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.