MVP? Captain? Most improved? Here are Dogs’ award winners . . .

Rennie Curran, A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, Drew Butler and Blair Walsh received top honors at the Georgia football team’s annual Gala Saturday night in Athens.

Curran, the junior linebacker who leads the SEC in tackles, received the Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year award.

Green, the sophomore wide receiver whose superb year was derailed by two late-season injuries, was named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Atkins, the senior defensive tackle who finished his UGA career strong, was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player.

And sophomore punter  Butler and sophomore placekicker Walsh, both models of consistency all season, were named the Most Valuable Special Teams Players.

Other awards and honors:

– Senior quarterback Joe Cox was named the team’s permanent overall captain.

– Senior wide receiver Michael Moore was named the offensive captain, senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens and Curran the defensive co-captains and senior Prince Miller the special-teams captain.

– Owens, who returned from a knee injury that cost him the 2008 season, received the David Jacobs Award as “the player who by example portrays courage, spirit, character and determination.”

– Moore won the Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program.

– Most Improved Player awards went to sophomore tight end Aron White for the offense, junior safety Reshad Jones for the defense and sophomore cornerback Brandon Boykin for special teams.

– Newcomer of the Year awards went to redshirt freshman wide receiver Tavarres King and freshman tailback Washaun Ealey on offense; redshirt freshman safety Bacarri Rambo and freshman tackle Abry Jones on defense; and freshman defensive backs Branden Smith and Shawn Williams on special teams.

– Winners of the Outstanding Scout Team Awards were junior tight end Derek Rich and freshman center Ben Reynolds on offense; freshman end Reuben Faloughi and freshman tackle Kwame Geathers on defense; and freshman linebackers Cameron Allen and Jackson Griffeth on special teams.

Congratulations, all.

138 comments Add your comment

matt

December 12th, 2009
10:44 pm

1st….? Hey…who is our defensive coordinator going to be anyway?

kauai dawg

December 12th, 2009
10:55 pm

I’m with you. Any news on a new coordinator? Any leads….. Go DAWGS!

grovetown dawg

December 12th, 2009
11:01 pm

hey, i’d like to hear some news on the coordinator and other staffing search. why’s it so quiet on the search? Is there any news? Congrats to all the dawgs. Even though it was a tough year…We still run this state! Go Dawgs!

trey

December 12th, 2009
11:15 pm

((( 30-24 )))
hahahahahahaha

guyanadawg

December 12th, 2009
11:31 pm

I’m proud Richt made the football decision concerning the ‘D’ and trust they will find the right fit.
Go Dawgs – lookin forward to next year with all our young talent comin back, and comin in!
The new ‘D’ should be fun to watch.

BurbankDawg

December 12th, 2009
11:33 pm

I sure hope Rennie stays for his senior year!

Santa says: “(((30-24))) HOHOHOHOHOHOHO!”

td

December 12th, 2009
11:42 pm

Richt will let the new DC have input on the hiring of the new DE, LB and SE coaches. He will wait until after the bowl season to try to land a BCS coordinator like Smart. If he can not get one of them then he will go with his second option (which is probably Rodney).

RED DOG 77

December 13th, 2009
12:17 am

Yes, CMR will certainly wait until after bowls to try to land the best DC hire he possibly can, but in my opinion he has grown alot amid the WM debacle. I agree Rodney Garner deserves much praise and mabe a raise but I do not think Ritch will hire him as DC. My guess is if Smart does not take the job, and I do think we have a shot at him , it will probubly be Steele from SC. Dude is tough and has had huge success over the past several years there.Just think about it ,with Spurier and all the O prowess SC has had to work with ,the strength of that South Carolina team has been its defense. GO DOGS !!!!!!!!

RED DOG 77

December 13th, 2009
12:27 am

As much as I like Rennie, dont think he will go pro until after next year. He would be 5 or 6 round material at best and I think he will realize that and stick around for one more big year, mabe up his stock if he leads the SEC in tackles 2 years in a row.

PHIL

December 13th, 2009
12:43 am

Can we get Dave OB to write an article about the search for a DC? Is he the only acyaul sports reporter this rag has? Could we possibly trade Tucker and Bill King to the Braves for him along with promises by Shultz and Bradley to never write a word about UGA again?

Dylan

December 13th, 2009
12:44 am

As much as I would love to have Kirby back in Athens, I just don’t think he would. If he stays at Bama, he’ll have head coaching offers by possibly next year. Who knows though. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Red Dog, Kevin Steele is the DC at Clemson. Ellis Johnson is the DC at South Carolina.

Tim Tucker

December 13th, 2009
1:22 am

I admit I don’t know who the new DC will be. I’m not sure anyone, even CMR, knows yet. My guess is the job is Kirby Smart’s if he wants it, but I still have trouble seeing him leaving Alabama for another DC job. I do think Vic Koenning, the former Clemson DC now at Kansas State, is a possibility. The Bud Foster rumors are tantalizing, although a lot of schools have tried and failed to hire him away from Virginia Tech. I thought Rodney Garner’s comments on Saturday were interesting.

BigDawg

December 13th, 2009
1:27 am

Kirby Smart at $1M a year, well worth it considering what head coaches are making the the increased contribution value on the “right” to buy season tix!!

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
1:36 am

Smart is about to get PAID. UGA is going to offer him some money, and then Alabama will offer him a raise. We’ll know when Smart has made his decision, because we’ll be hearing about his new contract either way.

Tim Tucker

December 13th, 2009
1:38 am

Monte Kiffin reportedly will make $1.5M at Tennessee this year ($1.2M salary plus $300,000 retention bonus). Will Muschamp reportedly makes $900,000 at Texas. So some schools agree with you, BigDawg, about the value of DC’s.

Tim Tucker

December 13th, 2009
1:44 am

I agree with Johnny DangerDawg that Smart is going to get a huge raise. Just a question of who’s signing the check, current employer or new one.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
1:44 am

Why is nobody talking about Tyrone Nix? He has a solid resume, a Frank Broyles award, SEC experience, recruiting connections in SC and Miss. His is married with two kids, which would fit in with Richt’s “family men” staff. He just turned down an offer from Florida. I think UGA would be a better fit for him than UF, but he is probably content at Ole Miss.

Tim Tucker

December 13th, 2009
1:47 am

FWIW, Tyrone Nix told a Mississippi newspaper on Friday that he hasn’t been contacted by Georgia.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
1:58 am

Tim Tucker,
Thanks for the info on Nix. He deserves at least an interview. If Richt is just waiting until after the bowls for Smart’s answer, would it be bad etiquette to interview his second choice now and then not offer him the job until almost a month later?

Tim Tucker

December 13th, 2009
2:06 am

Johnny DangerDawg: I’m no expert on hiring etiquette, but that sounds fine to me.

exNFLplayer

December 13th, 2009
7:13 am

I suspect the deal is already done, whoever it may be or is in the works. I suspect RIcht has the guy identified. Depending on the situation professional courtesy dictates not announcing a hire until after the team losing the coach finishes his season. In the case of Kirby Smart, no way it gets announced until after the NC game. Recruiting is not a concern in this case. RIcht, Garner, and Bobo will assure the D commits that an outstanding guy is coming onboard and all will be well. Any other high profile recruits can be dealt with the same way and most of them will be late commits anyway, so the cat will be out of the bag by the time they are ready to commit. Whoever it is will be a very good hire.

exNFLplayer

December 13th, 2009
7:18 am

Johnny if Smart is the guy Richt already has his answer. If not Richt isn’t going to sit on his hands and let other outstanding candidates fall through the cracks. Kirby Smart is good but in actuality there are numerous guys that are probably better, more experienced, and have a lot more seat time in the position. I tend to lean toward the guys that have proven it time and time again. And this young team might just need an older no nonsense fundamentals guy. Not that Smart doesn’t bring a hell of a lot to the table.

Spike

December 13th, 2009
8:17 am

Rennie, come back for one more year, baby!! UGA needs you. UGA-30 ACC Champs-24. HAHHAHAHAHA.

Bob

December 13th, 2009
9:46 am

Maybe it is so quiet because whoever Richt is after is a little busy right now preparing for a big game. Just a thought. Richt knows what its like to have one foot in the door of another program while assistant coaching in the big game. It doesn’t work. Just sayin’ amigos…

NCAA

December 13th, 2009
9:48 am

Did any of you watch the 30 for 30 special on ESPN last night where the Miami football team was discussed?

Being the NCAA hearing Miami admit to so many rules violations on TV by players and coaches, the National Championships awarded to the University of Miami during the time of these rule violations should/ shall be revoked.

The ability for these players to qualify academically and maintain GPA averages to be a student athelete is questionable. All of this is due to the 30 for 30 special on ESPN.

Money contributed by 2 Live Crew for the Hit Man List as well as drinks, meals, clothing, and cash pay out to players of the U football team should/ shall place the U on probation for ten (10) years with no eligibility to particiipate in any BCS or other bowl appearances.

This was a blatant display of cheating and rules violations to the world on television with no regard for what college atheletics are to represent!

dawgcrzy

December 13th, 2009
10:00 am

smart is not proven, although a good coach, saben is the defensive guru.I think we need a no BS guy to help CMR get back control of this team.As much as i like Kirby,a great Dawg I don’t know if he is that man. Am i way off base here?

dawgcrzy

December 13th, 2009
10:10 am

let me rephrase,how much of alabama’s success on D is Smarts and how much is Sabens?

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
10:15 am

exNFLplayer ,
Thanks for your insight. So FSU has violated professional courtesy by announcing that Mark Stoops will be their new DC? Stoops won’t be leaving AZ until after the Holiday Bowl.

Bull Pup

December 13th, 2009
10:17 am

I agree with you dawgcrzy.

Saban is the reason for the defensive play at Alabama. Make no mistake who runs the Bama footbal team.

This my friend is the exact missing ingredient with Richt. Richt has to stop the “CEO” crap and start calling the plays again at UGA and get into the game.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
10:18 am

dawgcrzy,
You are right to question Smart. It is possible that he is one of the top 10 DC’s in the country. But it is also possible that he is just a decent DC who’s good at stepping out of the way when Saban is working with the defense. We really don’t know for sure.

Bob

December 13th, 2009
10:20 am

Oh, and one more thing. Under no circumstances does Rennie Curran have any business entering the ‘10 Draft. No doubt he is a DGD, but he isn’t ready for the NFL. I question whether he will ever be quite frankly. Being Georgia’s best defender the past two seasons is kind of like being the best QB in the WAC. I mean let’s keep it real here. If we had any other LBs that were worth a crap they would be making some of those tackles for him. It wouldn’t be all on his shoulders. You often get the feeling that Rennie is the only thing in the way of the offense and a 50 yard gain. That’s a credit to him of course. He should stay another year. I don’t think he would go very high in ‘10.

Thanks.

Bull Pup

December 13th, 2009
10:24 am

The 30 for 30 was eye opening!

The U should be banned from College Football!

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
10:29 am

Bull Pup,
When Richt was calling offensive plays, the Dawgs didn’t score too many points. They usually won with outstanding DEFENSE. All the fans were begging Richt to let somebody else call the offensive plays. If we’d had Richt calling the plays the last few years, our defense still would’ve been just as weak, and we wouldn’t have won any more games than we did.

Bremen Dawg

December 13th, 2009
10:30 am

I think the offer is out there for Kirby Smart and I think its close to a done deal. FSU immediately went away from Kirby and went else where. I think he will come to UGA for about a 1 million contract (this is what he is worth now) and then will stay a few seasons and move on to a HC job. If you noticed, all of the other teams are hiring people now and you are not hearing nothing about UGA. Don’t let Mark Richt and Damon Evans fool you, they have been looking for one since the Florida game and Bobo and Kirby are great friends (you know this has already been talking about). I think something is already done, because there hasn’t been any reports of UGA talking to people. Some of this would have already gotton out. You will get a report that UGA has asked to speak to Kirby after the NC game and then a few days later it could come out that he is hired.

Bull Pup

December 13th, 2009
10:32 am

Johnny DangerDawg

Are you saying that Richt needs to go? Is he the problem.

I have to have confidence that the Head Coach has the ability to call the game in all aspects, offense, defense, and special teams. I promise you Saban has the ability.

dawgcrzy

December 13th, 2009
10:34 am

Breman Dawg, that friend stuff is what got us where we are

Bremen Dawg

December 13th, 2009
10:34 am

And I don’t think Saban will want to pay him that kind of money, the reason why is because he likes to be the defensive genius. He wants the attention, he doesn’t like any getting the credit but him. Tight and controlling ship he runs.

Bremen Dawg

December 13th, 2009
10:37 am

Your right dawgcrzy, maybe CMR needs to get away from that. Dawg gone, if Alabama and Florida can buy championships by getting the best of all coaches, then we should be able to do that because we have the players. We have the dawg gone money, lets use it and get the best whoever that is.

dawgcrzy

December 13th, 2009
10:38 am

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
10:38 am

Bob,
When one player has a huge number of tackles, that often indicates that the other guys around him aren’t very good. I agree with you there. (Remember when a UGA safety always had about 5 billion tackles a few years ago, when our linebacker corps was weak?) That’s why the NFL scouts watch film to determine a guy’s ability. I think Rennie’s film looks pretty awesome. He gets to the ball quickly, and guys don’t break his tackles. There’s also something to be said for keeping out of trouble while all the players around you are constantly drawing penalty flags.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 13th, 2009
10:50 am

Bull Pup,
Ha! No, I am a Richt supporter! But I also support his decision to let somebody else call the plays. If Saban micromanages every aspect of his team and his coordinators have zero control over anything (which I doubt), congratulations to him because it’s working. However, there’s more than one way to win in college football. When Mark Richt was calling the plays at FSU, Bobby Bowden didn’t have trouble producing Top 5 teams every year. Delegating can produce championships too.

Bremen Dawg

December 13th, 2009
10:52 am

Dawgcrzy

I don’t think you off base on the comment about the Alabama success being more Saban than Kirby but Kirby has been in his system long enough to learn that great D and has because a great D coach. It would be immediate success for the UGA D.

Remember Willie was a good DC after VanG left the next couple of years, he just could not keep up with change and every OC had the UGA D down pat.

Ole Yeller Dawg

December 13th, 2009
10:55 am

exNFLplayer I agree with you! You hit the nail right on the head! The hire was already made before CMR released the other coaches, that’s why 3 were let go instead of just CWM. You are also right about the silence, to avoid a distraction to our new DC’s present team the hire will not be announced until after the NC game! That means it’s either Muschamp or Smart and I would be willing to bet my money on Kirby! He needs to get out from under Saban to be able to receive full credit for his work, right now he has to share credit with Saban, plus he will probably double his salary!

TXDawg

December 13th, 2009
10:56 am

Hey NCAA, I have 3 words for you….Statute of Limitations!

dawgcrzy

December 13th, 2009
11:00 am

i would just give more credit to a successful DC of a more offensive HC. If Kirby Smart is the best DC out there then by all means lets get him.

dawgcrzy

December 13th, 2009
11:07 am

the way i figure it ,it’s a one shot deal for CMR,I hope he makes the right choice

TXDawg

December 13th, 2009
11:12 am

Everybody hatin on The “U” should take a chill pill. Dynasties come and go in CF. How those dynasties get built may not always be common knowledge. BUT, do you think the Notre Dames, Oklahomas, Nebraskas, USCs, etc… are squeaky clean. There’s many of you out there now questioning the antics at Florida, which is the closest to a present day dynasty. When The “U” went on their run to the top, WHITE America didn’t like it (and I suspect that’s who most of the complainers are on this blog), because the team was built with a lot of severely deprived, inner-city kids. To WHITE America, these were little thugs and hoodlums who were flamboyant and talked trash in order to intimidate their opponents. These kids were hungry for something other than poverty and deprivation…..football gave it to them. They took advantage of it, instead of succumbing to the elements of their surroundings at home. The “U” was a fledgling program facing extinction when that run started in ‘83-’84. The snowball built up a lot of momentum but if everyone remembers correctly, lost that momentum around ‘03-’04 when the school was hit with violations resulting in scholarship reductions. All I’m saying is that the Dynasty at Miami had distasteful occurrences just as those that you don’t necessarily read about at the schools of the other ones.

NCAA

December 13th, 2009
11:13 am

TXDawg,

Really? That is your argument?

The NCAA has no statue of limitations when it comes to the rules, not laws, associated with college football.

Big difference.

Thug U needs to pay for their total lack of respect for the game, rules associated with the game, and coaches breaking the rules knowingly and willingly

Amy

December 13th, 2009
11:17 am

As much as I want Curran to stay, I have a feeling he is as good as gone. He made the comment not too long ago that one of the only real negatives on his draft status was his height, and he knows that isn’t gonna change by staying one more year. We will see.

BE#3

December 13th, 2009
11:17 am

I can’t wait to see Kwame Geathers in the trenches next year. He might be our version of Mt. Cody — a true game changing DT!