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All records are made to be broken, but there's one that could fall in the SEC this season that not a lot of people would have predicted when it was set back in the mid 1990s.

That brings us to today's number: 114.

Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel threw 114 career touchdown passes while slinging it around in Steve Spurrier’s Fun ‘n’ Gun offense. Wuerffel was the Gators’ starting quarterback for most of his four seasons at Florida from 1993-96. When he set the SEC record for touchdown passes, there were a lot of people who felt like it may well stand the test of time. After all, how many more quarterbacks were going to be able to put up those kind of numbers against SEC defenses and stay around long enough (and be durable enough) to make a legitimate run at Wuerffel’s record? Peyton Manning didn’t do it, and neither did his younger brother, Eli Manning. But then along came Aaron Murray. A fifth-year senior, Murray enters his senior season at Georgia with 95 career touchdown passes. He needs 20 touchdown passes this season to surpass Wuerffel and has thrown at least 24 touchdown passes in each of his previous three seasons, including 36 last year and 35 the year before. Murray is already No. 2 on the SEC’s all-time list, and only five other players in SEC history have thrown 80 or more touchdown passes during their career. It’s a star-studded group: Wuerffel (114), Peyton Manning (89), Chris Leak (88), Tim Tebow (88) and Eli Manning (81). All but Eli Manning have also won an SEC championship, and that’s the fraternity that Murray would like to join more than anything else before he wraps up his record-setting career.