Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Colleges

Injury ends Aaron Murray's college career; NFL next?

ATHENS, Ga. — Former Plant High standout Aaron Murray's record-setting college career is over. The Georgia senior quarterback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on a noncontact play Saturday against Kentucky and season-ending surgery is scheduled for this week.

Murray started all 52 games of his four years and became the SEC's career leader in yards passing, touchdown passes, completions and total offense. He is the first in SEC history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in four seasons.

On Sunday, Murray tweeted thanks to Georgia fans for their concern and support.

"Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours. Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all (hash)GoDawgs," Murray said.

In another tweet, Murray said, "Truly am blessed to have been your QB for 4 years!"

Head trainer Ron Courson said a full recovery is expected. Coach Mark Richt believes Murray will be an NFL pick because there have been successful recoveries from ACL injuries.

Murray was injured when he cut during a second-quarter run. He trotted off the field and avoided Courson, who gave chase on the sideline, and convinced coaches to leave him in but played only one more series.

"He's not going to mope around and cry," Richt said. "He's already kind of getting geared up for (rehabilitation)."

BCS update: The top three teams in the BCS standings announced Sunday were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State, the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The Tide and Seminoles remain on course to meet in the BCS title game if they stay unbeaten. In the Associated Press poll, Auburn moved up to No. 4 to set up the second top-five Iron Bowl matchup. Auburn hosts No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. Hundreds of RVs were already parked down the street from Jordan-Hare Stadium a week before kickoff. In 1971, No. 3 Alabama beat No. 5 Auburn 31-7, then lost to No. 1 Nebraska 38-6 in the Orange Bowl.

FSU: The Seminoles say they won't take Florida lightly on Saturday despite the Gators' struggles this season. "Just because they lost to another team doesn't mean they're not going to come to play hard against us," FSU running back Devonta Freeman said. "If we let up, they might hit us in the mouth, but we ain't letting up.'' Linebacker Telvin Smith added, "They could lose every game but when they play us, they're probably going to play their best game against us."

UCLA: Left tackle Simon Goines had surgery on a broken bone in his right leg, sidelining another key player for the team's regular-season finale against USC. Receivers Gray Mazzone and Darren Andrews also are out for the season. UCLA likely will have three freshman offensive line starters this week.

Late Saturday

usc 47, colorado 29: The visiting Trojans won their fifth straight and increased the momentum for interim coach Ed Orgeron's bid to become the permanent coach. Tailback Javorius Allen rushed for three touchdowns as USC improved to 6-1 under Orgeron.

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