ATHENS - Georgia has released its spring awards heading into Saturday's G-Day. Here's the full list:
MVP (offense) – Aaron Murray, QB, Tampa, Fla.; Hutson Mason, QB, Marietta, Ga.
True Grit Award (offense) – Arthur Lynch, TE, Dartmouth, Mass.
Coffee County Hustle Award (offense) – Kolton Houston, OG, Buford, Ga.; Michael Erdman, SE, Merritt Island, Fla.
Most Improved Player (offense) – Ken Malcome, TB, Decatur, Ga.
Outstanding Walk-On (offense) – Merritt Hall, FB, Alpharetta, Ga.
MVP (defense) – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Columbus, Ga.; John Jenkins, N, Meriden, Conn.
True Grit Award (defense) – Shawn Williams, SS, Damascus, Ga.
Coffee County Hustle Award (defense) – Garrison Smith, DE, Atlanta, Ga.
Most Improved Player (defense) – Damian Swann, CB, Atlanta, Ga.; Ramik Wilson, ILB, Tampa, Fla.
Outstanding Walk-On (defense) – Connor Norman, SS, Duluth, Ga.
It could be hazardous to look too much into this list. Having said that, let's look too much into this.
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What stands out to me:
- Murray and Mason being co-MVPs is interesting, because it just re-inforces that Christian LeMay, working to be the top backup to Murray, still has a ways to go. Nothing has changed as far as the plan for Mason to take a redshirt this year. But if something were to happen to Murray, in terms of having to miss extended time, clearly Mason would have the redshirt taken off.
- Malcome's most improved award shows that he and Isaiah Crowell are in a head-to-head battle to be the starter in the season opener. Freshman Keith Marshall's hamstring injury robbed the spring of one of the better storylines. But the veteran tailbacks, especially Malcome, have taken advantage.
- Swann's MIP award is a good sign for the Bulldogs entering those first couple games when they'll be without Sanders Commings, and probably Branden Smith as well. Ramik Wilson, who can play inside and outside linebacker, is also an under-the-radar guy to watch.
- Finally, both of those walk-ons who were honored will see a lot of time on G-Day. Norman is also a serious candidate to play in the first few games.