Georgia senior tight end Aron White, junior tight end Orson Charles and redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray were named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) watch lists on Tuesday.
According to the CFPA website, the purpose of the awards is "to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football." Recipients are selected "exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams."
White and Charles are two of only four players from the SEC on the 39-man tight end watch list, and Murray is one of only four SEC players on the 40-man quarterback watch list.
Last season, Murray was selected as a Freshman All-American after setting a Georgia freshman record with 3,049 passing yards, which ranks second in SEC history for freshmen. Murray’s passing efficiency of 154.48 was also tops in the country among all freshmen quarterbacks and second best in school history among all quarterbacks.
Murray also threw 24 touchdowns to eight interceptions as the Bulldogs went 6-7 in 2010.
Charles, who played his high school ball with Murray at Tampa, (Fla.) Plant, was fourth on the team with 26 receptions last season and had 422 receiving yards with two touchdowns. Charles started 12-of-13 games in 2010 and enters the fall as the Bulldogs' second-leading returning receiver.
White appeared in all 13 games last season and finished with nine catches for 125 yards. He graduated in December 2010 with a degree in management and was the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremonies. White is now pursuing a graduate degree at Georgia.
Georgia also had a few other players named to CFPA Watch Lists.
Senior kicker Blair Walsh and senior punter Drew Butler made the cut for special teams, while senior cornerback Brandon Boykin was named to both the defensive back watch list and the kickoff returner watch list. Junior safety Bacarri Rambo was also named to the Defensive Back Watch List.
Former Bulldog Justin Houston was named the CFPA’s National Linebacker of the Year following the 2010 season.