Bulldogs Beat

Chubb named SEC freshman of the year

ATHENS - Nick Chubb began the season as Todd Gurley's backup, and spent half the season in that role. But Chubb is finishing the year with plenty of official recognition in his own right.

Chubb was named the SEC freshman of the year by the Associated Press on Monday, and made first-team All-SEC, in voting by a panel of AP voters. Chubb is second in the SEC with 1,281 rushing yards, trailing only Auburn's Cameron Artis-Payne, the other tailback on the first team.

Amarlo Herrera, an inside linebacker, was Georgia's other first-team pick. Herrera, a senior, is third in the SEC with 112 tackles.

Four other Georgia players were named to the second-team: Senior center David Andrews, sophomore guard Greg Pyke, senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and senior cornerback Damian Swann.

Four more made honorable mention: Junior tackle John Theus, junior kicker Marshall Morgan, sophomore outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and sophomore safety Quincy Mauger.

Here is a link to the entire list.

Chubb is Georgia's second tailback to be SEC freshman of the year in the past four years: Isaiah Crowell won it after the 2011 season.

Gurley also had a spectacular freshman season in 2012, but Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was SEC freshman of the year on his way to also winning the Heisman Trophy.

In other award news, Andrews was named one of six national finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's top center. Auburn's Reese Dismukes, who was the first-team All-SEC center, is another finalist.