Georgia’s Brandon Boykin wins Paul Hornung Award

Brandon Boykin records one of his three scores against Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, this one a 13-yard TD reception. (AP photo)

Brandon Boykin records one of his three scores against Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, this one a 13-yard TD reception. (AP photo)

ATHENS – The two-year-old Paul Hornung Award was designed to go to the most versatile college football player in the nation. Hard to argue against Georgia’s Brandon Boykin when you start talking about versatility.

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The Bulldogs’ senior cornerback was named the recipient of that award Monday morning. He topped Arkansas’ Joe Adams, Oregon’s LaMichael James and Toledo’s Eric Page to earn the honor.

“Winning the Paul Hornung Award is an amazing accomplishment and one that I will forever cherish as one of my greatest accomplishments,” Boykin said in a statement released through UGA. “I am humbled by the fact that I was selected as the winner by Mr. Hornung andeveryone else involved with the selection process. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and the entire Georgia program for helping me to achieve this incredible achievement.”

Boykin’s performance this past season left little to chance.  The Fayetteville resident finished the 2011 season with these stats:

  • Defense — 55 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 safety.
  • Special teams — 850 kickoff return yards, 180 punt return yards, 1 touchdown
  • Offense — 103 yards rushing, 80-yard TD run, 5 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

For his career, the 5-10, 183-pound Bulldog is Georgia’s all-time leader in kickoff return yardage with 2,663, which ranks second on the SEC’s all-time list. Boykin is also the only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays of any kind. He completes his UGA career with 159 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine interceptions, four kickoff returns for touchdowns and one punt return for a touchdown.

“It’s rare for a modern-day college football player to perform at a high level in all three phases of the game, especially in an elite conference,” Paul Hornung said in a release. “From what I’ve seen of Brandon Boykin, he is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win games. That’s how I played the game. Brandon Boykin is a deserving winner of thePaul Hornung Award.”

Boykin saved his best for last. Boykin was named Most Valuable Player in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 2 despite the fact his team lost to Michigan State 33-30 in overtime. Again, Boykin left little to chance.

On the Spartans’ first offensive play, Boykin recorded a safety by knocking Keshawn Martin into the end zone after he received a pass on a quick hitch route. Boykin extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 16-0 late in the first half on a bowl record-breaking 92-yard punt return for a touchdown. Boykin then helped Georgia recapture the lead in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Aaron Murray.

In addition, Boykin finished with four kickoff returns for 70 yards, giving him a school record 2,663 yards on 110 returns (24.21 yards/return). The Bulldogs starting cornerback was also fourth on the team with seven tackles, including two for loss, and had two carries for eight yards against the Spartans.

“There are not many players who have the skill sets Brandon possesses and he’s certainly the model of what the Hornung Award represents,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I wish I had three of him. He could start on offense, defense and special teams. He’s an outstanding person as well, a great leader, and a great Georgia man. We have been blessed to have him as a Georgia Bulldog.”

Boykin will now join three of his teammates at the 2012 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 28 as he prepares for the NFL Draft.

“My experience at Georgia has changed my life in so many positive ways and allowed me to be considered for such a prestigious honor,” Boykin said. “Being a Georgia Bulldog has helped groom me into the individual I am on and off the field.”

Here’s a pretty good tribute video somebody made of Boykin’s great plays. Underscores how much the Bulldogs are going to miss him. Warning: May want to turn down sound due to some strong language in accompanying music. . . .

132 comments Add your comment

GeoffDawg

January 9th, 2012
9:44 am

Hearty congratulations on this well deserved honor!

Jacket99

January 9th, 2012
9:46 am

Congratulations, Brandon Boykin. Richt should have put you in to kick that field goal. Paul Hornung could kick the ball. Good luck in the NFL.

Jeremy in NC

January 9th, 2012
9:50 am

Damn good Dawg Boykin, you’ll be missed buddy, big time!

BigDawg

January 9th, 2012
9:51 am

DGD! Others need to pick up his dedication!!

senor dawg

January 9th, 2012
9:51 am

Congrats Boykin, gonna miss having you. We could always count on you to make the play we needed. Good luck in the NFL. DGD

Beast from the East

January 9th, 2012
9:55 am

Congrats! Great season for Mr. Boykin.

invictus mon

January 9th, 2012
9:57 am

First!!!!!!!!!To type 1st…but I defer to you Mr. Boykin. Well done good sir! And CONGRATULATIONS to a DGD! You deserve it!

JB

January 9th, 2012
10:00 am

With the talent in this state, the roster ought to be full of athletes like Boykin. Congrats to him. In other news, what the hell is up with Alabama? THE Rivals site, they have 26 commits and 8-10 offers out. This is just crap and needs to be stopped. They show the Dawgs with 16 commits and I don’t don’t see many offers out there to fill out this class of 25.This was as of last night. Any help here.

NYCDAWGFAN

January 9th, 2012
10:01 am

Damn Good Dawg!!! Congrats Brandon!!

Red and Black til Death

LakeHarding Dawg

January 9th, 2012
10:02 am

Congrats to a DGD. Good luck in the NFL.

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NCDawg

January 9th, 2012
10:05 am

We’ll miss you BB. Really enjoyed watching you play the past few years and you always represented UGA with class. Wish you the best at the next level and any other pursuits you choose to take on.

DeepDiver

January 9th, 2012
10:09 am

Way to go young man! Best of luck carrying your success into the NFL as many UGA alums have done before you.

evil empire

January 9th, 2012
10:10 am

bb couldn’t hold the honey badger’s jock…just sayin’…lsu recruits and coaches up kids so that there is no reason for a db to have to make up for poor offensive personnel…good for bb…cmr and staff should be embarrassed…but won’t be…

Taco Meat

January 9th, 2012
10:11 am

Well deserved honor for Boykin. He’ll definitely be missed as a Bulldog. Best of luck in the NFL!

True Dawg Fan

January 9th, 2012
10:12 am

invictus mon

January 9th, 2012
9:57 am
First!!!!!!!!!To type 1st…but I defer to you Mr. Boykin. Well done good sir! And CONGRATULATIONS to a DGD! You deserve it!

And thats why ur an idiot

dawgdip

January 9th, 2012
10:13 am

Congratulations Brandon. You are a super player and fine young man. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put in while playing for the Dawgs. I wish you well in the NFL or whatever God has in store for you. Keep God close, talk to him every day and he will lead you through everything that comes your way.

For the tech trolls.....

January 9th, 2012
10:16 am

Phil Simms on Demarius Thomas’ catch and run in the Broncos overtime win last night-
“He is a speedster from Central Florida ”
Doh

1eyedJack

January 9th, 2012
10:17 am

Congratulations to Brandon Boykin. Who will be that guy next year?

Dawg_Mike

January 9th, 2012
10:17 am

Congrats BB – You are the MAN

Tobias Funke

January 9th, 2012
10:18 am

Damn Good Dawg. Good luck in the future Brandon!

flo-ri-duh

January 9th, 2012
10:19 am

Boykin is an excellent ambassador for UGA. He came back for his senior year when he could have turned pro and improved his draft status. He did well in school and NEVER got in trouble with the law. Thanks for staying in state to go to school. Thanks for your sacrifice and hard work. Thanks for being a DGD.

UGA Fan

January 9th, 2012
10:21 am

Congrats Boykin for this awards, you are being awarded because of your character and leadership. It was nice watching you on saturday playing for UGA. I Wish you success as you move to NFL. Be blessed

DawginLex

January 9th, 2012
10:21 am

Congrats to Brandon

Kerryb

January 9th, 2012
10:24 am

A good and dedicated player won a good award and it didn’t take an LSU swamp rat long to make a negative comment about him. You know, I was pulling for LSU to win this game but I’m about to start rethinking that. I always thought LSU fans were usually pretty classy but this one has none.

Old Dawg

January 9th, 2012
10:25 am

Brandon Boykin, Damn Good Dawg! Thanks for all your contributions at UGA and best of luck in the NFL!!!!!!

txdawg

January 9th, 2012
10:29 am

EVIL EMPIRE – You once again show your STUPIDITY. This article is to celebrate a DGD and has no room for morons like yourself commenting on on something you obviously know nothing about. If LSU’s players was a truly better all around player he would have won the award, wouldn’t he? UGA is smart enough to know that when you have an incredibly gifted athlete, you should get him on the field as often as possible.

John

January 9th, 2012
10:30 am

DGD for sure. makes us all proud to be a bulldog

dawggirl

January 9th, 2012
10:39 am

No more deserving player out there than him. Brandon Boykin has always been one of my favorites, because of his dedication and loyalty. CMR said it best. I am just so proud of him, and I’m so happy that UGA was honored to have him playing for us. I wish we had 100 BB’s, because he is truly a special player and an even more special individual. Classy all the way around.

Thanks, Brandon! Best of luck to you in the NFL.

dawggirl

January 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Actually, didn’t he want to go into broadcasting? Or am I thinking of someone else?

Evansdawg

January 9th, 2012
10:41 am

Woof! Boykin will be missed. He is among the UGA greats and has provided MANY memories of great dawg moments! Damn Good Dawg! Now, GATA in the NFL!

Dawginit.

January 9th, 2012
10:46 am

An award that was well deserved. Congrats.

Frank Lane

January 9th, 2012
10:47 am

Great award well deserved Brandon. Have a great career.

chilidawg

January 9th, 2012
10:53 am

rogeriter

January 9th, 2012
11:05 am

Damn great dawg!!!

Shug

January 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Wish he was a better tackler.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 9th, 2012
11:15 am

Sorry but if I were an African American I would have Paul Hornung’s name removed from the Trophy. After what Paul said about Notre Dame needing to Dumb Down its standards to get more AA players to compete I can’t believe they would place his name on ANY Trophy.

duronimo

January 9th, 2012
11:18 am

Congratulations Brandon. You looked like Superman in the Mich. State game.

Vince

January 9th, 2012
11:19 am

A GREAT 4 YEARS MR. BOYKIN—YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALWAYS A DAWG!!!!!

LawDawg

January 9th, 2012
11:20 am

Boykin is one of the all-time great Bulldogs. Congratulations to him. Watching that highlight reel makes me miss him already.

DAWG ONE

January 9th, 2012
11:22 am

These kind of young men not only represent UGA well, but moreover, represent their parents well. It doesn’t take much to realize he had some very fine values instilled in him. It will always serve him well.

We are all proud of you, Brandon, and wish you nothing but the very best. You will be an asset to the NFL and I am sure the money will not go to your head like it does some. All the best to you and your proud family.

Frankly

January 9th, 2012
11:32 am

We are going to miss Brandon, a DGD. Best of luck in your future BB.

MMerrill

January 9th, 2012
11:32 am

I am sooo thrilled for Brandon and so proud of him! No one deserves this award more than this class athlete! I had the pleasure of meeting him in International Mall in Tampa Florida last week before the game. He was ordering his lunch in the food court and I just walked right up to him and Sanders Cummings and told him how awesome he was and asked if he would pose for a picture! He was so so nice and so personable. He happily posed for several pictures and then chatted with my parents and me for a few minutes. He has wonderful manners and truly just charmed all 3 of us. He was our favorite player before we met him and meeting him only made us love him more. He is the best DAWG there is and I will miss him terribly! He will be a star in the NFL. He is a class act and I thank you Brandon for all you did for Georgia! You made us ALL proud!

Herschel Talker

January 9th, 2012
11:33 am

That’s just great. Another award winner on our team who couldn’t propel us to greater heights because of the limitations of our coaching staff (except Todd Grantham). Disgraceful how much talent comes through Athens and how poorly it is coached up.

Did anyone ever find out why Orson didn’t make the trip to Tampa for the bowl? At least, it appears that Bobo and Richt didn’t think he made the trip considering how he was utilized in that game.

The Big Cat

January 9th, 2012
11:34 am

If Paul Hornung were returning punts for Georgia in the South Carolina game when they did the fake punt would Paul Hornung have bent over and got jumped like a hurdle or would he have busted the hell outta the guy?

Just askin.

Chris Dimino

January 9th, 2012
11:38 am

I think that it should be called the Jackie Robinson Award.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

January 9th, 2012
11:41 am

I was really pleased that you decided to come back for your senior season and feel that the Hornung Award is icing on the cake. You will be remembered for many things, especially for the class act that you are. Good luck to you and yours. Don’t change and your life should be a very good one.

Thanks Brandon

ARdawg

January 9th, 2012
11:41 am

Hearty Congrats to a well deserving B. Boykin! Well done.

Kris Coleman

January 9th, 2012
11:46 am

Best of luck on Sundays. Thanks for all that you did at Georgia and the effort put forth. Go Dawgs!

flatsdawg1

January 9th, 2012
11:46 am

I almost get teary eyed when realizing Boykin is gone to $greener$ pastures. He was our honey badger,as noted by his being named the Paul Hornung award winner, he’ll be missed all over the field. Also wanted to say despite our Falcons demise, Champ Bailey showed out for the Tebow Miracle Men of Denver , another great player for the dawgs.