Six Bulldogs Included On Preseason All-SEC Teams

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Georgia offensive lineman Greg Pyke (73) (Photo by Andy Harrison)

Release from Georgia Athletics:

Six Georgia football players have been voted onto the Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference teams, according to a league announcement.

Junior tailback Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.) and junior offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore, Md.) were on included on the First Team Offense while junior center Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga.) was named to the Second Team.

On defense, junior safety Dominick Sanders (Tucker, Ga.) was a member of the Second Team and junior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.) was a Third Team selection.  Junior receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie (Miami, Fla.) was also voted as the Third Team return specialist and all-purpose performer.

 

In addition, Georgia was picked to finish third in the SEC East and had the fourth-most votes to win the conference title.

 

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

Two Bulldogs Named Nominees For Doak Walker Award

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Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27)
. Photo credit: Sean Taylor

Release from Georgia Athletics:

Georgia juniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have been included as nominees for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.

The award will name 10 semifinalists on November 16 and the award’s National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on November 22.  The committee will cast a second vote beginning November 28 to determine the recipient.

The recipient of the 2016 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 8 on ESPN.  The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in early 2017.

Chubb, a native of Cedartown, Ga., who is also a Maxwell Award candidate, earned 2014 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was a Freshman All-American after tallying 1,547 yards rushing and 14 rushing touchdowns to go along with 213 yards receiving and two scores.  In 2015, he was on pace for another sensational season with 747 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in six games before going down with a season-ending knee injury.

Michel, a native of Miami, Fla., picked up where Chubb left off last season and finished with 1,161 yards rushing and eight scores, along with 26 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns.  During his freshman year in 2014, Michel played in eight games and recorded 410 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

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

Georgia Tech’s Freeman Up for a Pair of Community Service Awards

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Georgia Tech defensive lineman KeShun Freeman (42)
Photo credit: Georgia Tech Athletics/Danny Karnik

Release from Georgia Tech Athletics:

Georgia Tech football’s KeShun Freeman (LaGrange, Ga./Callaway) was honored for his ongoing service to the community on Wednesday when he was officially tabbed as a nominee for the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy and the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the NCAA Division I FBS student-athlete that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Freeman is one of 88 nominees for the award. The nominees will be pared down to semifinalists on Nov. 3 and finalists on Nov. 23. The 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be unveiled on Dec. 6 at the National Football Foundation press conference in New York City

For 25 years, the AFCA Good Works team has recognized student-athletes that demonstrate the award’s mission that “good works” extend beyond the football field. The 165 nominees balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to helping others. The 25-member 2016 AFCA Good Works Team (with 12 FBS student-athletes, 12 representatives from NCAA Division I FCS, Division II, Division III and the NAIA and an honorary head coach) will be announced in September.

Freeman, a junior defensive end, is involved in several community service projects in Atlanta and beyond. His efforts include serving as an active volunteer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he takes part in the For the Kids Dance Marathon and creates and delivers Valentines for hospitalized children.

His other service initiatives have included traveling with teammates to the Dominican Republic on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to build houses for local families, serving as a volunteer counselor at Atlanta’s Chick-Fil-A Youth Football Camp, acting as a Girls on the Run race volunteer and organizing fellow student-athletes to participate in the opening ceremony of the Georgia Special Olympics Winter Games.

On the field, Freeman recorded 44 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks as a sophomore last season. He was a consensus freshman all-American in 2014 after leading Georgia Tech with 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Freeman and the Yellow Jackets open the 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 when they face ACC foe Boston College in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.