Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray was named the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday.
The 2013 SEC football individual awards were voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Murray was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, and he was also one of 16 players nationwide who earned one of the prestigious National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Tampa, Fla., native 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.
The three-time First Team Academic All-District selection was a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and he was named one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Murray set four SEC career records in his final season as a Bulldog, including touchdown passes, total offense, passing yards and completions. In addition, he is also the SEC’s leading player in TD responsibility (137). His 13,166 passing yards are No. 2 nationally among active FBS quarterbacks.
Coaches voted Auburn’s Gus Malzahn coach of the year, and picked his star tailback Tre Mason as the top offensive player.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam are co-defensive players of the year.
Alabama receiver/return man Christion Jones is special teams player of the year. Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell is freshman of the year.
Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews receives the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
Malzahn and Mason have led No. 2 Auburn into the national championship game Jan. 6 against No. 1 Florida State. Mason is a Heisman Trophy finalist.
2013 SEC FOOTBALL AWARDS
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tre Mason, Auburn
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Michael Sam, Missouri
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christion Jones, Alabama
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Aaron Murray, Georgia
JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gus Malzahn, Auburn