Junior QB Aaron Murray
Nov. 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Murray, a 6-1, 210-pound native of Tampa, Fla., is one of three players from the Southeastern Conference selected as a finalist. He has already been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to the nation’s best college quarterback.
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.
During the offseason, Murray graduated with a degree in Psychology after posting a GPA of 3.4 and is now in graduate school. In his 23 wins as a starter, Murray has 56 touchdown pass to just 15 interceptions. He is the SEC’s leading active player in total offensive yards (8,513), completions (589), touchdown responsibility (86, which is tied for sixth in SEC history with Eli Manning), TD passes (76, which is ninth in SEC history) and passing yards (8,262).
Murray was recently named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career following his performance at Kentucky (30-for38, 427 yards, four touchdowns). He tossed his school record 76th touchdown pass of his career to lead the Bulldogs to a 17-9 upset of #3 Florida last Saturday. Another example of his efficiency came against Vanderbilt this year as he started the game 12-for-12, which is No. 3 on Georgia’s all-time list and finished 18-for-24 for 250 yards.
Off the field, Murray was recently named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team, which honors 11 FBS players nationwide for their outstanding community service record.
The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 7 at The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore, Md.
Past winners include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), and most recently, Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).
The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.
The #7 Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) host Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2 SEC) in Sanford Stadium on Saturday. CBS will televise the game for the second consecutive week at 3:30 p.m.