Junior quarterback Aaron Murray and junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones were recipients of the Vince Dooley Most Valuable Players of the Year award Saturday night as Georgia's football team held its annual team gala in Athens.
Murray was named the team's most valuable offensive player, while Jones and junior inside linebacker Alec Ogletree shared MVP honors on defense. Sophomore safety Connor Norman and junior cornerback Blake Sailors were voted most valuable on special teams.
Jones also was named Georgia's overall permanent captain for 2012.
The Bulldogs won the SEC East Division before losing the league championship to Alabama, 32-28. They are 11-2 and ranked No. 5 entering the Capital One Bowl against No. 21 Nebraska on New Year's Day, with bowl practice set to begin Wednesday.
Murray and senior wide receiver Tavarres King were elected offensive captains, while senior safety Shawn Williams was chosen the defensive captain. Senior snapper Ty Frix from Calhoun was named special teams captain.
Junior tight end Arthur Lynch, junior fullback Alexander Ogletree, sophomore cornerback Damian Swann and sophomore safety Corey Moore received awards as most improved players. Newcomers of the year were tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, linebacker Jordan Jenkins, cornerback Sheldon Dawson and punter Collin Barber.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...