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 georgiadogs.com 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