Awards groups keep watch over UGA players
For weeks, college football’s various awards organizations have been coming out with their preseason “watch lists” –- compilations of candidates, usually in the dozens, for postseason honors.
Here’s a roundup of UGA players who have been named to the watch lists:
- Wide receiver A.J. Green for the Walter Camp Award, which recognizes the “player of the year”; the Maxwell Award, which recognizes the “most outstanding player”; and, of course, the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the top receiver.
- Tailback Washaun Ealey for the Maxwell Award.
- Outside linebacker Justin Houston for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, both of which recognize a defensive player of the year, and the Butkus Award, which goes to the best linebacker.
- Offensive tackle Clint Boling for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the best interior lineman.
- Ben Jones for the Outland Trophy and the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the best center.
- Aron White for the John Mackey Award, which recognizes the top tight end.
- Cornerback/kick returner Brandon Boykin for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back, and the new Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes the most versatile player.
- And, of course, Drew Butler for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the best punter. Butler won the Guy award last year and, if he repeats, would be the first player to win it in two consecutive seasons.
One curiosity: White is on the watch list for the Mackey Award, but he’s No. 2 on Georgia’s most recent depth chart at tight end behind Orson Charles, who’s not on the Mackey list.
Believe it or not, there are several more awards that haven’t gotten around to announcing their preseason watch lists. The list for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the top placekicker, will be announced Friday, with Georgia’s Blair Walsh certain to be on it.
Other UGA news and notes:
Two players who briefly left team are happy to be back.
Walk-on player gets scholarship.