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UGA's Murray named finalist for Manning Award
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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) throws a pass during Saturday's win over Kentucky at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Murray left the game in the second quarter with a torn ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. - photo by John Bazemore | Associated Press

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ATHENS — Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray has been named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award for the second year in a row, according to an announcement by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Murray is one of three finalists from the Southeastern Conference and one of six returning finalists for the award. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates’ bowl performances into consideration in its balloting. 

This year’s Manning Awardwill be presented at a ceremony on Jan. 8, 2014 in New Orleans, La.

Murray, a 6-1, 208-pound native of Tampa, Fla., set four SEC career records and 27 school records during his four years as a Bulldog.  He recorded 13,562 yards of total offense, 13,166 passing yards, 121 touchdown passes and 921 completions to move into the No. 1 spot on the league’s all-time lists. 

Murray sustained a season-ending ACL injury during Georgia’s 59-17 win over Kentucky on Nov. 23 and had successful surgery on Nov. 26.

He completed the 2013 season going 225-for-347 for 3,075 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.  Murray also rushed for 186 yards and seven scores during his final campaign.

Murray, who was one of the Bulldogs’ 2012 permanent captains, is also the only quarterback in SEC history and the fifth in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards or more in all four of his seasons and is the active national leader with 52 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.

Winning MVP honors at the 2013 Capital One Bowl, Murray led the Bulldogs to back-to-back trips to the SEC Championship Game in 2012 and 2011.

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 Manning Award will be selecting its 10th winner in January.

The Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3 SEC) travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech (7-4, 5-3 ACC) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ABC will televise the matchup between the two teams.

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