UGA’s Murray, Gurley named to Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list

Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray and sophomore tailback Todd Gurley were named Friday to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list.

In 2012, Murray ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency at 174.82. He became the first Southeastern Conference quarterback in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons. In his 28 wins as a starter, he has 74 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Murray is the SEC’s leading active player in total offensive yards (10,301), completions (696), touchdown responsibility (105), touchdown passes (95) and passing yards (10,091).

Murray is also on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best quarterback and the Maxwell Award for the top college football player.

Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards as a true freshman, which ranks sixth in school history for a single season, and 17 touchdowns (a Georgia freshman record) on 222 carries (6.2/carry).

Gurley is also on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation’s top running back.

Only Gurley and Bulldog legend Herschel Walker — who was named the 1982 Walter Camp Player of the Year — have tallied 1,000-yard seasons in their true freshman seasons. Gurley finished 2012 with nine games where he went for at least 100 yards rushing, which ranks third in school history for a season.

The nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade will narrow its watch list to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on December 12.

The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 11 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.

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