Monday, November 21, 2011

Walsh, Jones & Boykin Honored


Senior place-kicker Blair Walsh and junior defensive end Abry Jones have received weekly Southeastern Conference awards following their performances in the 19-10 win over Kentucky, according to a league announcement on Monday.

Walsh was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this year while Jones was named the SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time of his career. Jones also split the honor after tallying 16 tackles against Georgia Tech in 2010.

Walsh, a 5-10, 192-pound native of Boca Raton, Florida, paced the Dawgs scoring with 13 points, including going 4-for-4 in field goals with three 39 yarders and a 25 yarder. He now has 393 points in his career, which puts him second in SEC and UGA history behind former Dawg Billy Bennett (409).

Supplying Georgia with a 12-10 edge at halftime, Walsh has now drilled 72 field goals in his career and attempted 95, which both stand at the No. 5 all-time mark in SEC history and make him the leading active NCAA kicker in both categories.

Walsh was also named the National Place-Kicker of the Week.

Jones, a 6-3, 309-pound native of Macon, tallied four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and helped the Dawgs hold Kentucky to a single touchdown and a field goal. In fact, Georgia’s defense is ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense (17.8 points per game).

Jones is third on the team with seven tackles for loss of 29 yards while holding down the seventh spot on the Dawgs with 36 total stops this season. Georgia limited the Wildcats to just 23 yards rushing on 21 attempts (1.1 yards per carry) and just 81 total yards in the final three quarters of the game.

This pair of conference awards gives Georgia 13 SEC weekly honors this year.

ALSO OF NOTE: Senior Brandon Boykin was named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll for the seventh time this season following his outing versus Kentucky. Boykin grabbed his second interception of the year (seventh of his career) and added a tackle versus the Wildcats.

In addition, he had one 16-yard kickoff return to move to No. 3 on the all-time SEC kickoff return list with 2,484 yards and is the active leader in the category. Boykin also had a 22-yard punt return in the matchup and a 2-yard reception.

The 14th-ranked Dawgs (9-2, 7-1 SEC) travel to Atlanta to take on 25th-ranked Georgia Tech (8-3, 5-3 ACC) on Saturday at noon. ESPN will televise the matchup.

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