Friday, May 21, 2010

Walk-Ons Awarded Scholarships

University of Georgia walk-on snapper Ty Frix and cornerback Chad Gloer have been awarded scholarships by coach Mark Richt.

"Ty has done an outstanding job with all our snapping duties," said Richt. "He's been an instrumental part of one of the top punt and field goal/extra point teams in the country. Ty is well deserving and we're very pleased to award him the scholarship." Frix, a redshirt sophomore from Calhoun, is expected to start for the Dawgs for the second consecutive season in 2010.

A Biomedical Engineering major who was valedictorian at Calhoun High School, Frix snapped to two of the top special team performers in the nation last season in All-American punter and Ray Guy Award winner Drew Butler and All-SEC placekicker and Lou Groza Award finalist Blair Walsh. Frix is a second generation snapper for Georgia. His father, Dr. Mitch Frix , was the starting snapper for the Dawgs in 1981 and 1982 and was a member of three SEC championship teams, one national title team and three Sugar Bowl teams.

"Senior cornerback Chad Gloer of Fayetteville has been a real warrior for us on special teams and just a great member of our overall football team and family,” said Richt. “He’s earned a scholarship and I’m extremely proud for him.”

Gloer has been a special teams standout for the Bulldogs for the last three seasons. He tallied nine tackles in 10 games in 2009 after registering a season-high 10 tackles in 13 games in 2008.

Gloer, a member of the 2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll, was named the Most Improved Special Teams Player following the 2008 season after being honored as the Outstanding Defensive Walk-on at the end of the ’08 spring practice.

Starting with the Bulldogs’ 41-10 win over Hawai’i in the 2008 Sugar Bowl, Gloer has played in all of Georgia’s three consecutive bowl wins. Most recently, Gloer tallied a tackle during the Bulldogs’ 44-20 rout of Texas A&M at the 2009 Independence Bowl.

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