Christopher Smith

Murray's Career Ends Two Games Early

Created on Nov. 24, 2013 3:11 PM EST

Aaron Murray will not get to play rival Georgia Tech a final time or play in a bowl game.

The senior quarterback tore his left ACL in the second quarter against Kentucky on Saturday, the team announced.

"Thank you for all the prayers the past few hours," Murray tweeted. "Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all #GoDawgs"

Murray finishes his record-breaking career with an SEC-best 13,166 yards and 121 passing touchdowns. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and at least 24 touchdowns four consecutive years and came within five yards of a BCS championship appearance in 2012.

He'll have surgery Tuesday, the team said, and will miss the Senior Bowl and the physical portion of the NFL Combine.

Murray started a remarkable 52 consecutive games at quarterback in the SEC, a treacherous position considering the wealth of NFL-calibar defensive linemen and linebackers. It remains the longest current starting streak by any college football player in the country, though it will end Saturday.

Junior Hutson Mason, who sat loyally behind Murray his entire career, including a redshirt season, is expected to start next year for Georgia and now will get an early start. The Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3) already have had a disappointing season stained by injuries, missed opportunities and plain bad luck (see: Auburn game). Jerry Palm of CBS Sports projects UGA in the Music City Bowl against Boston College on Dec. 30.

If there's any silver lining for Murray, it's that teams have such a volume of video by which to evaluate him, including many games against elite defenses. He'll also have about nine months to rehab before the start of the season and probably doesn't project as a starting quarterback as a rookie anyway.

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