Georgia selects 2016 award winners at annual football gala

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UGA players show their hardware at Georgia's annual award gala - Pic via Shaquwanda Baker

By Joe Vitale:

On Sunday night, Georgia held it’s annual year-end gala at the Classic Center. For the second year in a row, a transfer from the state of Alabama was named a permanent team captain. In 2015, linebacker Jake Ganus from Alabama-Birmingham was honored and he was followed by graduate transfer Maurice Smith from Alabama this year. 

Following are the Bulldogs who walked away with the hardware this year. 

2016 Team Captains: 

Maurice Smith (defense)

Nick Chubb (offense) Brandon Kublanow (offense) 

Sony Michel (offense)

Vince Dooley Most Valuable Players: 

Maurice Smith (defense) Roquan Smith (defense) Sony Michel (offense)

Nick Chubb (offense) Isaiah McKenzie (special teams)

Leon Farmer Strength and Conditioning Award: 

Nick Chubb

Charlie Trippi Award (most versatile):

Lorenzo Carter 

Frank Sinkwich Award (players who demonstrated most toughness): 

Greg Pyle (offense) Dominick Sanders (defense)

The David Jacobs Award, given to a player who portrays courage, spirit, character and determination, went to former Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales, who sustained a neck injury during a game against Georgia last fall.

The Up Front Awards (play along the lines of scrimmage): 

Brandon Kublanow (offense)

Isaiah Wynn (offense) Trent Thompson (defense)

John Atkins (defense) 

Newcomers of the Year:

Jacob Eason (offense)

Isaac Nauta (offense)

David Marshall (defense)

Julian Rochester (defense)

Tyrique McGhee (special teams)

D’Andre Walker (special teams).

Most Improved Player Award: 

Lamont Gaillard (offense)

Javon Wims (offense)

Davin Bellamy (defense)

Natrez Patrick (defense)

Aaron Davis (defense)

Rodrigo Blankenship (special teams)

Community Service Award: 

Jeb Blazevich

Senior Scholar Award:

Billy Seward

Georgia concludes its 2016 season with the TCU Horned Frogs in the Liberty Bowl on December 30 in Memphis, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 12:00 EST and will be televised on ESPN. 

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