Awards season: Aaron Murray cleans up at UGA’s annual football gala

Quarterback Aaron Murray and linebacker Jarvis Jones took home the top awards at the Georgia football team’s annual Gala Saturday night at the Classic Center in Athens.

Murray and Jones were named recipients of the Vince Dooley Most Valuable Players of the Year Award. Murray was named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player, and Jones and Ogletree shared Most Valuable Defensive Player honors. Connor Norman and Blake Sailors were named Most Valuable Special Teams players.

Tailback Richard Samuel and defensive end Abry Jones were named winners of the David Jacobs Award, given to players who portray courage, spirit, character and determination.

Jarvis Jones was also named the team’s overall permanent captain for 2012. Murray and wide receiver Tavarres King were elected as the team’s offensive captains. Senior safety Shawn Williams was chosen as the defensive captain.

Senior snapper Ty Frix was named the special teams captain.

The Leon Farmer Award, for dedication to the strength and conditioning program, was presented to Murray and sophomore center David Andrews. Outstanding Scout Team Awards went to redshirt sophomore fullback Corey Campbell, senior fullback Dustin Royston, freshman quarterback Faton Bauta, junior cornerback Luis Capella and redshirt sophomore safety Lucas Redd.

Most Improved Player Awards were presented to junior tight end Arthur Lynch, fullback Alexander Ogletree, sophomore defensive back Damian Swann and sophomore safety Corey Moore.

Newcomer of the Year Award winners were freshman tailback Todd Gurley, freshman tailback Keith Marshall, freshman linebacker Jordan Jenkins, freshman cornerback Sheldon Dawson and freshman punter Collin Barber.

Coaches Leadership Awards went to Andrews, Murray, Williams and redshirt sophomore linebacker Kosta Vavlas.

The Charley Trippi Most Versatile Award was presented to sophomore wide receiver/defensive back Malcolm Mitchell, and the Frank Sinkwich Toughness Award was presented to Shawn Williams.

The No. 6 Bulldogs will take on No. 23 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m.

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