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SEC championship QBs targeting at big prizes

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer Published: November 30, 2012

A title or two would polish off the resume nicely.

Avoiding costly mistakes will be key in a game featuring the SEC's two top pass defenses.

“I think all QBs want to make a big play in a big game,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “All players want to make a big play in a big game. There's a time and place for everything. You have to understand when a play presents itself, then you make the big play. If it doesn't present itself, burn the ball, get rid of it. “

A win might also wipe out some forgettable performances in key games for Murray. He was 16-of-40 passing with two interceptions in a loss to LSU in last season's SEC championship game and was picked off twice again in a bowl defeat to Michigan State.

This season, he completed just over a third of his passes for career-low 109 yards in a blowout loss to South Carolina and threw three first-half interceptions before righting himself in a 17-9 win over Florida.

That's the one that ultimately got the Bulldogs to the brink of an SEC and national title.

The normally media-friendly Murray opted out of talking to reporters this week.

His teammates spoke for him, and talked about the comfort of having a star quarterback in games like this.

“It's very valuable,” tight end Jay Rome said. “You have to have a quarterback who's not only a good athlete and can throw the ball, but a quarterback who knows where to go with the ball. Whether he needs to hand it off or check to a pass or recognize blitzes, you have to have a smart guy back there. I feel like Murray is definitely that.”

Wide receiver Tavarres King noted that the number of records his quarterback holds is “crazy.”

“He's probably about to break Usain Bolt's record or something,” King joked. “No, he's too slow for that. But he's playing extremely well. It's just a tribute to the guy he is, the leader he is. He just goes about his business.”

Perhaps that means treating this like just another game.

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