Bulldogs Place Record 8 on All-SEC First Team


Posted Dec 5, 2005


ATHENS — The Southeastern Conference champion Georgia Bulldogs placed a school-record eight players on the All-SEC First Team and had 10 players honored overall as announced by The Associated Press on Monday.

Offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles, tight end Leonard Pope, kicker Brandon Coutu and safety Greg Blue were unanimous selections for the First Team, and they were joined by quarterback D.J. Shockley, defensive end Quentin Moses, and cornerbacks Tim Jennings and DeMario Minter.

The eight First-Team selections betters the school mark of seven set by the 1976 Bulldogs and matched by the 1980 and 2002 squads, each of which also won the SEC title.

Georgia’s Second-Team honorees were offensive tackle Daniel Inman and punter Gordon Ely-Kelso.

Jean-Gilles (Miami, Fla.) anchors an offensive line that has rolled up 382 yards and 29.1 points per game this year. With Jean-Gilles and Inman (Hope Mills, N.C.) leading the way, the Bulldogs have rushed for 157 yards per game and the line has allowed only 20 sacks.

Pope (Americus) leads the Bulldogs in receiving yards with 491 and ranks second with 33 catches. He also has hauled in three touchdown passes. Coutu (Lawrenceville) leads the SEC in scoring with 109 points. He is 40-of-40 on extra points and 23-of-29 on field goals. Blue (College Park) is Georgia’s leading tackler with 88 stops, including 63 solos. He also has two interceptions and a fumble recovery this year.

Shockley (College Park) shared the quarterback honors on the First Team with Vanderbilt’s Jay Cutler. Shockley, the MVP of the SEC Championship Game, has passed for 2,311 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, while also rushing for 251 yards and four scores.

Moses (Athens) leads the Bulldogs with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. He also has 42 total tackles and two fumble recoveries. Jennings (Orangeburg, S.C.) tops the Bulldogs with four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in the SEC Championship Game. Jennings also has recorded 51 tackles. Minter (Stone Mountain) has two interceptions, a team-high nine pass breakups and 46 tackles this season.

Ely-Kelso (Athens) is averaging 42.7 yards per punt and has pinned Georgia opponents inside the 20-yard line 22 times.

The Bulldogs will face West Virginia in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.


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