Green named Georgia’s MVP at banquet (plus: other awards and Team of Decade)

Wide receiver A.J. Green received the “Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year” award at Georgia’s annual football gala Saturday night in Athens.

Many other awards and honors also were handed out:

  • Most Valuable Offensive Player: Quarterback Aaron Murray.
  • Most Valuable Defensive Player: Outside linebacker Justin Houston.
  • Most Valuable Special Teams Players: Placekicker Blair Walsh and punter Drew Butler.
  • Overall permanent captain: Fullback Shaun Chapas.
  • Offensive captain: Lineman Clint Boling.
  • Defensive captain: Linebacker Akeem Dent.
  • Special teams captain: Butler.
  • David Jacobs Award (for player who portrays courage, spirit, character and determination): Chapas.
  • Leon Farmer Award (for dedication to the strength and conditioning program): Chapas and Boling.
  • Most Improved Players: Wide receiver Marlon Brown (offense); linebacker Darryl Gamble and safety Bacarri Rambo (defense); safety Shawn Williams and cornerback Sanders Commings (special teams).
  • Newcomers of the Year: Murray (offense), safety Alec Ogletree (defense) and Blake Sailors (special teams).
  • Coaches’ Leadership Awards: Center Ben Jones (offense); Dent and end Demarcus Dobbs (defense); Chapas (special teams).
  • Outstanding Scout Team Awards: defensive end Jeremy Longo, offensive lineman Hugh Williams, receiver Michael Erdman, tailback Wes Van Dyke and safety Lucas Redd.


Also at the gala, Georgia’s Team of the Decade, covering the 2001-2010 seasons, was announced. The all-decade team was chosen through online voting, with more than 37,000 ballots cast at the website. The team includes:


DE: Charles Grant and David Pollack

DT: Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins

OLB: Rennie Curran and Boss Bailey

ILB: Dannell Ellerbe and Odell Thurman

CB: Tim Jennings and Asher Allen

FS: Thomas Davis

SS: Greg Blue


C: Ben Jones

OG: Fermando Velasco and Max Jean-Gilles

OT: Jon Stinchcomb and Clint Boling

TE: Ben Watson

WR: Mohamed Massaquoi and A.J. Green

FB: Brannan Southerland

TB: Knowshon Moreno

QB: David Greene


P: Drew Butler

PK: Blair Walsh

158 comments Add your comment

Right On Time

December 11th, 2010
9:15 pm

Rambo won an award???????????


December 11th, 2010
9:25 pm

Tim Wansley at CB instead of Asher Allen.

Billy Bennett at K instead of Blair. Close, but Billy made bigger kicks on better teams.

jack bull

December 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

congrats to all who won an award!! i’m sure they had a fun night…

will muschamp to Florida huh? i’m thinking this is the best hire they could do……for us!!!

Frank Lane

December 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

Any commitments from signees tonight?

jack bull

December 11th, 2010
9:32 pm

and of course Cam winning the Heisman..wonder how long before it has to go back!!


December 11th, 2010
9:32 pm

Pretty spot on with team of the decade.

I’m thinking Oliver at corner instead of Allen. wansley a good choice too.

Delbert D.

December 11th, 2010
9:37 pm

“As the Heisman Trophy ceremony began in New York City on Saturday night, the college football world suddenly got whiplash from looking down to Gainesville, Fla.

“That is where Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley had deftly executed one of the most stealth big-time coaching searches in recent memory, as the Gators named the Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as Florida’s new head coach.”

from Pete Thamel, the Times


December 11th, 2010
9:50 pm

Aron Murray should have won MVP…..he was actually there for all of the games.


December 11th, 2010
9:54 pm

To hell with Fla. and Muschamp.I am a GEORGIA BULLDOG ,Muschamp is now a hated Gator. I don’t think he or Kirby Smart will be good head coaches.CMR will get us back on track

bitter ""Larry Munson"

December 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

after hearing that scam newton won the most popular award, it is fitting that the death of reporting is official, not one reporter in this state has went the the chruch in question to interview those that could actual give related info on who payed for the chruch 50 millioon to the SEC for a national champ means more than the truth, uhah, ok i get it, always boils down to money, PS cheaters rule, cool go war eagles, not!!!! please dont watch auburn in the champingship game and dont go to any of there games next year or watch any of there games, its time to black ball auburn football. imm larry munson good day

UGA Alumnus

December 11th, 2010
9:57 pm


December 11th, 2010
9:57 pm

Anyone now if recruits committed or how they feel about Georgia now
AJ Green needs to stay and so does Justin Houston

Joe B.

December 11th, 2010
10:04 pm

Watching the 30 at 30 thing about SMU right now, hope that the SEC realizes the Pandora’s Box that they have opened by allowing Newton to outright cheat and flaunt it. Boosters around the conference will be doing their best to outbid Auburn, now, and you will see a redux of the 1980’s, with programs going on probation left and right. It is a sad time to be a college football fan right now.


December 11th, 2010
10:05 pm

I agree with the Rambo comment. Did he really win an award? Everytime there was a wide open touchdown, Rambo was close by. He was lost. I hope he gets it together over the offseason.

Sanford Drive

December 11th, 2010
10:17 pm


I would have put Murray as MVP.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

December 11th, 2010
10:19 pm

Glad to see Marlon Brown win most improved. Dawgs will need him to step up his game next year.


December 11th, 2010
10:26 pm

Right on time, Rambo won most improved, as everyone knows that’s the award that you give to the kid who is so bad that you feel sorry for him.

honolulu Dawg

December 11th, 2010
10:39 pm



December 11th, 2010
10:53 pm

Aaron Murray threw Mark Richt under the bus today, complaining about Mark Richt firing Dave Van Halanger.

“Coach ‘Van’ is a tremendous coach,” Murray said. “We love him greatly.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray said players were caught off guard by the Dec. 2 firing of Dave Van Halanger.

I don’t think it is right for the Quarterback and leader of your team going to the Press to complain about your head coach’s decisions. By the way, Dave Van Halanger is the most unfavorable coach on the football team, outside of Mike Bobo.

In the weeks leading up to the firing, everyone everywhere said Dave Van Halanger had to be fired, Aaron Murray.

Aaron Murray, 6-6 as Starting Quarterback at Georgia, was out-performed head-to-head by 6 opposing Quarterbacks this season, losing all 6 games as a DIRECT RESULT. Georgia ended the regular season # 73 in the nation in gaining 1st Downs this year.


December 11th, 2010
11:02 pm

Anyone else notice that most of the members of the “Team of the Decade” came from the earlier part of the decade? Has the talent slipped or the coaching slipped?

Sleeper Service

December 11th, 2010
11:09 pm

I was wondering about Oliver too. Also, what about Reggie and Fred? They were pretty good receivers for us. This team seems to be pretty much made of very recent players. Oh well, I’d take this team any day as is.


December 11th, 2010
11:10 pm

I don’t know if it is talent or a will to win which has slipped. Either way, I hope they get a clue and take an in depth look at what has changed since earlier in the decade. IMO, soon after VanGorder left, we started our spiral or so it seems. UGA needs to find that cut throat (not Chris Rainey’s) mentality.


December 11th, 2010
11:12 pm

Seems as if most winning coaches have a streak of “A” hole in them!


December 11th, 2010
11:25 pm

I’ll tell you something that is starting to bug me alot is that everyone complains about the dawgs not having the talent they did before or that the coaches are not getting them to perform, but if you look at whats going on now, we have several juniors, i wont even mention the names that are actually considering going pro…You Mr. Mckay telling the players that the NFL lockout should never be a consideration in their decision, and then you look at another year of development with these players on the college level that not only benefits your program but most likely the players i’m not saying that kids like AJ shouldn’t seriously consider it as we pretty much know where he stands among NFL prospects, but these others leave after their junior years an never do anything, yes some make but a majority do not..Call it selfish or what but its no wonder you can’t develop a program when you continue to have turnover rates that the dawgs have had more so than others lately. I know all teams go thru this, but its to the point that you better recruit some ready to hit the field freshman and hope your young players are ready to compete for Championships..If you have a team with any experience, lets say juniors then if they have any talent then they are probably going to leave…My point is, i understand wanting to succeed and get to the NFL, what kid would not, but i believe alot of these guys get bad info from people, lets call them agents, who will fill their head with these high expectations..Excuse me guys for getting into this subject, but when i read about so many of these athletes that are looking at going pro or even considering it when clearly they are not ready, just irks me…i hope all of them make it and have a successful career, but many of these will get a little up front money and thats it…but maybe for them thats enough, its not for me to say i guess…

uga WILL be back

December 11th, 2010
11:27 pm

do not give up know fans. this thing will get turned around. Richt will prevail!


December 11th, 2010
11:27 pm

Georgia’s Team of the Decade on Defense is a who’s who of who got arrested / suspended.

Vance Duly

December 11th, 2010
11:28 pm

Regarding Murray’s remarks, it’s been reported that Van Halanger was popular with players, which may serve him well in his NEW role with the team. However, according to trainers from other UGA sports, he had become lax with S&C oversight, and some players were taking advantage of that (being late, skipping workouts, etc.). Even the players who wanted to give 100% to their workouts were asking the trainers for other UGA sports for advice, since they weren’t getting sufficient direction from the football team’s S&C staff. Additionally, trainers have stated that Van Halanger had refused to attend conferences and adopt the latest advancements in his field. All of these reports might help to explain why OUR 300-pounders on offense AND defense have been pushed around the past 2-3 years, and why our defense gives out too often in the 4th quarter, if not earlier. So, if multiple reports are true, the change was necessary. We need improved strength, tenacity, endurance and players that refuse to lose (i.e. heart!). ….Go Dawgs!!!

tide roll

December 11th, 2010
11:29 pm

After Meyer announced his retirement last year, Florida convinced him to stay one more year. In doing so they were able to retain their nationally ranked recruiting class and buy time to negotiate a deal with a top flight coach like Muschamp. Florida knew last year that Meyer would be leaving this year. Foley bought time by convincing him to stay one more year. Brilliant!

uga WILL be back

December 11th, 2010
11:29 pm

PS granthem has a very mean streak

uga WILL be back

December 11th, 2010
11:30 pm



December 11th, 2010
11:33 pm


What are they supposed to do ? Stay here on a 6-6 team, who has lost 20 games the last 5 years now ?

Grades have a bearing on players leaving early.

Many of those we question about them leaving, have poor grades and have no choice in the matter.

Why did you leave any of this out ?

If you look at our recruiting classes, the classes are inflated in their rankings with players no longer on the roster.

Or suspended so that their careers here are tainted.

fire Richt!!

December 11th, 2010
11:33 pm

why no one is talking about firing this guy anymore? he totally does not deserve to be there!!

fire Richt!!

December 11th, 2010
11:35 pm

6-6 and no one talking about majore changes with this totally underachieving program


December 11th, 2010
11:42 pm

What the hell kind of award is it if Rambo can win Most Improved Defensive Player award??!!!!! He should have won Worst Defensive Back since Brian Evans award!! He was truly awful. But is goes right along with the downward trend of this program!


December 11th, 2010
11:54 pm

Try reading the comments again.

Fire Mark Richt

isn’t mentioned because we all know he is going to coach next year

2011 after all these players LEAVE THE DAMNED PROGRAM

And, read what we are writing.

We are writing nothing but how FED UP WITH ALL THIS CRAP we ALL are

Just watch how many are suspended for the Boise State game next season.


December 11th, 2010
11:57 pm


I was thinking the same thing.

Also, note that Aaron Murray is the Most Outstanding Offensive Player, but the MVP of the team who sold his teammates down the drain selling a $29 Shreveport t-shirt for $1000, plays OFFENSE only.

We didn’t want to get him hurt returning punts.

How can the MVP of this football team be freaking AJ Green ?

AJ Green is NOT the MVP of this damned football team; Aaron Murray is.


December 12th, 2010
12:01 am

Mohamed Massaquoi winning WR award for the decade is a joke. He dropped two times the passes he caught. Until his last year at UGA he wasn’t that good. He caught a lot of passes but the ones he dropped were critical drops in a lot of games. Also he couldn’t block one of Georgia’s cheerleaders let alone someone playing on an opponents defense. The biggest wimp blocker WR ever at UGA.


December 12th, 2010
12:59 am

Did I mention the fact I’m a homo

Army Dawg

December 12th, 2010
1:03 am

If Rambo was improved this year he must have really been bad last year Lets hope he is improved next year for goodness sake!!!


December 12th, 2010
1:31 am

The names of the guys who won “awards” on defense lets you know why we were 6-6 this year. Justin Houtson is the only guy on this team who would have seen the field under Brian Van Gorder. (No doubt Boykin and Ogletree get some mop up time to develop them)
What an outstanding job of scouting and recruiting Martinez and Jancek did.


December 12th, 2010
1:34 am

Not to take anything away from the All Decade recipients (all well deserving)….but who voted on the team of the decade?
Seems to be missing some key players…Verron Haynes @ FB. I’d put the whole O-Line from the 2002 team in (Stinchcomb, Breedlove, Knight, Jackson & Foster). Those guys were studs.
How could you leave off Terence Edwards…I believe he STILL holds the SEC all-time receiving yards mark.
Gilbert @ ILB, Wansley @ CB…
Did the voters forget about football @ UGA before 2005?


December 12th, 2010
2:17 am

7576DAWG – you need to crawl out from that rock. MM had a slump his soph year for 4-5 games where he could not catch a cold. Other than that, he was the best WR ever at UGA up to AJ. MM caught two huge bombs at Fla & Auburn in his JR year to help beat them back to back for the first time since Dooley & Hershel. He also had a personal thing against Tech. MM caught 29 passes against the nerds in his 4 years/games for 5 TDs and the game winning 2 pt conversion in 2006. He was nothing but clutch against our 3 biggest rivals. Who would you like hime to play well against? You should be thankful he chose to wear the Red & Black and by the way, he is Cleveland’s top WR right now. Don’t think he dropped a bomb in Jax that cost us the game.

Marcus' Mom

December 12th, 2010
3:26 am

Marcus! Use your real name. Boweevil is no kind of name for a boy to go by. And watch that language.

Bulldog Friend

December 12th, 2010
5:18 am

I did not see who was voted most valuable player in the first 4 games that A.J. missed because he was suspended.
Did I miss something? Somebody surely was more valuable than a player who did not play.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

December 12th, 2010
5:57 am

What part about the Murray comment on Van Halenger was throwing Richt under the bus? I believe the (im)poster who said that is just trying to rile things up, as there is absolutely nothing wrong with Murray giving a current coach (still at UGA as an admin. asst.) a compliment. What part of that is wrong again?

UGA owns you tasty bees..

December 12th, 2010
5:59 am

Boweevil is still hurting from that 42 to 34.. Or maybe from 9 out of ten. Or even 25 out of 31. YES TECHIES, in the LAST 31 YEARS, You LOSERS have only tasted victory SIX TIMES. I would be highly resentful also..

get it right

December 12th, 2010
6:34 am

dude if you’re going to trash talk about tech get it right….tech has won 8 times in last 31 .

get it right

December 12th, 2010
6:46 am

Tech won in 84,85,89,90,98.99.2000 and 2008

Best egg nog in College Park

December 12th, 2010
7:18 am

The potential Tight End for UGA who got away.

Big dawg

December 12th, 2010
7:53 am

The only WR with a 1000 yards in UGA history is who? Terrence Edwards and he don’t make this list….. That’s a joke