Two Georgia offensive players were selected for SEC weekly honors on Monday.
Neither was named Aaron Murray, the Georgia quarterback who threw four touchdowns while completing 14 of 18 passes for 224 yards in a 45-7 romp over Auburn on Saturday.
Murray didn‚Äôt get the SEC award a week earlier either after tossing five touchdown passes in the second quarter of a 63-16 win against New Mexico State a week earlier.
‚ÄúWhatever,‚Äù the redshirt sophomore said with a laugh Tuesday. ‚ÄúA win‚Äôs a win. I‚Äôm happy Ben (Jones) and Isaiah (Crowell) got their awards. It happens.‚Äù
Jones was named the conference’s offensive lineman of the week and Crowell freshman of the week. Murray didn‚Äôt make the list of other outstanding performances either.
Murray‚Äôs 255.6 pass efficiency rating against Auburn was the highest of his career.
Vanderbilt‚Äôs Zac Stacy was SEC offensive player of the week after rushing for 135 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-8 win over Kentucky.
Murray leads the SEC and is 12 th nationally in passing efficiency.
His 27 touchdown passes are tied for eighth nationally, just two behind Stanford‚Äôs Andrew Luck and four behind Oklahoma State‚Äôs Brandon Weeden and Boise State‚Äôs Kellen Moore.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt really care,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúThe only thing that matters right now is getting back to Atlanta. I said at the beginning of the year I could throw 20 interceptions and five touchdowns‚ÄîI‚Äôd probably be benched if I did that‚Äîbut I just want to get back to Atlanta. I want to be able to compete for an SEC championship. I want to send these seniors out on the right note and get some rings.‚Äù
His teammates have at least noticed.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs played lights out these last two weeks,‚Äù tight end Aron White said. ‚ÄúAccolades or not, that‚Äôs something we‚Äôre proud of.‚Äù
Butler inconsistent but soaking up team’s success
Senior punter Drew Butler didn‚Äôt make the 10-person list of Ray Guy semifinalists after winning the award for nation‚Äôs top punter in 2009 and being a finalist last year.
‚ÄúNot the best year,‚Äù Butler said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs as simple as that. It‚Äôs been inconsistent. I feel like a few punts, maybe four or five punts have really affected our punt team statistics and our individual statistics.‚Äù
Butler is averaging 42.4 yards per punt, down from 44.5 last year, but Georgia is one win away from its first SEC championship game appearance since 2005.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs different,‚Äù Butler said. ‚ÄúIn the past, I‚Äôve had a pretty high level of success but the team hasn‚Äôt had a high level of success and now I‚Äôm doing OK, but the team‚Äôs doing great. I really wouldn‚Äôt trade it for anything else.‚Äù
Georgia has gone from fourth last year in net punting to 107 th out of 120 FBS teams at 33.62.
Coach Mark Richt called that more of ‚Äúa team thing.‚Äù He said Butler ‚Äúreally hasn‚Äôt done a whole lot different this year than he has done every year. The difference is that we didn‚Äôt run down the field and tackle well.‚Äù
Sturdivant among seniors to be honored Saturday
Georgia will honor 24 players in senior day ceremonies on Saturday, including four players whose careers were cut short by injury.
Neland Ball (back), Jeremy Longo (knee and shoulder) and Jonathan Owens (knee) were medically disqualified.
Offensive tackle Trinton Sturidvant, who missed this season after his third knee injury, also will be recognized.
Richt wasn‚Äôt sure of his future plans.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve talked to him over the course of the season and they‚Äôve kind of bounced around a little bit like a lot of guys his age trying to decide what‚Äôs best,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been anything from continuing school to maybe getting out and getting some work experience as he tries to prepare to get into law school.‚Äù
As far Sturdivant considering football again, Richt said ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know. He was talking about playing tight end, too, so who knows?‚Äù
This and that
Crowell was not at practice Tuesday during a 15-minute portion open to the media because ‚Äúhe had to finish some things up in the training room,‚Äù running backs coach Bryan McClendon said, but Crowell later practiced without limitation. ‚Ä¶Nose guard Kwame Geathers (ankle, knee) did not practice, but Richt has said he‚Äôs hoping Geathers will play.