The trio was elected to its captaincy through a vote of the team that was conducted late last week. ³I speak for all of their teammates when I say that the leadership of our team is in good hands,² said Felton. ³¹Wood,¹ Corey, and A.J. all understand what an honor it is to be a Bulldog and they have done an excellent job of conveying that message to their teammates.²
Butler joined the Bulldogs in January of 2006 as a walk-on, a status he kept through the 2008 season. Last year he played in all 34 games, averaging 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in a career-best 13.6 minutes. He was awarded an athletic scholarship for the coming season.
³I look forward to embracing the role of captain this season,² Butler said. ³Our team has the potential to have a championship year, but it will take strong leadership and belief in our selves to realize our potential.²
Woodbury also comes off a career-best season, one in which he averaged 11.0 points and started all 34 games. He will be remembered, however, for his 4-game run through the SEC Tournament, during which he averaged 15.8 points, including a career-best 25 points in the Bulldogs¹ first-round win over Ole Miss.
³Dave Bliss and Sundiata Gaines provided a great example of leadership for us last year,² Woodbury said. ³I would like to do the same for our guys this year.²
Jackson, a native of Earlington, Ky., was Georgia¹s most productive inside player in the latter half of the 2008 season. His career scoring high of 16 points came against Auburn during the final week of the regular season.
³My goal as a captain would be to take the role that Dave Bliss had last year and continue building on that,² Jackson said. ³That includes being a good example on and off the court.²
Sophomore guard Zac Swansey explained how the team arrived at its choices. ³As leaders on and off the court, Albert, Wood, and Corey have all the tools,² he said. ³They lead by example all the time and are always there for their teammates.²
The Bulldogs tip off the 2008-09 regular season when they host USC-Upstate this Friday at 7:30 p.m.