Monday, September 20, 2021

Smith & Mitchell Claim SEC Honors

UGA Sports Communications

Georgia junior linebacker Nolan Smith and freshman receiver Adonai (AD) Mitchell have earned Southeastern Conference weekly honors, according to a league announcement.

Smith was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. He shares this week’s honor with Alabama linebacker Will Anderson. Mitchell was named the SEC Freshman Player of the Week.

This marks the first weekly awards for both Smith and Mitchell. Last week, senior quarterback Stetson Bennett (Offensive Player) garnered an SEC honor following the win over UAB. Senior safety Christopher Smith (Defensive Player) and senior nose tackle Jordan Davis (Defensive Lineman) garnered a pair of the conference accolades after the season-opening victory over No. 3 Clemson.

Smith, a native of Savannah, ignited the Dawg defense with a career-high eight tackles during Georgia’s 40-13 dismantling of South Carolina. He had 1.5 sacks in his performance, including splitting one with Jordan Davis that resulted in a Gamecocks safety before the half.

Smith also forced a fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by the Dawgs and led to Georgia’s fifth touchdown of the game. Thanks in part to Smith’s performance, the Dawg defense has only allowed a single touchdown this year.

Mitchell, a native of Missouri City, Texas, posted career highs of four catches for a team-high 77 yards and his first career touchdown during the victory over the Gamecocks. He hauled in a career-long 38 yarder for a score from JT Daniels to give the Dawgs a 21-6 edge in the second quarter. Mitchell’s other three catches went for first downs, including two on third-and-long situations.

The No. 2 Dawgs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Vanderbilt (1-2) on Saturday. SECN will televise the matchup at 12 p.m. ET.

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