UGA’s Ben Jones racks up at Bulldogs’ Senior Gala awards banquet

In case you didn’t catch it ( I didn’t as I was on a farm in Blythewood, S.C.), senior Ben Jones was the big winner at the Bulldogs’ annual Senior Gala awards banquet this past Saturday night at the Classic Center in Athens. He took MVP honors and also was named permanent team captain. Interesting to note that Isaiah Crowell, The Associated Press SEC Freshman of the Year, did not receive any awards, but his cousin, Quintavius Harrow, did. Here’s what individual awards were handed out (the Governor’s Trophy for beating Georgia Tech was also presented):

  • Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year Award: C Ben Jones, Sr.
  • Most Valuable Offensive Player: QB Aaron Murray, So.
  • Most Valuable Defensive Player: LB Jarvis Jones, So.
  • Most Valuable Special Teams Player(s): P Drew Butler, Sr.; LB Kosta Vavlas, RFr.
  • David Jacobs Award (for courage, spirit, character and determination): G Chris Burnette, RFr.; LB Alec Ogletree, So.
  • Permanent Team Captain: C Ben Jones, Sr.
  • Offensive Captains: TE Orson Charles, Jr.; OT Cordy Glenn, Sr.
  • Defensive Captains: CB Brandon Boykin, Sr.; LB Jarvis Jones, So.
  • Leon Farmer Award (for strength and conditioning): Boykin and Jones.
  • Outstanding Scout Team Award(s): QB Greg Bingham, RFr.; LB Corey Campbell, RFr.; CB Eric Elliott, Sr.; CB Luis Capella, So.
  • Most Improved Awards: OT Justin “Bean” Anderson, Sr.;  DE Abry Jones, Sr. ; LB Mike Gilliard of Valdosta, Jr.; S Connor Norman, RFr.
  • Newcomer of the Year Award(s): WR Michael Bennett, RFr.; WR Chris Conley, Fr.; WR  Malcolm Mitchell, Fr.; LB Amarlo Herrera, Fr.; NG John Jenkins, Jr.;  DB Quintavius Harrow, Fr.
  • Coaches Leadership Award(s): Offense — Charles, Murray, Jones; defense– DE DeAngelo Tyson, Sr., and Boykin (defense); special teams — Butler

285 comments Add your comment

Gdawg

December 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

Gdawg

December 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

yep, finally!

McDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

truedawg

December 12th, 2011
4:05 pm

Joey

December 12th, 2011
4:05 pm

Bean Anderson must have been really bad before, cause he was pretty bad this season.

Frank Lane

December 12th, 2011
4:06 pm

Glad to see Connor Norman recognized.

Oakdale Dawg

December 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

Thanks for the update Chip. Was there any positive recruiting news from the weekend?

kydawg

December 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

Any news concerning the recruits that were in for the weekend?

Worm

December 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

Blake Sailors should have been on the list.

Destin Dawg

December 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

good year 2011 SEC East champs.. Great promise for next year… Go Dawgs beat Michigan State !!!

truedawg

December 12th, 2011
4:11 pm

Seems to me the “powers that be” sent a message to Mr. Crowell..freshman of the year is snubbed. I still think as fans we have set the bar too high for this young man. He needs to grow up in many wyas, but has more potential than King or Ealy did. Lets hold judgement and let the players and coaches set him straight. Also new “dump trucks” are coming to tote the rock, so let the best man win. But in any case, more the better in the RB group. Imagine if we’d had Samuel healthy, and Ealy would have been “on the bus” we’d have had a better season I think.
BY THE WAY>> Any word on Richard’s health for the bowl game???
GO DAWGS!!!

Dawg_Mike

December 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

Agree with Worm. Sailors was in on every tackle and downing the punts inside the 20.

Taco Meat

December 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

No awards for Crowell… imagine that…

DawginLex

December 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

richard Samuel is expected to be back for the bowl game. I look forward to him and an improved Ken Malcome to tote the rock next year with Crowell and Marshall.

I think Malcome has got the right size to do more damage between the tackles. Samuel is just a winner in my book all the way around.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 12th, 2011
4:22 pm

I agree Blake Sailor should have been on the list.

And he should have had some playing time other than on kickoffs. That guy has been the best kick coverage tackler Ive ever seen at UGA.

I guess he hasnt figured out the playbook yet…….

TossSweep

December 12th, 2011
4:23 pm

Woah, Crowell didn’t even get Newcomer of the Year Award? Let the speculations begin.

Taco Meat

December 12th, 2011
4:23 pm

Hopefully IC will continue to work hard and mature and be even better next season.

BobDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:25 pm

Well spoken, DawginLex…. Chip, ditto on kydawg comments… any “recruitin news” out of this weekend with all the studs there in Athens???

DawginLex

December 12th, 2011
4:26 pm

taco

We sure need him and he needs UGA for his degree and to stay on the right path.

RiffRaff

December 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

Chip, any news on if Orson Charles will or will not return next year?

DawginLex

December 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

bob

The kid committed to FSU is expected to flip. There are 2 OL that are leaning toward UGA now too and 1 of them I believe is committed elsewhere.

Probably won’t know anything until 2012

Hunting Dawg

December 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

Another regular season in the books. I sure hate to see Ben Jones go. What a great Dawg! All in all, a good season considering all of the question marks going in. The team really work hard to improve week in and week out. IC has got to grow up and realize that he can be a great Bulldog team member if he gets his head screwed on straight and lives a humble life. I hope that the recruiting picks up in the near future and we see some switches (Eligwe, or however you spell it, and Lee)as well as some more OL like Young. Go Dawgs!!!!

DawginLex

December 12th, 2011
4:30 pm

Agree about ben jones. i hope David andrews is a quick study because the job is his for the next 3 years

BobDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:32 pm

…thanks… any news about a Stud TE prospect in the SWest area we are after???

I hate to see Ben Jones go also…Centers are the mainstays of the OLine…

SSIgator

December 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

Isabel did not win anything? Imagine that. Well, until they start giving awards for smoking stash, being suspended, disrespecting your coaches and fellow players, etc. I guess he won’t win anything.

ca dawg

December 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

@flat tire: assuming sailors hasn’t figured out the play book, are you sure that you want to give him more playing time? or are you just rehearsing your negative-at-all-costs screed again?

HBTD

December 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

Blake Sailors!!!!????

BobDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

Did ya’ll see the Grayson game on Saturday?? Nkemdiche is the real deal… Gonna be the #1 pick in the country next year… Plays both ways – DL and Running back and 6′6″ 270lbs and not an ounce of fat on him…

ca dawg

December 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

@SSI: if he competed for those awards at UF, he wouldn’t even be in the running.

John

December 12th, 2011
4:37 pm

Mr. Crowell …Let these events be your motivation to not only be a better football player but a better student and a better man Let the wisdom of those that cane before you be your guide. Don’t end up like Washun or Caleb. They were given a prime opportunity to be better players ,students and MEN at UGA. they wasted it. don’t do the same..

Nubian Eyes are watching you

ub

December 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

Ben Jones is a great DAWG would have liked to have seen Arron White get something if only for comments before fla game. GO DAWGS end year with bowl game win.

biggerthanbigdawg

December 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

Sad to see that Blair Walsh was omitted from the senior awards list. He went from the penthouse as a Soph to the Sheethouse as a Senior.

Joey

December 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

O for October. 6-6. And Counting . . .

Haha!

DawginLex

December 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

with all the weed smoked and free trim dished out in the gator football dorm, IC and Carlton would not even make honorable mention for party boys of the year at the gator awards banquet

McDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

if the Bama commit flips that would be huge for our OL

BobDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

@SSI… who is your new OC and S & C coaches?? any news on them yet???

SSIgator

December 12th, 2011
4:44 pm

Joey -

Come on, I know you can do better than that. I know you have it in you.

BobDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:44 pm

I think we will close strong on the lineman… We need ‘em bad.. Maybe Roll Tider can give us a comprehensive list as he has a ManCrush on UGA….

SSIgator

December 12th, 2011
4:45 pm

BobDawg -

Beats me. Feel free to keep up at GatorZone.com

Joey

December 12th, 2011
4:45 pm

Crowell is gonna be okay. Nobody plays with a high ankle sprain. I thought when healthy, he ran hard, especially vs AU.

He only started in August and probably only knew half of Bobo’s humongous, magnificient playbook.

Glad Marshall is gonna get a spring under his belt. He’ll be ready to go in Sept.

JDawg1785

December 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

Congrats to these DGDs!

Joey

December 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

SSI, when you lose your repetitive “Crowell smoked pot,” drivel, I’ll lose mine . . .

BobDawg

December 12th, 2011
4:49 pm

SSI… that’s ok.. you can give us updates… besides… I think you owe me some Makers from the Jax game… I’m running low for the bowl game coming up….

SSIgator

December 12th, 2011
4:49 pm

Joey -

Are we sure it was pot he was smoking?

Joey

December 12th, 2011
4:53 pm

SSI, a serious question about the Gators. Did UF fans you know expect the 6-6? I figured it would be about the same as ‘10.

8 or 9 wins.

My fishing buddy is a Gator and he can’t believethey were this bad, mainly because of those recruiting classes.

SSIgator

December 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

Isabel should have at least won the “Best Dreds of the Year” award.

SSIgator

December 12th, 2011
4:59 pm

Joey -

I never enter any season of watching college football with any expectations. Obviously it was going to be a down year switching over to a new offensive scheme without the key players to run it. Losing Brantley hurt, so 6-6 was not a big surprise. As UGA fans like to say “Wait until next year”

jarvis

December 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

hipdawg

December 12th, 2011
5:08 pm

It is hard to get too excited about next year until get some big linemen.I heard we have a great shot at a juco OL among others.

Mark (another one)

December 12th, 2011
5:09 pm

I hate to see Ben Jones go. DGD. Showed up every day and gave it his all. He turned into a leader and did his best, reportedly every day. Never got in trouble off the field, and rarely committed errors on it. I often thought the two line leaders for the last two years were Jones and Tyson, and I hope all the seniors do well post UGA.

Its hard to earn an award when you get suspended. I believe IC will be fine and there’s next year’s awards. College is an adjustment and sometimes you need to get some tough lessons. IC has said the right things publically and UGA is a great environment in which to grow. I thought the freshman WRs did a great job.