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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: UGA’s Murray, Gurley named to Maxwell watch list

Georgia's Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley were named to the 2013 Maxwell Award watch list, which is given annually to the collegiate player of the year.

Georgia's Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley were named to the 2013 Maxwell Award watch list, which is given annually to the collegiate player of the year.

ATHENS — Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray and sophomore tailback Todd Gurley have been named to the 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List.

The Maxwell Award, now in its 77th season, is given annually to the collegiate player of the year. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Oct. 29 and three finalists will be named on Nov. 25. The winner of the Maxwell Award, along with the winners of a host of other awards, will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12.

Murray, a native of Tampa, Fla., is one of the nation’s elite at his position. 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 last year.

In his 28 wins as a starter, he has 74 touchdowns to just 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).

Gurley, a native of Tarboro, N.C., was a 2012 Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American after becoming the 12th Bulldog to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first since Knowshon Moreno in 2008. Gurley went for 1,385 yards, which ranks sixth in school history for a single season, and 17 touchdowns (a UGA freshman record) on 222 carries (6.2/carry).

Only Gurley and Bulldog legend Herschel Walker 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.

Charley Trippi (1946) and Walker (1982) are former Bulldogs who have won the Maxwell Award. Walker also won the Heisman Trophy that year.

The Bulldogs start the season with a non-conference matchup at Clemson on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.

SGTC’s Ethridge gets invite to Top 100 camp

AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College’s Anthony Ethridge, the Region XVII Freshman of the Year last season, has been selected to participate in the Mullen’s Top 100 JUCO camp in St. Charles, Mo., this week.

Mullen’s Top 100 JUCO camp is one of the nation’s most highly attended July events with between 250 and 300 four-year coaches expected to be on hand, and Ethridge was the only Georgia junior college player selected to participate.

“We are very pleased that Anthony Ethridge was invited to this premier event for Junior College basketball players,” said SGTC athletic director and Jets’ head basketball coach Steven Wright. “Ethridge is the first South Georgia Technical College player to ever be invited to this event. This is a big honor for him and for South Georgia Technical College.”

Ethridge, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from Lakeland, has signed a letter of commitment to return to South Georgia Technical College this fall for his sophomore season.

The Jets finished the 2012-13 regular season with a 21-9 overall record and an 11-9 GCAA record.

Ethridge was named First-Team All-Region and was SGTC’s leading scorer with an average of 19.1 points per game.