Monday, November 14, 2011

Jones & Crowell Honored


Both Georgia senior center Ben Jones and freshman running back Isaiah Crowell have been given weekly Southeastern Conference awards following their performances in the 45-7 win over #24 Auburn, according to a league announcement on Monday.

Jones was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second consecutive week as Crowell garnered his fourth SEC Freshman of the Week honor this season.

A 6-3, 316-pound native of Centreville, Alabama, Jones graded out at a team-best 85 percent with 10 intimidation blocks during the Dawgs’ eighth win in a row. Starting the 45th game of his career, Jones was a part of an offense that racked up 45 points and 528 total yards versus the Tigers, which gives Georgia 108 points and 1,155yards over their last two games and an average of 35.8 points per game for the season.

A captain for the seventh time in 2011, Jones anchored an offensive line that allowed quarterback Aaron Murray to post a career-high pass efficiency rating of 255.6 after he completed 14 of 18 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns versus the Tigers. The Dawgs also managed 304 yards on the ground and had a pair of 100-yard rushers.

The Dawgs have now won three straight SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week awards. Fellow senior Cordy Glenn earned the same award following the Dawgs’ victory over the Gators on October 29th.

Crowell, a 5-11, 215-pound native of Columbus, recorded the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career by shredding the Tigers for 132 yards on 24 carries (5.5 avg.) and a touchdown. Thanks to the help from his junior teammate Carlton Thomas who had 127 yards on 15 carries, the Dawgs had two players reach the century mark in the same game for the first time since the 2009 Georgia Tech game.

Georgia’s 304 yards rushing against Auburn also marked the team’s highest output since churning out 339 against the Yellow Jackets two seasons ago. Crowell is the top freshman, third in the league overall, versus SEC competition with an average of 96.4 yards per game.

This pair of conference awards gives Georgia 11 SEC weekly honors this year.

No. 13 Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC) hosts Kentucky (4-6, 1-5 SEC) in Sanford Stadium on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. ET. The SEC Network will televise the game. The Dawgs beat Ole Miss in an earlier SEC Network televised game this season.

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