Georgia’s Brandon Kublanow Included On Rimington Watch List

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Georgia offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (54) (Photo by Andy Harrison)

Release from Georgia Athletics:

Georgia senior center Brandon Kublanow has been included on the 2016 Rimington Trophy Watch List, according to an announcement from the award’s committee on Wednesday.

The committee will announce its finalists for the nation’s premier center on December 5.  The Rimington Trophy committee uses these three prestigious All-America teams to determine a winner: Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on January 14, 2017.

Kublanow, a native of Marietta, Ga., is coming off a junior season that saw him earn Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honors.  He has started the last 26 games for the Bulldogs over 2014-15.  Lining up at guard as a sophomore in 2014, Kublanow then started 11 games at center and two at guard last year.

Georgia has had 1,000-yard rushers during each of Kublanow’s seasons starting and the offensive line has protected first-year starters at quarterback during each of those years.  The 2014 Bulldogs rushed for an SEC best 257.8 yards per game.

The Bulldogs open versus North Carolina in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on September 3.

Two Georgia State football players on Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Georgia State football wide receiver Penny Hart
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Release from Georgia State Athletics:

Georgia State receivers Robert Davis and Penny Hart were both named to the Biletnikoff Award Pre-Season Watch List, announced Wednesday by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

The tandem of Davis, a senior from Warner Robins, Ga., and Hart, the sophomore from Buford, combined for 132 receptions for 2,079 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015.

Both were named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference, with Hart also capturing the Sun Belt Freshman-of-the-Year award as well as Freshman All-America accolades.

The 5-8, 180-pound Hart led the Sun Belt receptions (5.5 pg) and receiving yards (84.5 pg) while ranking third with eight touchdown receptions. He was second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards and touchdown receptions and fourth in receptions. Hart tied Georgia State season records with 71 receptions and eight touchdown catches and set the Sun Belt freshman record with 1,099 receiving yards, the second-highest season total in GSU history.

Davis, a two-time all-conference selection, was second in the Sun Belt to his teammate with 75.4 receiving yards per game. His 61 receptions and 980 receiving yards in 2015 are the third-best season totals in Georgia State history. He caught six touchdown passes and averaged 16.1 yards per catch.

Davis, 6-3 and 220 pounds, enters his senior season as the top active receiver in the Sun Belt and among the top 10 in the nation. He ranks second in Georgia State history in career receptions (155) and receiving yards (2,423) and is tied for second in touchdowns (12), and he has at least one reception in every game he has played (37 straight).

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on Nov. 3, and then the list will be narrowed to three finalist Nov. 22. The winner will be presented live on Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

Davis and Hart give Georgia State five individuals on various preseason watch lists:

S Bobby Baker, Jim Thorpe Award
WR Robert Davis, Biletnikoff Award
WR Penny Hart, Biletnikoff Award
C Gabe Mobley, Rimington Trophy
TE Keith Rucker, John Mackey Award, Wuerffel Trophy

The Panthers open Sept. 2 vs. Ball State at the Georgia Dome

Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter Included On Butkus Watch List

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Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter (7)<br>Photo credit: John Kelley

Release from Georgia Athletics:

Georgia junior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter has been included on the 2016 Butkus Award Watch List, according to a recent announcement.

Carter has also been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.

The Butkus Award, which honors the nation’s best linebacker, includes 51 players on its watch list in honor of the award’s namesake, Dick Butkus.  Semifinalists will be named on October 31 and finalists on November 21 before the winner is notified on or before December 6.

Carter, a native of Norcross, Ga., appeared in all 13 games last season, including two starts, and finished with 19 tackles and two forced fumbles.  In 2014, he was named the UGA Newcomer of the Year after tallying 41 stops, including 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss.

The Bulldogs open versus North Carolina in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on September 3.