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SEC coaches name Murray ahead of Manziel as top QB

Georgia’s Aaron Murray is the coaches’ preseason choice as the SEC’s top quarterback.

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Georgia’s Aaron Murray is the coaches’ preseason choice as the SEC’s top quarterback.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — SEC coaches don't think Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is the league's best quarterback.

They made the Texas A&M quarterback the preseason second-team selection on the teams the league released Thursday. Georgia's Aaron Murray, a former Plant High standout, was the first-team choice. Alabama's AJ McCarron received third-team honors.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, but allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility.

Manziel is the first player in NCAA history to surpass 5,000 total yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season.

Murray also has put up impressive numbers. He is the first quarterback in SEC history to have 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons, throwing for a school-record 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns last season while being intercepted 10 times.

Murray holds the school career marks for touchdown passes with 95 and touchdowns responsible for (104).

stadium updates: The ribbon has been cut on the $63.5 million addition to Nebraska's Memorial Stadium that will increase capacity to more than 90,000 and serve as a hub for research on concussions and other areas of brain science and athletic performance. Gov. Dave Heineman and retired coach and athletic director Tom Osborne were among participants in a ceremony. … Kansas State's $75 million stadium renovation that began after last season was completed.

kansas: Former UCLA quarterback T.J. Millweard is transferring to the Jayhawks. He'll have to redshirt and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

n.c. state: An attorney for Shadrach Thornton said the running back is getting counseling that could lead to the dismissal of a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female.

oklahoma: Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will start at quarterback in the Aug. 31 opener against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Bob Stoops said.

Oklahoma State: Coach Mike Gundy is undecided on a starting quarterback for the opener against Mississippi State. Senior Clint Chelf and sophomore J.W. Walsh will both play, he said.

basketball: Butler guard Roosevelt Jones had season-ending surgery on his left wrist. A full recovery is expected. The rising junior would have been Butler's top returnee in scoring, rebounding and assists.

SEC coaches name Murray ahead of Manziel as top QB 08/22/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:41pm]
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