honored in Atlanta
ATLANTA —- Georgia junior Nick Chubb was been named the Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Atlanta Sports Council at the Atlanta Sports Awards on Thursday night at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Chubb, a native of Cedartown, was chosen from an all Bulldog group of finalists including track and field’s Keturah Orji and swimming and diving’s Olivia Smoliga, who were both 2016 U.S. Olympians.
Chubb finished his third season as Georgia’s No. 2 all-time leading rusher with 3,424 yards, trailing only Herschel Walker (5,259). Named one of the team’s overall captains following the 2016 season, Chubb ran for 1,130 yards and eight rushing touchdowns last year. This marked the second 1,000-yard season of his career after Chubb tallied 1,547 yards and 15 scores as a freshman in 2014. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American following his first year.
Chubb returned in 2016 following a season-ending knee injury that he sustained in game six of his sophomore year in 2015.
The Bulldogs open their 2017 campaign at Sanford Stadium in Athens on September 2 against Appalachian State. ESPN will televise the matchup at 6:15 p.m.
Georgia Tech’s Braun on
Outland Trophy Watch List
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech sophomore guard Parker Braun (Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville) is one of 81 student-athletes on the official watch list for the 2017 Outland Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday.
The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation’s top interior lineman (offensive or defensive – ends are not eligible). Braun was named to ESPN’s true freshman all-America team in 2016 after starting the final eight games of his rookie campaign at left guard. In his eight starts, the Yellow Jackets averaged 277.6 rushing yards and 31.1 points per game.
He became the first Georgia Tech freshman to ever be named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 10 takedowns and helping the Yellow Jackets rush for 309 yards in a 30-20 win over No. 18 Virginia Tech.
He also delivered the key block on a three-yard pickup on fourth-and-one from the Jackets’ own 15 yard line in the second quarter of the TaxSlayer Bowl, which sparked a 94-yard touchdown drive that gave Tech a commanding 17-3 lead late in the first half of a season-ending 33-18 triumph over Kentucky.
The Outland Trophy watch list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 15 and three finalists will be named on Nov. 21. The winner of the 72nd Outland Trophy will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 7.
Kids & Pros camps
coming this month
The Kids & Pros Football camps, run by former Falcon standouts Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler, will be back in Savannah at the end of the month. The free camps teach proper tackling technique with an eye on avoiding concussions. Last year, the event in Savannah was the largest ever, with 500 kids signing up for the free event. This year the camp has been split into two sessions. The first will be held at the Pooler Recreation Center on July 24-25 from 6-9 p.m. The second will be at Daffin Park on July 26-27 from 6-9 p.m. The camps teach football fundamentals and character lessons to kids ages 7-13. To register got to www.kidsandpros.com.