Monday, September 14, 2009

Dawgs Honored By SEC


Junior right tackle Clint Boling and sophomore defensive back Brandon Boykin have been given Southeastern Conference weekly awards. Boling was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and Boykin was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Boling, a 6-5, 304-pound native of Alpharetta, Ga., graded out at 94 percent during the Dawg's 41-37 win over South Carolina. The Chattahoochee High School graduate registered 10 knockdown blocks as the Dawgs managed to pile up 308 total yards on offense. The offensive line helped give senior quarterback Joe Cox time to complete a career-high 17 passes for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns while only allowing two sacks. The Dawgs are currently tied for No. 1 in the conference in Red Zone offense since they have scored all six times they have been inside their opponent’s 20-yard line.

Boykin, a 5-10, 185-pound native of Fayetteville, Ga., set a new record by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against the Gamecocks. This was the longest scoring play for the Dawgs in Sanford Stadium history and he is only the 36th player in SEC history to have a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Boykin also had another return for 48 yards and finished with 187 kickoff return yards, which stands at the No. 2 mark in school history (Scott Woerner, 190 yds. in 1977 vs. Kentucky).

As a team, the Dawgs had 252 kickoff return yards on seven returns, which topped Woerner’s record and is the fourth-best total in SEC history.

Defensively, Boykin snagged the Dawg's first interception of the season and his first career pick, setting up one of two field goals. In addition, Boykin finished with a career-high four tackles (all solo).

This is Boykin’s first SEC weekly award.

Boling was also named the league’s Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Dawg's win over Tennessee in 2008.

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