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Monday, September 15, 2008

Curran SEC's Top Defensive Player

From UGA Athletics Dept:

University of Georgia sophomore weakside linebacker Rennie Curran has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, according to an announcement by the league office on Monday.

Curran, a 5-11, 228-pound native of Snellville, Ga., tied for the team lead with six tackles and added a sack and two quarterback pressures during Georgia s 14-7 away win over South Carolina. Curran was part of a defensive unit which held the Gamecocks to 18 yards rushing and which has now held opponents scoreless for a combined seven quarters this season.

Curran highlighted his performance by forcing a fumble late in the fourth quarter when he drilled South Carolina s Mike Davis on the Georgia 1-yard line. Bulldog teammate Asher Allen recovered the fumble to help clinch the win.

Curran s forced fumble has been nominated as one of four candidates for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance. Fans can vote for this play until midnight on Wednesday at and ESPN will announce this week s Pontiac Game Changing Performance winner on Thursday night, during the Pontiac G6 Halftime Report.

The winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to their general scholarship fund. Additionally, the winning play will be nominated for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year award and the chance to win a $100,000 general scholarship contribution from Pontiac.

Through three games, Curran leads thee Bulldogs with 20 tackles and has a team-leading 3.0 tackles for loss. His two sacks also lead the SEC for linebackers and are third overall in the conference.

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