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November 19, 2007

Atkins and Curran Honored by SEC

Two players on University of Georgiašs football team earned Southeastern Conference weekly awards after their performances against #22 Kentucky, according to an announcement by the league office on Monday.

While sophomore defensive tackle Geno Atkins was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, freshman linebacker Rennie Curran was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 24-13.

Atkins, a 6-1, 290-pound native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., tied for third on the team with five tackles and added half of a sack and one and a half tackles for loss. In addition, Atkins was second on the Bulldog defense with six quarterback pressures. Atkins leads Georgia with 10 and a half tackles for loss on the year.

Curran, a 5-11, 220-pound native of Snellville, Ga., registered a career-high and a team season-high 13 tackles (12 solo) against the Wildcats. One of Curranšs tackles was for a loss and he also added two quarterback pressures from his weakside linebacker position. Curran is tied for fourth on the team with 40 tackles and has only started three games for the Bulldogs.

Atkins and Curran combined to hold Kentucky to only 29 rushing yards and just three points in the final three quarters. The Wildcats came into their matchup with the Bulldogs averaging 37.7 points, but could only manage 13 against Georgia.

This is the first weekly league award for both Atkins and Curran. Redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno has been named SEC Freshman of the Week three times this season and junior defensive tackle Geno Atkins garnered the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week award after the Western Carolina game.

The No. 6 Bulldogs travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. ABC will televise the matchup regionally.

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