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The Georgia Tech Player of the Year Award

Offensive Player of the Year
Calvin Johnson - Wide Receiver

AT TECH: ACC Rookie of the Year and first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree... Remarkably talented and poised freshman who is one of the nations top rookies... First-team Freshman All-America by the Sporting News and Rivals.com. 2004: Named first-team all-ACC, just the second true freshman in Tech history, and the 11th in league history to earn first-team all-ACC honors... The second straight Yellow Jacket to be named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, following 2003 honoree Reggie Ball...Becomes the sixth Tech player so honored... The Jackets, leading receiver with 48 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns, all Tech freshman records...Among all-time ACC freshmen, ranks second in receiving yards(853, Koren Robinson, NC State, 1999) and third in receptions (58, Frank Wycheck, Maryland, 1990; 49, Derrick Hamilton, Clemson, 2001)... Second in the ACC with seven touchdown catches; also second in receiving yards and third in receptions per game...Scored eight touchdowns on the season, also a Tech freshman record.



Offensive Player of the Year
Nate Curry - Wide Receiver

AT TECH: Veteran receiver and one of Techs' three senior team captains for 2004... Selected to play in the Gridiron Classic all-star game in Orlando, Fla., following his senior season... Rated the third best possession receiver in the ACC by The Sporting News... Speedy wideout who made his debut in the starting lineup in 2003 after battling injuries the previous two years... Slated as a starter in 2001 before missing the season with a left knee injury, sustained in preseason drills in August of 2001... Had a Setback in June, 2002, and was not at full speed in 2002. Ranks 13th on Georgia Tech's career receiving list with 92 catches and 14th in career yards with 1,185... Had eight career touchdown catches. 2004: Tech's second-leading receiver with 32 catches for 454 yards and three touchdowns . . . Ranked 10th in the ACC in receptions per game (2.9)... Best game was his last as caught three passes for a career-best 105 yards in Tech's victory over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown catch from Reggie Ball... Opened the 2004 season by catching a 14-yard touchdown from Ball for Tech's first score of the year... Caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in Tech's 20-7 victory over 23rd-ranked Maryland... Had a standout game against Connecticut with five catches for 83 yards... Missed the Clemson game due to an eye injury.



Defensive Player of the Year
James Bulter - Free Safety

AT TECH: Two-time all-conference free safety and twetime semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back .. . . Team captain and the only senior starter on Tech's highly-rated defense in 2004... Rated one of the nation's Top 25 senior prospects for the 2005 draft by Mel Kiper, Jr., of ESPN... Selected to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., following his senior season... Smart player with excellent size and athletic ability. . . Spent his first two years as a backup and special teams player before moving into the starting lineup in 2003. Total of 204 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, 10 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two blocked field goals in his two years as a starter... Ranks sixth in Tech history in career tackles by a defensive back with 234.


2004 Award Winners

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