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Murray set for 50th start against Appalachian State

Murray set for 50th start against Appalachian State

Murray set for 50th start against Appalachian State

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file p...


    ATHENS — Aaron Murray is reaching a milestone for durability as he chases another SEC record.
    Murray will make his 50th consecutive start when Georgia takes a break from its Southeastern Conference schedule to play Appalachian State on Saturday. Murray's endurance stands out in a year every other starting quarterback in the SEC East has missed at least one game.
    The quarterback is excelling as an athlete and a student. Murray already has set SEC career records for yards passing and total offense this season. He needs two touchdown passes Saturday to top Danny Wuerffel's conference record of 114 at Florida from 1993-96.
    Last week, Murray and Appalachian State receiver Tony Washington were among 16 players to win $18,000 postgraduate scholarships when named National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes.
    Murray is completing his career as a graduate student. He completed his degree in psychology in 2011 with a 3.3 GPA.
    He has never missed a start for Georgia (5-3). He sounded surprised this week when told he was approaching his 50th start.
    "Is this it?" Murray asked. "Oh, wow. I mean, that's a lot of starts. It's definitely an honor to have played this long at this university at this type of program. I'm definitely blessed."
    Murray has been the constant as Georgia had to overcome injuries to most of its other top starters on offense. Tailback Todd Gurley returned for last week's 23-20 win over Florida to preserve Georgia's hopes of catching Missouri in the SEC East. Gurley had 100 yards rushing, 87 yards receiving and two touchdowns against the Gators, leading coach Mark Richt to observe "He helped a little bit, didn't he?"
    Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch has bruised ribs and is not expected to play.
    Appalachian State (2-7) is struggling in its last year playing a Southern Conference schedule as a Football Championship Subdivision team.
 The Mountaineers are moving to the Sun Belt in 2014 and are looking for their first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team since their famous 2007 upset of No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

First-year coach Todd Satterfield, an assistant in 2007, said there is no comparison with the 2007 Appalachian State team that was on its way to its third straight FCS national championship.

"I think we're too far away from that," Satterfield said. "I mean, there's not anybody on this team that was around during that time. It's a completely different team. Back then we were coming off a couple of national championships with a lot of the same players that were coming back, offensively and defensively. I just think that was just a different era, a different time and different kids."

The Mountaineers have four losses by no more than seven points, including last week's 35-28 loss to Chattanooga.

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