Georgia racks up three SEC coaches’ individual awards

The head coach, star playmaking linebacker and true freshman quarterback that helped lead Georgia to the SEC championship were recognized on Wednesday when the SEC’s individual awards were announced as voted on by league coaches.

 

Kirby Smart won SEC coach of the year after guiding the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record, the program’s first SEC championship since 2005 and a spot in the national semifinals in his second season.

Junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith was named SEC defensive player of the year. The Butkus Award winner has 113 tackles, including 10 ½ for loss and leads the Bulldogs with 5 ½ sacks. He was MVP in the Bulldogs 28-7 SEC title win over Auburn on Saturday.

Jake Fromm, the Houston Country product, was named SEC freshman of the year. The quarterback stepped in for an injured Jacob Eason in the first quarter of the season-opener and went 11-1 as a starter with 2,173 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. He is third in the SEC in passing efficiency (168.2)

Smart was also named SEC coach of the year in awards announced Monday by the Associated Press. That gives him another $50,000 on top of $900,000 in bonuses already triggered by the Bulldogs’ run this season.

Smith was AP’s defensive player of the year and Fromm shared newcomer of the year with Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was the pick by coaches as offensive player of the year while Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson is special teams player of the year. LSU quarterback Danny Etling is scholar-athlete of the year and Auburn offensive guard Braden Smith won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

Georgia’s coach last won the coaches’ SEC coach of the year in 2005 when Mark Richt led the Bulldogs to the SEC title. Smith is the first defensive player of the year for Georgia since David Pollack in 2004. Nick Chubb was the last Bulldog to win freshman of the year in 2014.

 

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