Georgia inside linebacker Roquan Smith did not have to travel far to get the Butkus Award on Sunday.
He received the honor in surprising fashion at the program’s annual awards banquet. Smith was greeted with a nice video message from Duck Butkus, the award’s namesake and a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker.
In a surprise presentation at tonight's Senior Awards Gala, Roquan Smith was awarded the 2017 Butkus Award, recognizing him as the nation's top linebacker. Congratulations, Roquan!#GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/CgXpBDt5nd
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 4, 2017
Smith received the annual award from Butkus’ son, Matt. You see at the end of the video that Smith added the trophy to his other awards received during the night.
In addition to winning the Butkus Award, Smith was named a permanent team captain for 2017 and the team’s defensive MVP award.
Smith was named the SEC championship game MVP after a 13-tackle, one-sack performance against Auburn.
Other award winners at Georgia:
Team captains: Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn, Roquan Smith
Vince Dooley Offensive MVP: Nick Chubb, Sony Michel
Vince Dooley Defensive MVP: Roquan Smith
Vince Dooley Special Teams MVP: Mecole Hardman
Charley Trippi Award (most versatile players): Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter
Frank Sinkwich Award (players who demonstrated the most toughness): Isaiah Wynn, Malkom Parrish
David Jacobs Award (player who portrays courage, spirit, character and determination): Reggie Carter, Jeb Blazevich
Leon Farmer Strength and Conditioning Award: Nick Chubb
Up Front Award – Offense: Isaiah Wynn, Lamont Gaillard
Up Front Award – Defense: John Atkins, Jonathan Ledbetter, Davin Bellamy
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Jake Fromm, D’Andre Swift, Andrew Thomas
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: J.R. Reed
Special Teams Newcomer of the Year: Cameron Nizialek, Prather Hudson, Christian Payne
Offensive Most Improved Player: Charlie Woerner, Kendall Baker
Defensive Most Improved Player: David Marshall, Dominick Sanders, D’Andre Walker, Tyler Clark
Special Teams Most Improved Player: Rodrigo Blankenship, Tyler Simmons, Jayson Stanley
Offensive Scout Team Player: Thomas Swilley, Turner Fortin, Stetson Bennett, Willie Erdman
Defensive Scout Team Player: Jake Skole, Daniel Harper, Kirkland Smith, Michael Barnett
Special Teams Scout Team Player: Jaleel Laguins, Jordan Davis, Jacob Gross, Jordon McKinney
Community Service Award: Aaron Davis
Senior Scholar Award: John Courson (4.0, Biology and Psychology with a Neuroscience emphasis)
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