UGA’s Gilliard, Walsh receive player-of-week honors from SEC

Two Georgia players received honors from the SEC today for their performances in Saturday’s victory at Tennessee.

Inside linebacker Mike Gilliard was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after a huge game in which he had a career-high 12 tackles, as well as a sack (for minus 14 yards), 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

It was the latest in a series of strong performances by Gilliard, who stepped up in the wake of injuries to inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and Christian Robinson. Gilliard, a junior, has led the Bulldogs in tackles for the past four games.

Placekicker Blair Walsh was named the SEC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after making both of his field-goal attempts at Tennessee. His 35- and 23-yard field goals accounted for all of Georgia’s scoring in the first half, which ended in a 6-6 tie.

The game was a bounce-back performance for Walsh, who missed six of 12 field-goal attempts in this season’s first five games after missing just five of 45 over the two previous seasons. He is the SEC’s active career leader with 63 field goals, the eighth most in league history.

In addition to the SEC honor, Gilliard also was named the College Football Performance Awards’ National Linebacker of the Week.

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2012 FEAR THE END

October 10th, 2011
10:57 am

Rusty

October 10th, 2011
10:58 am

JDawg1785

October 10th, 2011
11:07 am

Congrats to a pair of DGDs!

Dap01

October 10th, 2011
11:08 am

Purity: Your trolling and your same boring rants are getting old. Go contribute somewhere else.

UGA is making progress. CMR, please stay involved with the offense.

big john 340 lbs

October 10th, 2011
11:10 am

Gilliard has made the most of his situation. Darn good Dawg!
This defense gives me confidence going into the next 2 ballgames. We just need the O to supply 21 points per game and we will win.

Fred

October 10th, 2011
11:11 am

Purity One, you are wrong in your views! Every college has off the field incidents. Mark Richt is a CLASS ACT and sets a wonderful example for our young men! If Mark Richt is not decent, then who is? What probation have we been on with the NCAA since Mark Richt has been our coach? NONE! ENOUGH SAID!

Purity One

October 10th, 2011
11:12 am

You need to take your post somewhere else. The real cheaters in this state (Georgia Tech) are on major probation for the second time in 5 years. Mark Richt is a class act, and you know it. The truth is Richt is so honest and forthright, while the opposing coaches in the SEC and ACC (your team’s conference) are not, that it hurts our program.

Rusty

October 10th, 2011
11:12 am

Hey Purity One,

Feel free to move to one of our fine bordering states, d-bag.

Felix Millan

October 10th, 2011
11:13 am

we’ll have a nice ILB rotation once Alec gets back.

RoopCas

October 10th, 2011
11:15 am

Purity One, what is the worst sin your self-righteousness or poor leadership with all the infractions.

Fred

October 10th, 2011
11:20 am

Purity One, if Nick Saban is not forthright then who is!? Mark Richt’s integrity attracts young men to our program and that is a big reason why he is such a great recruiter. Football players want to be a part of a team with great leadership!

Choke

October 10th, 2011
11:27 am

ILB went from being a position of liability to a position of strength. Imagine if Gilliard had been playing at this high level when Ogletree went down against Boise. That’s about the point in the game where defense really started having problems b/c we had a walk-on in there and a completely green, true freshman. I’m extremely happy w/ Gilliard. Tree is still probably our best player on defense, but Gilliard is going to be great. What a turn around this off-season was for him! Arguably, he’s better than Robinson: maybe not w/ respect to intangibles, but you can’t argue w/ his production.

I love that we have our athletes in position to make the plays where the plays are supposed to be made. Beyond an effective NT in this defense, ILBs are the most crucial. See Rolando McClain.

WDE

October 10th, 2011
11:28 am

Congrats to both young men !!! Gilliard has really stepped up !

Mad Dog One

October 10th, 2011
11:29 am

Didn’t get to read purity one’s post but ffrom what I am reading I sure as He!! didn’t miss much. That said congrats to two da%n fine DOGS on their awards. Gilliard blayed lights out and Walsh well he looked like the old Walsh. Just would like to say to the players if they might read this blog about 99% no 100% af real UGA fans are behind you’ll. As always GO DOGS & GATA

bucket

October 10th, 2011
11:32 am

Just one time it would be nice to have a blog about the topic and not have trolls invade the page. If you are a UGA fan stay off the Tech blog and vice-versa. This year, unlike previous years, we have seen guys step up when we have had injuries or suspensions and that is refreshing. Gilliard and Herrera have played well in the absence of Robinson and Ogletree. Also, Vasser and Drew picked up the slack for Washington.

Joey

October 10th, 2011
11:34 am

Player of the Week for 23 and 35 yd FGs? Must have been a slow weekend for Special Teams . . .

GROW UP

October 10th, 2011
11:41 am

Act your age. (Or maybe you are?) What’s the big deal being first to post? Geeeeeze.

honest_abe

October 10th, 2011
11:44 am

the question is what happens to gilliard when tree and robinson are 100%? does he go back to the bench? herrera is going to be one helluva player for us too, not that he isnt’ already. kid is always around the ball.

PR

October 10th, 2011
11:47 am

Gilliard has certainly been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season for the Dawgs. I still don’t understand why he wasn’t the first off the bench in the Boise State game when Ogletree went down…

Frank Lane

October 10th, 2011
11:51 am

You are only as good as your last game. Keep it up.

UGAgrad71

October 10th, 2011
12:00 pm

CMR is beginning to develop players. Depth will pay off this year. Injuries, like the weather, cannot be planned. Love watching these young dogs. We are starting to see some energy in the program again.

I-DOG

October 10th, 2011
12:03 pm

PR,

It does seem strange that we went to a walk on instead of Gilliard since the coaches were raving about him in pre-season practice. I think that Gilliard played the OTHER ILB position and then when we had injuries there too, Gilliard started getting a lot of playing time.

Glad he is playing so well and this should give us some good depth next season at ILB

ARdawg

October 10th, 2011
12:19 pm

I expect Gilliard has earned a starting spot. Likely, his to lose

TampaDawg

October 10th, 2011
12:26 pm

Mad Dog, I doubt you or I missed anything with (im)Purity’s post. Probably the same tired non-fact based, going back 30 plus years to find any argument, rants that he puts on here over and over. I bet it’s on the blog prior to this one (I read it last night I think). Proof is in the pudding. 10+ years with CMR at the helm and zero years of probation, zero major incidents, off-field incidents handeled tougher than any other SEC school, strict attempts to comply with the gustapo known as the NCAA.

TampaDawg

October 10th, 2011
12:34 pm

I thought the team played very well Saturday. Defense was stiff and the offense once they got a rhythm was more than efficient (aside from the 2nd and a mile, 3rd and a mile series).

L.A. BULLDAWG

October 10th, 2011
12:46 pm

THE DEPTH THAT WE ARE BUILDING AT LB, IS IMPRESSIVE! WHEN OGLETREE AND ROBINSON COME BACK, WE WILL HAVE THE BEST LB’S IN THE S.E.C.! MIKE GILLIARD IS A BEAST! WE NEED THIS DEPTH AT LB, TOWARDS OUR MARCH TO THE SEC TITLE GAME, AGAINST BAMA!

Rusty

October 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

Big congrats to Mike Gilliard! Always nice to see a guy take advantage of opportunity.

DawginLex

October 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

Anybody still laughing about hiring Grantham now?

Nope

We have Grantham and Olividatti, NFL caliber coaches coaching our defense and we wonder why our defense is light years better than our offense.

Coach Richt needs to take the playcalling back and let Bobo coach the QB’s.

PR

October 10th, 2011
1:08 pm

DawginLex – You hit the nail on the head…

slydog

October 10th, 2011
1:08 pm

Forget Robinson and Ogletree, Gilliard should start from here on out, freshman or not. He is hot and gave the best performance from that position on “the field” and not in practice.The best players should play, not the injured, the the one with the most potential, but the one who performed the best.

OrlDawg

October 10th, 2011
1:15 pm

Yes, the best players should be on the field; but UGA will have the luxury of keeping the players fresh and flying to the ball with so much depth at LB.

Retro

October 10th, 2011
1:24 pm

It’s just hard to forget that seventy-four percent of UGA players are “special admits,” meaning basically that they’re dummies who barely got through high school and will never graduate even with the rock bottom academic standards at UGA. When you see these heroes on the field on Saturdays, keep in mind that most of them read and write at grade school level.

BurytheBone

October 10th, 2011
1:26 pm

@DawginLex, Absolutely not. Both great hires. And getting the kind of recruits that they need to run the D. With one more year I think they will be feared like the D’s in the WEST. Would like to see our O become more creative, however there were passes dropped and overthrown that may have changed how we called the game.

Robinwood

October 10th, 2011
1:27 pm

@DawginLex

Couldn’t agree more about CMR reclaiming play calling.

UGA 92

October 10th, 2011
1:29 pm

Perfectly stated, DawginLex.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

October 10th, 2011
1:31 pm

Just a reminder that we’ll be having our regular pregame tribute to Saint Jan Kemp this Saturday.

GADawg59

October 10th, 2011
1:31 pm

Nice comments DawginLex, Our defense is playing great and should continue to get better. Jarvis Jones is not getting much credit but if you look at any play, he is involved in some way. Bobo still rubs me the wrong way on some of his calls. What we need is our team to step on the gas when we are ahead and not let up on offense. If you are up by 14 don’t be satisfied. Keep trying to score. Richt mentioned this after the game. Maybe he will talk to Bobo. I wish Richt would take back the play calling but we have won 4 straight and everyone is feeling better about our program. It is good time be a DAWG.
Go Dawgs

GADawg59

October 10th, 2011
1:33 pm

Retro, have you looked at the UGA graduation rates? We are 2nd in the conference and last time I checked we are above Tech.

ATLDawg, ya dig?

October 10th, 2011
1:35 pm

Good stuff. Keep chopping that wood dogs. Man in front goes down, next DGD steps up. This is how it works. Depth is a state of mind.

BurytheBone

October 10th, 2011
1:36 pm

I believe Gilliard is another Valdosta product. Which by the way played their A** off Friday night. Hats off to those kids. Just wish we wouldn’t lose so many of them to other programs. Like to see our kids stay in state.

TampaDawg

October 10th, 2011
1:41 pm

Retro, “meaning basically that they’re dummies who barely got through high school and will never graduate even with the rock bottom academic standards at UGA.” .. I am assuming you know perfectly well that UGA ranks in the top 100 of ACADEMIC colleges at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities

So that being said, I guess your credibility is OUT THE WINDOW! You’re a clueless troll that can’t even make a non-refutable factual statement. Did you graduate anything? 6th grade maybe?

TampaDawg

October 10th, 2011
1:45 pm

GADawg59, where are you getting your grad rate stats? I am a Dawg fan for life but best I can find puts us about the middle of the conference in grad rates. But like you said, STILL AHEAD OF THE TECH LOSERS.

WDE

October 10th, 2011
1:45 pm

@IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT that will take place right after your induction in the Moron Hall of Fame ..kudo’s we all know how hard you worked to make it!

BG

October 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

Congrats guys! GO DAWGS!!

Uga Fan Foreva!

October 10th, 2011
2:01 pm

Lets keep going, GGGOOOOOO DDDDAAAWWWWGGGGSSS!!!!

Skitty Fritty

October 10th, 2011
2:05 pm

Next on the List? Vandy
Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

October 10th, 2011
2:13 pm

Bobo is a DGD and he will always be. I am not in favor of firing him. He is a great recruiter and a great coach of the QB’s. His playcalling just needs work. I really think it comes down to a feel for the game and knowing what to do in certain situations.

Richt has that. He is the head coach.

He could take his team back 100% by calling plays.

He could also handle moving and retaining Bobo with class and allow Bobo to remain in staff in a dignified way.

My Dad can whoop your dad

October 10th, 2011
2:15 pm

We all know what Retro meant, but his facts are wrong.

WDE

October 10th, 2011
2:16 pm

@DawginLex I agree with you about Bobo…however let CMR or anyone he hired to be OC lose a game and “they” will be ready to fire them too. And your correct Bobo is a DGD !

TampaDawg

October 10th, 2011
2:17 pm

Agreed Lex, (by the way, was in Kentucky this weekend. Drove through UT on Friday with a Dawgs shirt on and drove back Sunday with another Dawgs shirt on .. PROUDLY!)

I think Bobo has served this team well, just not usually in the OC role.