Junior QB Aaron Murray is one of two Bulldogs to be named to the 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List.
July 20, 2012
Jones, a 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker, and Murray, a 6-1, 210-pound quarterback, are part of 11 players from the Southeastern Conference who are in consideration to be named the country’s top college football player.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 6. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 12, 2013 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign.
Jones has already been named to a lengthy list of preseason watch lists. He has been included on the lists for the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Trophy, the Butkus Award and the Lombardi Award.
A Tampa, Fla., native, Murray finished the 2011 season with a school record 35 touchdown passes and set a school record for touchdown responsibility by a quarterback in a season with 37 (two rushing). Murray is the SEC¹s leading active player in total offensive yards (6,476), completions (447), touchdown responsibility (65), touchdown passes (59) and passing yards (6,198). He also graduated in May 2012 and is now in graduate school.
Murray has also been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award and the AFCA Good Works Team.
The Bulldogs open the season versus Buffalo in Sanford Stadium on Sept. 1. Kickoff is at 12:21 p.m. ET and the SEC Network will televise the matchup. Georgia opens SEC play at Missouri on Sept. 8. The Bulldogs and the Tigers will play on ESPN2 at 7:45 p.m.