Media honors Conley with GATA Award

Chris Conley has many interests and talents.

The junior is Georgia’s leading receiver this season, is involved nationally in student-athlete welfare issues and is planning a Star Wars tribute film to be shot next month.

He also is a go-to player for reporters’ questions because of his thoughtful, well-spoken answers.

For that, Conley is this year’s winner of the GATA (Gracious Attitude Towards Answering) Award as voted on by media who cover the team. Linebacker Christian Robinson won the inaugural award in 2011 and tight end Arthur Lynch got it last year.

Robinson, now a Bulldogs graduate assistant, was on hand Friday when Conley received a plaque for winning this year. The award is now named after Robinson.

“It says Christian Robinson on it?” Conley said. “It’s going right by my bed.”

Later, Conley said: “The way you present yourself, the way that you talk to the media, the way that you present yourself on the field and you play — how does he look when he makes a big play, how does he look when he messes up a play — I think it’s the same thing. It adds to your brand so I think that you should take it seriously.”

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