UGA's Murray the Pick for First Team All-SEC, Not Manziel

Published on 22-Aug-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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UGA's Murray the Pick for First Team All-SEC, Not Manziel

In the things that make you scratch your head department, the coaches, All-SEC list came out today.

No surprise that Alabama had the most players on the All-SEC teams with 16.

But the big surprise came at who was picked as first team All-SEC quarterback.

No, it wasn't Johnny Manziel or AJ McCarron, it was Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. You heard me. Aaron Murray.

Don't get me wrong; Murray is a fine quarterback, and by the end of his career at Georgia, he may be the SEC's all-time leading passer. But the coaches are going to pass up the Heisman Trophy winner and the guy who won back-to-back national titles for the Georgia quarterback who hasn't done either?


At least Manziel made the second team, and McCarron ended up on the third team.

I don't know if this is some kind of message sent by the coaches or that they honestly believe Murray will be better than Manziel or McCarron.

But this is not the first time the SEC has had a few head-scratchers.

When Auburn won the national championship a few years ago, then head coach Gene Chizik was not named SEC Coach of the Year.

That award went to Steve Spurrier, who Chizik's team beat down in the SEC Championship Game.

Also that same year, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was not name SEC Male Athlete of the Year either. 

And just like it was a few years ago, maybe a feelgood message was being sent by the coaches: we'd rather choose a guy that we like over the two of the best players in the league.

No word how Murray feels about being thrust into the limelight from Stage Left.