Curran, a sophomore linebacker, tied for the team lead with six tackles, including one sack, but it was his role in Georgia’s game-saving goal-line stand that made the biggest difference.
South Carolina running back Mike Davis went up and over a pile of defenders in search of a potential game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter when Curran forced the ball out of Davis’ hands. Cornerback Asher Allen recovered the fumble in the end zone to preserve Georgia’s seven-point lead and, eventually, the win.
Curran said he was honored by the award, but said his big play against the Gamecocks was a perfect indication that the award was hardly an individual achievement.
“It was a humbling feeling,” Curran said of winning the weekly defensive honor. “I wasn’t the only one making plays out there. Even on that fumble play, there was guys on the edge forcing the ball back in for me to be able to stick my head in and cause that fumble.”