Thursday, December 6, 2012
ATHENS-----University of Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray and senior snapper Ty Frix have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team, it was announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Murray and Frix are among 24 players selected to the second team.
The Capital One Academic All-America program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. This marks the fifth time two Bulldogs have earned the honor in the same year and the first time since Matt Stinchcomb and Kirby Smart in 1998. Georgia is the only SEC school with more than one representative on the 2012 Academic All-America team.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by the sports information director.
Murray and Frix garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors for the second consecutive year. District winners advanced to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Murray, a Tampa, Fla., native, graduated in May with a GPA of 3.30 in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology. He is the SEC’s leading active player in total offensive yards (9,871), completions (678), TD responsibility (100, which is tied for fifth SEC history), TD passes (a school record 90, which is second in SEC history) and passing yards (9,664).
Frix, a Calhoun native, graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biological Engineering in May and is now pursuing his MBA. He has been accepted for medical school for Fall 2013. A four-year starter at snapper, Frix won a Peach of an Athlete Award for the state of Georgia, honoring those who excel in academics, athletics and community service. He also earned football's overall Scholar-Athlete Award and won the 2012 Dick Copas Leadership Award.
Murray and Frix have been instrumental in Georgia’s 11-2 season in 2012. The Bulldogs will face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.