Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dawgs Earn Mid-Season All American Honors

UGA Sports Communications

Georgia’s football team has four players who have earned nine midseason All-America honors this season.

Junior left tackle Andrew Thomas was named a midseason All-American by Sporting News, CBS Sports, Athlon, and Associated Press. Senior place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was included on the CBS Sports and Athlon midseason All-American squads.

Wide receiver George Pickens and outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari were also named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Midseason Freshman All-American team.

Thomas, a native of Lithonia, has graded out at 87 percent. He has 25 “knockdown” blocks and surrendered only three pressures to junior quarterback Jake Fromm. Thomas has anchored a line that has the Dawgs ranked second in the Southeastern Conference at 237.1 yards per game.

Blankenship, a native of Marietta, has earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors three times this year after scoring 66 points on 12-of-14 field goal attempts and all of his 30 PATs. His 9.4 points per game ranks second in the conference and he has three 50-yard field goals this year. Recently named one of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar Athletes, Blankenship owns the school record and is second in the SEC all-time with 184 consecutive PATs.

Pickens, a native of Hoover, Ala., leads the receiving corps with 23 catches for 318 yards and has added two touchdowns. He has helped give Fromm a 70.7 completion percentage in his first season with the Dawgs.

Ojulari, a native of Marietta, has started all seven games this season after redshirting in 2018. He leads the outside linebackers and is sixth overall with 20 tackles, including a team leading 3.5 sacks for loss of 25 yards. Ojulari also has the most quarterback pressures this year for the Dawgs with 24.

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