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The University of Georgia Player of the Year Award

SEC Coach of the Year
Mark Richt

College: 2005 --After five years heading up the Bulldog program, mark Richt has made it clear that winning with consistency will be a standard for years to come. In five seasons, his Georgia teams have won three SEC Eastern Division titles, two SEC champions, and his 52-12 records is sixth best in the country since 2001. Picked to finish third in the SEC East, his 2005 team exceeded all expectations with a 10-2 regular season finish and SEC chanmpionship defeating third-ranked LSU in the title game. He was elected 2005 SEC Coach of the Year by the SEC Coaches. The accomplishment put him in select company as one of the only six caoches in SEC history to win two league titles within their first five seasons joining Alabama’s Frank Thomas. Florida’s Steve Spurrier, LSU’s Bernie Moore and Nick Saban, and Georgia’s Vince Dooley. His Bulldog teams since he arrived are also an amazing 19-2 when playing on the opponents’ home field.


Offensive Player of the Year
DJ Shockley - Quarterback

College: 2005: As a senior starter he led the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record and their second SEC championship in four seasons. The Bulldogs finished ranked tenth nationally and won 10 or more games for the fourth consecutive year—an accomplishment that had only happened one other time in school history. Shockley was named MVP of the 2005 SEC Championship Game victory over LSU. He was part of a senior class that won 44 career games—more than any senior class in Georgia history. And with the team successes came individual success as well. As a senior, he threw for 2,588 yards, 24 TD’s and only five interceptions. By the time his career was over, he had set several school records including Career Pass Efficiency Rating (142.86), Most TD Passes in a Season (24 in 2005), TD Responsibility in a Season (28 in 2005), TD Responsibility in a Game (6 vs. Boise State, 2005), and Most TD Passes in a Game (5 vs. Boise State in 2005, tying mark by David Greene vs. LSU in 2004).



Defensive Player of the Year
Kedrick Gelston - Defensive End

College: 2005: Kedric Golston was one of the most celebrated players in college football when he came out of Sandy Creek High School. And he didn’t disappoint. Despite recovering from an auto accident and severe leg injury, he started the 2002 season opener against Clemson becoming the first true freshman to start at nose tackle for Georgia since 1994. As a freshman, he helped Georgia’s team to the 2002 SEC championship—the team’s first in 20 years—and won another title as a senior. In 2004 he earned All-SEC honorable mention by the Associated Press and was the recipient of the Georgia coaches Leadership Award following the season. Hampered by injuries as a senior in 2005, he still played in ten games including nine starts. His 27 quarterback pressures ranked second on the team and he led a defense in the SEC Championship game that limited LSU to 74 yards rushing. He was part of a senior class that won 44 career games—more than any senior class in Georgia history. Following the season, he was elected the team’s permanent defensive co-captain by his teammates. Golston also earned an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine post-season all-star game.


Defensive Player of the Year
Greg Blue - Free Safety

College: One of the hardest hitters in college football in 2005, Blue helped lead the Georgia Bulldogs to the 2005 Southeastern Conference Championship—the team’s second SEC title in four years. He also was part of a senior class that won 44 career games—more than any senior class in Georgia history. The team also won 10 games four consecutive years and ranked in the nation’s top 10 four straight seasons for only the second time in school history. In 2005, Blue led the team in tackles with 96 and was named one of only four consensus All-Americans from the SEC earning first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press, and The Sporting News. He was also a consensus All-SEC first team selection and for his efforts was elected the team’s permanent defensive co-captain by his teammates. Blue was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award which goes annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Following his senior season, he was invited to play in the Senior Bowl post-season all-star game.


2005 Award Winners

2004 Award Winners

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