One of the knocks on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is that he tends to put too much pressure on himself, particularly in the big games, and doesn't perform as well in those situations.
Coach Mark Richt isn't ready to go there, but he has seen what he calls a "little calmer version" of Murray.
"I just think he’s getting more and more comfortable in his role and his responsibility," Richt said of his fifth-year senior quarterback. "He’s always been a pretty confident guy. But until you live through some of these things a few times, it’s hard to really be totally confident. So I also see a stronger confidence."
Murray is already the only quarterback in SEC history to pass for 3,000 yards in three straight seasons and has 95 career touchdown passes. The SEC record is 114, which was set by Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel.
But it's what Murray doesn't have that has dogged him -- an SEC championship.
"Aaron is a great quarterback. He’s a great leader. He’s a great person," Richt said. "I’m hoping for Georgia and for him that we do win a championship, and he can leave with the sense of peace that he accomplished what he came here to do."