Junior quarterback Aaron Murray
Oct. 22, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia juniors Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones have been named semifinalists for the national awards representing their respective positions, according to separate announcements on Monday.
Murray is one of 16 quarterbacks named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award while Jones is repeating as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which is given to the country's top linebacker.
In the Bulldogs' latest victory at Kentucky, Murray was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after a record-setting performance. He completed a career-high 30 passes on 38 attempts for a school record completion mark of 78.95 percent. Murray finished with a career-high 427 yards passing, which is fourth best in school history and the second best in the SEC this year, and four touchdowns.
The Tampa, Fla., native took over the school record in career touchdown passes with 75, which is tied for ninth in SEC history. He had a pair of 100-yard receivers as senior Tavarres King (188 yards) and sophomore Malcolm Mitchell (103 yards) each had nine catches. Murray is the SEC active leader in five different categories and is third in the NCAA FBS in career pass efficiency rating for active players with a 154.02 clip.
Murray, who was also named one of the Manning Award Stars of the Week after the Kentucky game, is one of three quarterbacks representing the SEC on the list with Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Alabama's A.J. McCarron also included.
Despite missing the Kentucky game (ankle) and Florida Atlantic game (groin) with injuries, Jones leads the team in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (9.5) and is third on Georgia's defense with 36 stops in five games played. Jones, who also is No. 1 on the Bulldogs with three forced fumbles, has 19 career sacks in two seasons at Georgia and is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game at 1.0.
A 2011 All-American and finalist for the Butkus Award last season, Jones had a dominating performance at Missouri that earned him national player of the week honors earlier this year. He finished with nine tackles, including two sacks, an interception returned to the Tiger 1-yard line, two forced fumbles and five quarterback pressures to pace the defense during the 41-20 rout of Missouri.
Jones is one of three players from the SEC on the Butkus Award semifinalists list.
The #12 Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1) take on #3 Florida (7-0, 6-0) in Jacksonville at EverBank Field on Saturday. The game will be televised by CBS at 3:30 p.m.