Ten@10: Awards for Frank Sinkwich, Charley Trippi and Keith Marshall

They didn't come any tougher than "Flatfoot Frankie" Sinkwich, who played seven games of the 1941 season with a broken jaw. (UGA photo)

They didn't come any tougher than "Flatfoot Frankie" Sinkwich, who played seven games of the 1941 season with a broken jaw. (UGA photo)

THE TEN AT 10

1. Upon hearing Monday’s announcement that Georgia coach Mark Richt decided to create annual team awards named for Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi, I had two initial thoughts: One, good idea, Coach Richt; and, two, how did the Bulldogs not already have awards named for those guys?

Of course, they’re considered two of the greatest Bulldogs of all time. Sinkwich was the 1942 Heisman Trophy winner and was the star on the Bulldogs’ national championship team of that year. He is famous for playing most of the 1941 season with a broken jaw. And Trippi won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best back in 1946 and is generally considered one Georgia’s best overall athletes of all time. Appropriately, Richt announced that, starting with this coming season, the Sinkwich Award will be go to “Georgia’s toughest player” while the Trippi Award will be presented to Georgia’s most versatile player.”

“Frank Sinkwich had to be tough by playing seven games with a broken jaw in 1941,” Richt said. “By winning the Heisman Trophy, he was also a great player. I have always heard that Charley Trippi was the most exciting player of his time. It must have been a special experience to see these two great Georgia players compete on the field. It’s appropriate to have two awards honoring Sinkwich and Trippi, both of whom were great players, graduates of the University and always willing to give back to their alma mater.”

I turned to the greatest UGA historian of all time, Dan Magill, to make sure there hadn’t been something already named for Sinkwich or Trippi before now. Now in his 90s, Magill could not recall it if there was.

“But I think it’s great even if it’s a repetition,” Magill said. “They were the best two backs we ever had at Georgia, in my opinion. Trippi was the best all-around athlete we’ve had. He could play anything. He was a great baseball player. And Sinkwich was tough. They didn’t make them any tougher.”

Had they been around then, that Herschel guy might have received both awards.

2. Looking back at this past season, I’m sure everyone would agree that cornerback/running back/kick returner Brandon Boykin would have won the Trippi Award going away. In fact, maybe they should consider giving him a trophy retroactively. He can put it next to the Paul Hornung he just won.

I’m not as confident about who would’ve been the Sinkwich recipient, but I’d say Ben Jones was a good candidate, with Isaiah Crowell running a close second (kidding). Jones, the Bulldogs’ grizzled senior center barely missed a snap despite playing banged up throughout the year. Let’s hear what y’all think.

3. Speaking of greatness, many have predicted that for Georgia football player Keith Marshall. But members of the selection committee for the Watkins Award believe Marshall has already achieved it.

Marshall

Marshall

The freshman running back from Raleigh, N.C., was named the winner of the Watkins Award in a black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles this past Saturday. The Watkins Award, which has been presented annually since 1992 by the National Alliance of African American Athletes, is basically the Heisman Trophy for young, talented African-American athletes who, “by their example, help promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service.” Marshall was, of course, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in America by several recruiting service while also maintaining a 4.3 grade-point average at Millbrook High. Marshall graduated early and is already enrolled at UGA.

4. I’m not sure how reliable his sources are — in this case freshman signee Jordan Jenkins – but my esteemed colleague from McClatchy Newspapers, Seth Emerson, writes that rising sophomore Ray Drew will be moving to defensive end this spring to shore up depth there and make room for the glut of outside linebackers coming into the program.

“He’s gonna get moved to end next year, so it’ll be me, [Josh Harvey-Clemons], Jarvis [Jones], Cornelius [Washington] and Leonard Floyd at OLBs,” Jenkins told Emerson. “Me, Jarvis and Cornelius are the heaviest of the OLBs.”

Makes sense. Drew (6-foot-5, 263 pounds) saw limited action in only six games last season while playing behind the All-American Jones and Washington, who are both back. Meanwhile, Georgia lost 11-game defensive end starter DeAngelo Tyson to graduation and have only Derrick Lott and Garrison Smith coming back with any experience behind senior Abry Jones.

Jenkins also told Emerson that Harvey-Clemons (6-5, 205) may get some looks at safety. Also, Georgia coaches hinted on national signing day that they are considering a number of position changes heading into spring practice. It’s slated to begin March 19 so stay tuned.

5. I had a great conversation earlier this week with former Georgia basketball coach Pete Herrmann. Hermann was, of course, an assistant coach for Dennis Felton and took over as the Bulldogs’ interim head coach after Felton was fired with 12 games left in the 2008-09 season. A longtime assistant in major college basketball, Hermann, 63, could have easily retired and kicked back. Instead, he decided take on the considerable task of resurrecting the basketball program at little Young Harris College in North Georgia.

I’d say it’s going pretty well. In their second season under Hermann’s leadership, the Mountain Lions are 20-4 heading into Tuesday night’s game against Southern Wesleyan. The season ends for Young Harris with Thursday’s game at North Greenville.

“The best thing about it is we’re doing it with a bunch of Georgia kids,” said Herrmann, whose team is 14-0 at home this season. Made up entirely of Georgians and a;; freshmen and sophomores except for one junior, the Mountain Lions are led by Stephenson High graduate Frank Adams, who is averaging 20.7 points per game.

6. Back at Georgia, things aren’t going as well for men’s basketball coach Mark Fox. Fox is enduring some of the trials and tribulations that have traditionally come with Bulldogs’ basketball. With this past Saturday’s 61-52 home loss to Vanderbilt, Georgia fell to 12-14 overall and 3-9 in SEC play. The last time Georgia won just three conference games was the season Hermann ended up taking over for Felton.

Fox’s Hounds will be trying to grab their fourth conference victory on the road against LSU on Wednesday night. The Tigers are coached by Fox’s close friend and former boss, Trent Johnson, who knows all too well what Fox is going through. LSU won just five conference games combined the two seasons before this year’s 16-6/6-6 campaign. The Tigers won the league in Johnson’s first season (2008-09).

“I think he’s done an exceptional job when you start to looking at how young they are and what they lost,” said Johnson, who had Fox as an assistant at Nevada. “They lost probably 75 percent of their scoring if not more. And look at who they’ve played, beating Notre Dame, playing Cal, playing Cincinnati, playing Kentucky twice, Vanderbilt twice , Florida twice, you go on down the line. Watching them play Vandy, in terms of how hard they play, the amount of shots they got and could have scored on, anybody who knows basketball, they look at that team and they they know they’re playing their tails off.”

7. I’m sure it was no surprise to anyone that Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins was named SEC Player of the Week in basketball. Georgia fans saw him pour in 28 points and make 6-of-8 3-point shots. In the previous game, he scored 26 points against Ole Miss on only five shots (four 3s, 12 free throws). To summarize, for the week the 6-4 junior shot 81.3 percent from the field, 83 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent from the foul line. Pretty efficient, huh?

8. Remember, this is the first year the SEC is playing without divisions in men’s basketball (until next year, more than likely, but that’s another story). So if the season ends with the standings as they are now, Georgia will finish 11th.  Since the top four finishers get first-round byes, that means that the Bulldogs will play the 10 p.m. first-round game against the No. 6 team in the SEC Tournament. As of today that team would be Alabama.

9. Had a guy slamming me on Twitter for not giving the equestrian team enough coverage. So here you go, buddy: The No. 3-ranked Georgia equestrian team completed a sweep of No. 1-ranked Auburn this past Saturday — on The Plains, no less. According to the UGA Sports Communications report, the teams rode to an 8-8 tie (I don’t know what that means), but the Bulldogs were able to edge them 1,564.25-1,562.75 in the raw score (I don’t know what that means either). UGA’s Carly Anthony claimed her ninth MVP of the season in equitation on the flat (Google it), and Megan Hawkins claimed MVP honors in horsemanship. Georgia improves to 8-1 while Auburn drops to 7-2 so — and I’m editorializing here — I fully expect the Equestrian Dogs to pass Auburn in the rankings and contend for another national championship. As my Twitter friend points out sarcastically, “they’ve only won five national titles.”

10. THIS & THAT: Georgia’s No. 4-ranked men’s tennis team lost a hard-fought match to No. 1-ranked Southern Cal in the semifinals of the National Indoor Championships in Virginia, then proceeded to get stuck in the snow on the drive back to Georgia. Thankfully, they made it back safely returned to unseasonably warm temperatures in Athens. The spring schedule starts Monday with a home match against Furman. . . . The Georgia baseball team got off to a solid 3-0 start with a rain-drenched sweep of Presbyterian this past weekend. The Diamond Dogs play host to Georgia State on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and have Winthrop in for a three-game set beginning Friday. Of course, Georgia doesn’t play away from home but once in its first 22 games and that one is against Kennesaw State at the Gwinnett Braves’ Coolray Field. . . . The NFL combine begins Wednesday.

275 comments Add your comment

uga student

February 21st, 2012
10:14 am

HighHopes

February 21st, 2012
10:15 am

Congrats to Keith Marshall!! What a class act and a standout kid. Go Dawgs!

BILLY JACK

February 21st, 2012
10:25 am

Way to go Keith you are going to make UGA very proud on and off the field.

Joey

February 21st, 2012
10:26 am

A broken jaw – and no facemask. And I’m pretty sure he still has the record for total yards in the Orange Bowl that season. Ol Frank was something else.

Sounds like UGA got a prize in Mr Keith Marshall. What a kid. Can’t wait to see him on the field.

Proud-Dawg

February 21st, 2012
10:31 am

I miss your Recruiting Ten@10. I’m starting a petition to have you reassigned, again, to cover recruiting….Nice work Chip

Ray

February 21st, 2012
10:34 am

Bet $5 that by the beginning of 2012 season people will want to kick Keith Marshall off the team.

Robdawg

February 21st, 2012
10:37 am

It will be interesting to see where everyone ends up in the position switching this spring, there is alot of talent on defense and you gotta make sure the best athletes are taking the field

DawginLex

February 21st, 2012
10:37 am

Ray

you would lose that bet

Joey

February 21st, 2012
10:40 am

I bet $5 that Ray’s mom wants to kick him out of her house right now.

chilidawg

February 21st, 2012
10:41 am

I’m liking the idea of JHC at safety.

Right On Time

February 21st, 2012
10:44 am

Ray:

If by “people” you mean IC & Co. from last year, you would be correct.

I’m sure those “people” want him kicked off now!

schmeckdawg

February 21st, 2012
10:48 am

Another reason to love SI Swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton, her sister was on the UGA Equestrian team so she’s a big DAWG fan!

JB

February 21st, 2012
10:52 am

Dawgs will be the “surprise ” team in the SEC this year….although it won’t be much of a surprise….to us anyway.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

February 21st, 2012
10:53 am

Mark – maybe you can have the “Bama 10″ focussing on Bama recruiting and other sports as well.

Since Alabama now owns the peach state in recruiting for the elites we want – and let second line schools like Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina fight over for what we don’t want or need. Add the factor that more and more Bama fans read the AJC – heck, we should have our own section.

Just kidding fellas…..

I think UGA will be a handfull next season as 3rd year in CTG’s sytem and returing starters look really good. UGA needed some depth as they tended to wear out in the second half – but the defense overall was very solid. I look for UGA’s defense to be special next season.

More concerns are the O-Line – and Coach Friend did a pretty good job with converting a DL to OL. What does that say about the caliber of OL recruits or the development when you have a DL convert to OL and starts?
If UGA can figure out the OL – the other issue is A. Murray.
I really like this kid – but he is very sloppy with the ball – cost UGA the USC,jr game and helped out MI STATE as well with bad decisions or forced throws. Take care of the ball, UGA winds up 12-2, not 10-4.

I have family that are UGA folks – so I enjoy following UGA – but also follow all the SEC schools.

Hope that UGA and Bama meet in the DOME early December.
Maybe UGA will wear those awesome balck jersey’s again!!!!! They are really special to BAMA fans.

RTR!

Chip Towers

February 21st, 2012
10:54 am

Ray: I’ll take that bet times 10.

Chip Towers

February 21st, 2012
10:55 am

Joey: Actually, UGA fashioned what is thought to be one of the firsts facemasks in football for Sinkwich so he could play.

Dawg Haus

February 21st, 2012
10:58 am

I like the idea of putting Ray Drew on the line. Whatever it takes to get him on the field.

sogadog

February 21st, 2012
11:02 am

Funny poke at Crowell.

I learned a new word today: “equitation” means fancy horse riding right?

thanks for the 10 at 10 enjoyed the report.

RHall55

February 21st, 2012
11:02 am

Chip, back on 10@10 for recruiting !!! Yes!! Every Tuesday or Thursday!!

7576DAWG

February 21st, 2012
11:05 am

If our running back’s have the same problem’s this year that we did last year McClendon will be on the hot seat along with Garner for not recruiting better offensive linemen. Last year our only real tailback was Crowell. The other’s are too small to play tailback but that’s not the case this year.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

February 21st, 2012
11:05 am

Frank Sinkwich and Charlie Trippi are absolute legends for UGA and the SEC.

I remember my father talking about how great these two players were – he considered them part of the elite group in college football history.

It will be interesting to see how Crowell develops with Marshall and Gurley in camp. My DAWG loving Brother in law told me that reports were Crowell is having a great off season.

Mark – need to layoff Crowell. This kid came in as a freshman – was not quite ready to shoulder the team – and played hurt – but still tried to make a go of it. He showed a lot of promise.

Key will be the OL. IF this group can get their act together – then Crowell will have a great season.
Marshall / Gurley tandem will also be great as they will not feel the pressure that Crowell had on him last year.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

February 21st, 2012
11:08 am

Sorry Chip – called you Mark. I know , I know……..very insulting to the Tower clan. my apologies.

DawginLex

February 21st, 2012
11:09 am

Chip

a more interesting bet would be to bet that our OL for 2012 will be more athletic and a better group than the 2011 version

I would be up for that one

$500 monopoly money…………

1eyedJack

February 21st, 2012
11:10 am

Seven games at running back with a broken jaw, no facemask, and a leather helmet. Sinkwich should have won the Chuck Norris award…or is that the Chuck Bednarik award? Anyway, some guy with blood streaming down his face. Hey, the Erk Russell award!! He was tough. I’m thinking I would have gave up foosball.

Dawg Haus

February 21st, 2012
11:11 am

7576DAWG, the 2013 RB recruit out of Florida, Derrick Henry, will help us there as well. Have you seen his video yet? He’s huge!

Thomas Brown

February 21st, 2012
11:16 am

Mark Richt is the # 1 coach in The SEC in beating the top teams.

Concerned

February 21st, 2012
11:17 am

Thanks for the Equestrian news…I will now expect routine updates…every February 20th will be fine.

1eyedJack

February 21st, 2012
11:30 am

Yeah Chip, how’s our curling team doing?

Pulpwud Smiff

February 21st, 2012
11:33 am

Sinkwich and Trippi played in an era when UGA recruited players with intelligence, morals, and ethics. That has not been the case since Wally Butts retired.

One look at the stupid lowlife punks, drunks, and woman beaters that Richt recruits is proof of that. It’s a joke and an insult for Richt to give awards named after two fine, honorable athletes to any of his illiterate punks.

Top Row Dog

February 21st, 2012
11:34 am

With Sinkwich and Trippi, Georgia won the Orange, Rose, and Sugar Bowls. They didn’t lose a Bowl game until Tom Landry quarterbacked the Longhorns to an Orange Bowl win in 1949.

Would be nice to play Bama in the dome, so folks can’t say we avoided them. Will also be a nice bump in BCS standings for possible shot at the BCS game. Georgia is the last of the SEC Big Six that hasn’t won the BCS. We are due. Would be wonderful to silence the critics.

Thomas Brown

February 21st, 2012
11:35 am

I don’t see any need for a platoon.

Start someone other than Aaron Murray and let Aaron Murray come in if the selected other QB does not work out that game.

Aaron Murray has been on campus practicing with this team since December 2008.

This is 2012. This is his 4th year now this coming season. What we have all seen is a QB whom the other QB has been better than Aaron Murray Eleven (11) times, to-date. The other team won those 11 games, as a direct result.

The results are obvious with Aaron Murray.
-his footwork is very poor
-his reads at the line of scrimmage are way too slow
-his check-offs at the line of scrimmage invaraibly are to his #
-he is not a dual threat QB
-he cannot run
-he throws himself to turf looking at SEC DE faster than he
-he tries to do too much
-he gets the YIPS and is sent back in, scared still
-he steals 7 carries a game from the RBs, averages 1 yard
-he holds on to the football too long
-he fumbles the ball when trying to run
-he is slow
-he is puny small
-he completes a poor percentage of his passes
-he would complete fewer still if he threw ball away
-he takes sacks because he already throws too many incompletions
-he has 23 fumbles in 27 games
-he has 22 interceptions in 27 games
-he has 56 sacks in 27 games
-he has 11 losses in 27 games
-he has lost 41 percent of his games as Starter
-he overthrows his WR
-he throws behind his WR
-he is inaccurate
-he cannot see over the OL
-he isn’t as fast as the DL he faces
-in most crucial situations, has fumble or interception
-off-the-field tweets how he’s going to kick some booty
-off-the-field beer and other issues of starting QB UGA
-off-the-field put his name in NFL Draft
-in-the-huddle has yet to show any leadership at all
-he cannot handle the pressure
-he is 0-9 vs teams who finished AP Poll Top 25
-one of 27 teams 2011 who won 10 games
-has beat in 27 games only two 8-5 teams neither ended ranked
-obviously
-he is Favorite and never comes out any game at all ever
-NFL Draft Advisory told him if game on line think Murray ?

KB

February 21st, 2012
11:36 am

Roll tide with pride, You are delusional if you think bama gets whatever recruits it wants out of Georgia, they get some and had success in 2012 , but missed on more than they hit. And explain to us how FSU snagged 3 of the top 6 players in Alabama? I know saban wanted them badly.

dawg59

February 21st, 2012
11:40 am

I guess richt decided to limit the choices of naming the awards since fran tarkenton was not included ,since he and trippi are the only two former georgia players named as members of of both the NFL and college hall of fame.

maybe richt still holds a grudge against fran for coming out against his performance as a coach the last few years.

KB

February 21st, 2012
11:52 am

wow Thomas I didn’t know that a QB is responsible the most laughable is takes away 7 rushes per game from RB’s. Other than QB sneaks very few designed runs for Murray, he also threw 33 tds passes, was 2nd team all SEC but what do those SEC coaches know that you don’t? Completed 59.1 % of his passes, poor footwork? you know little about playing qb, .

beanster

February 21st, 2012
11:54 am

@ Roll Tide with Pride!! – You ever seen the Bad News Bears? You know the scene at the end where the Yankees offer apologies and compliments to the Bears after they won the big trophy? Well, replace “Yankees” with “Bammers” and replace “apology” with “compliments” and consider me Tanner.

http://movieclips.com/yGrn-the-bad-news-bears-movie-wait-til-next-year/

Kevin

February 21st, 2012
11:56 am

Chip, I believe you’re forgetting about Abry Jones coming back at D End

U

February 21st, 2012
12:01 pm

When kids like Cam Newton win the Heisman, equating that award with the Watkins is pretty silly.

Also, your joke about Crowell is poor. The kid played hurt all season long. The fact that he couldn’t go at times speaks more to the severity of the injuries than it does his toughness. Weak sauce, Chip.

Jan Kemp

February 21st, 2012
12:03 pm

How about an award named after me for the player playing the most football while earning the fewest college credits?

Thomas Brown

February 21st, 2012
12:20 pm

KB January 4th, 2012 11:25 pm

“It’s a shame that it takes 3-4 years for CMR to drop crappy assistants, i.e. Martinez, Van Halanger, McClendon and Bozo.

I’m sick and tired hearing about “loyatly” to some mediocre assistant. How about some loyatly to the institution that pays you 3 million a year! How about some loyatly to the fan base that supports the program and deserves at least a competitive program!!!!”
___________________________________________________________
I am confused by your post at 11:52 KB today. Which is it, son ? Or, are you the only person who allowed to point out that we

ARE NOT COMPETITIVE

Chip Towers

February 21st, 2012
12:23 pm

Kevin: I actually meant to write “besides Abry Jones” and left it off. There now.

@jan the tech fan

February 21st, 2012
12:27 pm

Hi Jan(tech troll), what name would be on the FLunkgate award at tech , or perhaps the George O Leary and Paul Hewitt academic progress rate and NCAA probation award, or perhaps the DRad I’m so stupid probation award, vacating wins award. Or the Stephon Marbury how did I qualify academically? Georgia Tech University award.

flo-ri-duh

February 21st, 2012
12:31 pm

jan kemp was ruled insane in court. she deserted her husband and children. she was a sad pathetic miserable excuse for a human being. let her rest in peace. she is dead.

The Sham

February 21st, 2012
12:38 pm

@Chip: Very funny jabs all throughout! Schultzie and you might need to do a routine together to see who has the best lines.

I was going to give you a friendly jab for dedicating a “whole #” to the equestrian team and only part of one to the Baseball team, but those girls (and their program support staff) have been deserving for all their accomplishments for quite sometime. They represent UGA well and anytime you can upset Auburn (at their home no less), it’s worth noting. Besides, UGA baseball will have plenty to celebrate as this season goes on, but DeLoach’s clutch performance on Saturday was pretty darn good… even if I only followed it on Twitter…

Just bc I have to jab: In the spirit of USMC Dawg – It’s the 10@10… not 10@10:01

Sic’em!

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

February 21st, 2012
12:40 pm

How are the Real UGA Champions doing? What is the GYM Dawgs record so far this year?
Broken Jaw had to be tough, but back in that time players didn’t lead with their heads to make tackles either.
Does anybody know the coach that is coaching the players up so much that UGa is second in sending these girls to the PROS? http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/16924927/uga-gsu-students-top-list-of-growing-clients-on-sugar-daddy-dating-site

UGASlobberknocker

February 21st, 2012
12:42 pm

1/ great stuff Chip…
2/ Is Drew big enough for DE?
3/ @ flo-ri-dah…while I’m no no fan of Ms. Kemp, her peace woold have been even more restful w/o your comment. Rip her than ask for others to let her rest in peace. How thoughtful

Thats like saying “Georgia Tech is a dump for geeks, ugly women and muggers but, hey, I dont want to say anything bad abot Tech.”

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

February 21st, 2012
12:42 pm

chilidawg
February 21st, 2012
10:41 am

I’m liking the idea of JHC at safety.
by safety do you mean the team Bail Bondsmen.

KB

February 21st, 2012
12:43 pm

Thomas I’m not sure who you are quoting but I never said anything about Georgia assistant coaches, Sec head coaches voted Murray 2nd team all SEC . I was to your heaping criticism of Murray. Littered with mundane stats like takes 7 carries a game away from RB’s or he is slow or he’s been sacked 57 times, that puts Georgia about 4th in the league with least # of sacks..

Mark (another one)

February 21st, 2012
12:45 pm

Chip, Does that mean that in their ten years of existence, the UGA Equestrian Team has won 5 NCAA titles? These women sports rock! Maybe we could get them to instruct some of the men on how to dominate?

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

February 21st, 2012
12:49 pm

Top Row Dog….wa hoo you won a bunch of games and bowls when the rest of the men were off fighting the Germans, Italians, and Japanese. If Sinkwich was really tough he would have been on the beach at Normandy, but hey being TUFF on a football field is just as tuff I guess.

True Dawg Fan

February 21st, 2012
12:52 pm

A person SMART enough to know……

February 21st, 2012
12:49 pm

back then college = no draft (for armed forces)

Try again moron