out until at least l the bowl.
All told, every skill-position player (quarterback, tailback, receiver, tight end) who started the season opener at Clemson will have missed at least one game with an injury, and Lynch is the only one (so far) who was not a multiple-game injury.
Despite all the injuries, Georgia's offense still ranks 15th nationally and third in the SEC in total yards, and 19th nationally and fifth in the SEC in scoring. Much of that was because of Murray, who did not have to come out of a game for injury until Saturday.
Murray finishes his career with 13,166 passing yards, 121 touchdowns and 41 interceptions. He surpassed 3,000 passing yards in each of his four seasons, one of only three players in college football history to do so. He is the SEC's all-time leader in touchdown passes, and is second in SEC history in touchdown responsibility, trailing only Tim Tebow, who had eight more.