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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is on the verge of joining an exclusive club. Tennessee fans can be excused for not applauding.
In the last 20 years, four SEC quarterbacks have beaten the Vols at least three times. Murray can join them if Georgia defeats UT on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m., WVLT,) at Sanford Stadium.
He will be in good company if he does. Some of the SEC's most successful quarterbacks distinguished themselves against Tennessee.
Already in: Alabama's Jay Barker, Florida's Danny Wuerffel, Georgia's David Greene and Florida's Tim Tebow.
Jay Barker — He was 35-2-1 as a starter and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as a senior.
Barker was 2-0-1 against the Vols as a starter, but deserves credit for a third victory because he came off the bench to lead the Tide to three fourth-quarter scores in a 24-19, come-from-behind victory in 1991.
Danny Wuerffel — A Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-American, he threw 114 career touchdown passes while leading the Gators to four consecutive SEC championships and a national tile from 1993 through 1996.
Florida went 4-0 and averaged 42 points in Wuerffel's four starts against Tennessee. He also has the distinction of besting two of UT's most heralded quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Heath Shuler.
David Greene — A four-year starter, he led the Bulldogs to 34 victories in his last three seasons. But Tennessee fans probably remember him best for his performance as a freshman at Neyland Stadium
when Georgia rallied in the last minute for a 26-24 victory in 2001.
Greene was 3-1 against the Vols, missing a chance to go 4-0 when UT beat Georgia in Athens his senior season.
Tim Tebow — Another Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow helped the Gators win two national titles, first as a power-running backup as a freshman and two years later as the leader of their team.
Tebow was 3-0 as a starter against the Vols, and also factored into Florida's 21-20 win as a freshman when he made crucial first downs running the football in his team's game-winning touchdown drive.
Murray already has two victories over the Vols, including one last season when he connected with Malcolm Mitchell on a 71-yard pass and finished the game 15-for-25 for 227 yards. He was slightly better as a freshman in 2010, completing 17 of 25 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 41 yards and another two touchdowns.
Although he seldom runs by design, he won't turn down a clear running lane if his receivers are covered. And he has the speed to capitalize on it.
Based on what has happened so far, Murray could be headed for his best game yet against the Vols. Through three games, he has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. Combine those stats with UT's struggles in pass coverage, and you probably wonder if Murray could be headed for a career day.
Another career opportunity also awaits him Saturday. Barker, Wuerffel, Greene and Tebow know all about it.