Aaron Murray has been named one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy.
Nov. 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray has been named one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, according to an announcement from All Sports Association Inc. on Monday.
Murray is one of two finalists from the Southeastern Conference for the award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
The winner of the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on December 10. The voting committee for the winner is comprised of select national media, retired head coaches, past winners and the Wuerffel Trophy Board of Directors. The award will be presented at the All Sports Association's annual banquet on February 7, 2014.
Murray, a 6-1, 208-pound native of Tampa, Fla., has set three SEC career records this season. He has passed for 12,568 yards and moved into the league's No. 1 spot during the win at Tennessee. Murray then set a conference record in total offense at Vanderbilt with 12,896.
Most recently, he passed for his 115th career touchdown pass in the victory over Appalachian State. Ironically, this scoring strike moved Murray past Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1993-96) in the conference record books.
Murray, who was one of the Bulldogs' 2012 captains, is also the only quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards or more in each of his first three seasons and is the active national leader with 50 career starts. He began his career as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and earned Freshman All-America honors.
Murray was one of 16 players nationwide who earned one of the prestigious National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Awards this season and will be honored in New York City with an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
So far this season, the 2013 Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist has been named the Maxwell Award National Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week twice and the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and the Manning Award "Star of the Week" once during victories over #6 South Carolina and #6 LSU. During that stretch, he combined to go 27-for-57 for 607 yards and eight touchdowns and only a single interception while also rushing for a score.
Winning MVP honors at the 2013 Capital One Bowl, Murray has led the Bulldogs to back-to-back trips to the SEC Championship Game.
Murray graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2011 after posting a GPA of 3.3 and then recorded a 4.0 in his first semester of his Psychology doctorate program. He is currently taking undergraduate classes towards another degree.
The 2012 CoSIDA Capital One Second Team Academic All-American and three-time First Team Academic All-District selection was a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Murray was also the overall male winner of this year's Peach of an Athlete award.
The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the NFL and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country.
The 25th-ranked Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2 SEC) travel to seventh-ranked Auburn (9-1, 5-1 SEC) on Saturday to take on the Tigers. CBS will televise Georgia for the fifth time this season and the game will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET.