Dogs’ Orson Charles, Kwame Geathers earn spring MVP awards (updated)

On Thursday, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Rodney Garner lauded Kwame Geathers for his strong performance this spring. On Friday, the Georgia coaches reiterated that assessment by designating the sophomore lineman as the defensive MVP for spring practice.

Big Kwame Geathers (99), here getting in on a tackle against Vanderbilt last year, earned notice during Georgia's spring practice. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Big Kwame Geathers (99), here getting in on a tackle against Vanderbilt last year, earned notice during Georgia's spring practice. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

After the final practice of the spring Thursday Garner said Geathers,  6-foot-6, 341-pounder from Georgetown, S.C., has shown “a lot of improvement. He’s using his hands much better than he did last year and playing stouter.” Grantham revealed the staff is considering ways to play both Geathers and 355-pound junior college transfer John Jenkins this fall.

Geathers was one of three UGA players to come away with MVP awards because of their spring performances. Tight end Orson Charles and quarterback Aaron Murray — fellow Tampa-Plant grads — shared offensive MVP honors.

The most storied of Georgia’s annual spring awards is the Coffee County hustle awards. Those went to freshman offensive tackle Kolton Houston of Buford and linebacker Christian Robinson of Norcross.

Georgia fans will be able to see all these players in action Saturdy during the annual G-Day spring football game at Sanford Stadium. Admission is free and kickoff is at 1 p.m.

The other awards were:

OFFENSE

  • True Grit Award: C Ben Jones, Centreville, Ala.
  • Most Improved: FB Alexander “Zander” Ogletree, Newnan; QB Hutson Mason, Marietta
  • Outstanding Walk-On: TB Brandon Harton, Reidsville; WR Taylor Bradberry, Winder

DEFENSE

  • True Grit Award: CB Brandon Boykin, Fayetteville; FS Shawn Williams, Damascus
  • Most Improved: CB Jordan Love, CB, Glen Allen, Va.; CB Branden Smith, CB, Atlanta
  • Outstanding Walk-On: CB Connor Norman, Duluth

Speaking of G-Day

Former Georgia football letter-winners will be first on the field Saturday before the G-Day. Approximately 74 former players, team managers, coaches and trainers — spanning five decades of matriculation at UGA — will divide into two teams and participate in the annual Letterman Flag Football Game. Among the ex-Dogs expected to participate are Mikey Henderson and Thomas Flowers for the Red Team and Amp Arnold, Jevaris Johnson, Burt Jones and Fred Gibson for the Black Team.

Admission to G-Day is free. Fans are encouraged to bring items for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and/or make monetary donations to the Johnathan Taylor Fund. The gates at Sanford Stadium will open at 11 a.m.

By Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

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2012 FEAR THE END

April 15th, 2011
2:38 pm

Billo

April 15th, 2011
2:41 pm

Billo

April 15th, 2011
2:41 pm

truedawg

April 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

Go Dawgs!! lets see how they do Saturday

matt

April 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

Too bad they won’t throw to him more than twice a game.

Burma Shave

April 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

Don’t be
So touchy-feely.
It’s time to
Get rid of Ealey.

BURMA SHAVE

truedawg

April 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Still hard to see if our defense is better or is our running games still that bad, but have to love seeing what we have about Geathers. Just hope with all this depth at tight end, BoBo looks back at some film and sees the bubble we used to throw alot with Bailey, and Ward. I hope we use that talent more this year.
Wonder with the lack of depth at FB if thye have thought of moving Lynch to that Postion? He’s a pretty big kid.

2012 FEAR THE END

April 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

April 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

It’s encouraging to see ZANDER (?) Ogletree and Hudson Mason are most improved on offense, and Jordan Love and Branden Smith, have both come on strong on defense at CB.

RockyMountainDawg

April 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

Not quick enough on the draw.

2012 FEAR THE END

April 15th, 2011
2:56 pm

Creative… thanks for the info

JB

April 15th, 2011
3:03 pm

If our D can get after the Boise Qb like the 2007 team did to Hawaii, We win that game big and move in the polls…….Let that guy sit back and survey the field, we lose by 2-3 TD’s.

FBR

April 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

Where is Big Time—-NOT!!! ?

tide roll

April 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

I can’t believe Dallas Lee didn’t land the true grit award. You can’t keep losing in state studs like James Carpenter, Chance Warmack annd now Cedar Grove’s Brandon Green and hope to remain competitive. Bobo and his South Georgia ways are killing you.

Timmy

April 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

Mason throws for 5 td’s in Spring games (60% MORE than the WUNDERKID) , Murray for 3, Richt names Murray Spring MVP???

Geez, talk about whacky…

Bubba J. Dawgman

April 15th, 2011
3:07 pm

Get Brandon Smith a position already and let him stick with it. Glad to see he’s most improved, maybe because they’re letting him practice with cb’s all the time and he can actually learn something. I’m also hoping they get Orson Charles the ball a little bit more this year, that kid is a beast.

truedawg

April 15th, 2011
3:10 pm

Agree Bubba, Smith needs to stick with the D side. We have all this talent at TightEnd, We need to use them more.

dawgfacedboy

April 15th, 2011
3:10 pm

Can’t remember if it was Buck or Pollack earlier in the week talking about the gameplan for the dawgs this year. With the expected lack of weapons in the passing game they are expected to run, run, run the ball this fall. Don’t know abou the rest of you but unless this Crowell kid comes in and immediately looks like Knowshon that doesn’t make feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

DawginLex

April 15th, 2011
3:12 pm

Timmy the TROLL

Get some new material.

Your act has been cancelled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Revis

April 15th, 2011
3:12 pm

Timmy-

Mason could have thrown for 500 td’s, and Richt would have named Murray MVP.

You don’t get it yet.

DawginLex

April 15th, 2011
3:13 pm

tide roll,

so in your illustrious opinion, the following teams have better offensive lines than UGA solely based on being “big black road graders”???

Grambling
Winston Salem State
Jackson State
Howard
Fort Valley State
Albany State

????????????????????????????

DawginLex

April 15th, 2011
3:15 pm

Give it up Revis/Timmy

Get some new material or leave.

Act is old.

truedawg

April 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

If our O line isn’t better We aren’t running the ball on anyone. I don’t care who we have in the backfield

JB

April 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

With AJ gone, a couple of these receivers will shine and emerge. O. Charles will catch 40 passes from the TE spot this year. Some of this young talent will see the field this year. No time to grow a crop for this staff.

Burma Shave

April 15th, 2011
3:24 pm

Sometimes you run
Out of luck.
It’s too bad
The bulldogs suck.

BURMA SHAVE

JAWJeRDAWG

April 15th, 2011
3:28 pm

@ tide roll

‘Bobo and his South Georgia ways are killing you.’

Have never responded to your usual tirade. However, you obviously didn’t follow our 2011 recruiting very closely. CMB did pretty well in South Georgia recruiting (Wilcox Co., Valdosta, Camilla, and Thomasville) if I remember correctly. … Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

April 15th, 2011
3:29 pm

Blogger named of
Burma shave.
Should thrill us all
and dig his grave.

BURMA SHAVE

footballfan-365

April 15th, 2011
3:31 pm

Man tide roll will not quit. I really think he has some weird obsession with 18 &19 yr old fat guys. Samething everytime he post a comment man what reaction are you looking to get from us

DawginLex

April 15th, 2011
3:32 pm

Blogger named for
shaving cream.
Actually dumber
than he seems.

BURMA SHAVE

dawg from a distance

April 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

Love and Smith were the only 2 corners who made the spring aren’t they? That simple fact made them most improved. Just being on the field.

Buckeye

April 15th, 2011
4:12 pm

Spring Practice MVP awards? You’ve got to be kidding. I hope the plaques are engraved correctly.

Suprised Win With doesn’t give everyone a trophy.

AltamahaDawg

April 15th, 2011
4:16 pm

Kwame is very fun to pronounce.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

tide roll = OL rainman

#1's get a job

April 15th, 2011
4:33 pm

Everyone who jumps on the AJC and puts up 1, 1st and anything else that resembles that you are first place…take note – you are a loser!

Scott

April 15th, 2011
4:35 pm

Shhh.

Heard from the trophy engraver Murray’s award was engraved in Jan. Richt just waited 3 months to give it to him.

Tech is Rennie's B!TC#

April 15th, 2011
4:37 pm

We need to give give give give the ball to Orson, great hands, great athleticism, great strength. From what I’ve heard he’s a freak now. Second coming of Ben Watson???

gdawginkalamazoo

April 15th, 2011
4:38 pm

Buckeye, yes Richt prefers giving out the plaques for being MIP (Most Improved Player) or MVP Most Valuable Players.

Not like Tressel passing out the gift cards to the tattoo palors. Tressel gives out MIT awards (Most Improved Tatoo) and MVT (Most Valuable Tatt).

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 15th, 2011
4:50 pm

Kwame and Jenkins are the most important players on the D this year.If Jenkin is good as advertized then we could have an outstanding D.The OL is THE key to the O this year….not Crowell.Charles.any wr or even Murrray.How well they come together will dictate how much success we have on O.

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 15th, 2011
4:55 pm

Also I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Samuel and Burrrows at Lb.

Buckeye

April 15th, 2011
5:00 pm

Kalmazoo,

Perhap Tress could share his scoring/evaluation method with Win With before Isaiah (The Annointed One II), to hit his first blocking sled. Looking forward to Isaiah’s (The Annointed One II ) tatts debut.

extrapoint

April 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

Enter your comments here

big john 360 lbs

April 15th, 2011
5:06 pm

put branden smith on offense! does anybody remember the toss sweep against sc 2 yrs ago? we don’t have anybody on offense that can do that.

extrapoint

April 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

With Green having left for the pro’s, Bobo will have to change his ways. I still shudder at his play calling on our first pass against Florida when Green ran to the defender, stop, without driving him back and the pass to him was intercepted. Murray was toast for the first half. It’s time the receivers we recruited become receivers instead of standing on the field watching Murray thrown the ball to Green. Even Durham became a lamp post when Green returned. If I was a Georgia receiver this year, I would thank my lucky star that Green left before my career was over at Georgia and I realized I caught only ten passes while playing for four years.

LakeDawg

April 15th, 2011
5:29 pm

dawgfacedboy

April 15th, 2011
3:10 pm
Can’t remember if it was Buck or Pollack earlier in the week talking about the gameplan for the dawgs this year. With the expected lack of weapons in the passing game they are expected to run, run, run the ball this fall. Don’t know abou the rest of you but unless this Crowell kid comes in and immediately looks like Knowshon that doesn’t make feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

It makes me feel great! The only way to win in the SEC is to run the ball. Opens up the passing game as well. Don’t need a great back, just a great O-Line.

Dawg Gone

April 15th, 2011
5:30 pm

Buckeye,Buckeye….your team is so TATed up all the sweater vest in the free world can’t hide them…OSU was tolerable when they were honorable…now not so much. Your next engraving job will be on the Fulmer Cup.

Paddy

April 15th, 2011
5:32 pm

tide roll……..you need new material. You are so predictable.

jack bull

April 15th, 2011
5:38 pm

I didn’t get much info from my nephew this spring, as he wanted to focus on practice (he very well may get some quality PT this fall), but, he did give me a few tidbits. He says M Bennett is a player, sure handed. He said again this year, like last, that Zander will flat out knock the s— out of ya(he actually thinks he could be like a R Curran type LB, if he played on that side of the ball). He also said again this year, that H Mason is a very good QB(he wouldn’t be shocked if he were wearing orange and purple up the road in a year or two if he don’t get on the field here). And like we read in the article, he says Jenkins is going to have to come here and battle Geathers for that nose spot. Kwame stepped up big time. and lastly, he thinks Alec will be an All-American at LB before its all said and done. there ya have it….See ya tomorrow..

Dawg Gone

April 15th, 2011
5:41 pm

jack Bull thanks for the info!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 15th, 2011
5:41 pm

Been waiting for Jordan Love to make some noise. In his limited PT last year he showed tremendous athleticism. Much more so than Vance Cuff. Maybe it was a between-the-ears thing with him. We need another CB to step up to make it easier on our safeties, who still scare me to death.

Ghost of Erk

April 15th, 2011
5:44 pm

My Spring Awards go to DawginLex and gdawginkalamazoo for “Best Retorts to Idiots” today. (Maybe even two awards for getting rid of Burma Shave and Cheaty McSweatervest.) You’re both in fine Fall form.