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Three Bulldogs are semifinalists for national awards

Isaiah Wynn lifts Nick Chubb in the air during Georgia’s win over Florida.
Isaiah Wynn lifts Nick Chubb in the air during Georgia’s win over Florida. The Telegraph

Georgia has a trio of players up for postseason awards.

The Maxwell, Bednarik and Butkus Awards all announced their semifinalists, with the Bulldogs getting three representatives on the lists.

Georgia running back Nick Chubb is one of 18 players up for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the collegiate player of the year. For the season, Chubb has totaled 120 carries for 765 yards and nine touchdowns. Chubb’s season total, to date, is No. 1 in the SEC.

Inside linebacker Roquan Smith is one of 18 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which is named after former Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik. This honor goes to the most outstanding defensive player in college football.

For the season, Smith has totaled 61 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Smith was named a midseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News and ESPN.

Semifinalist voting for the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award began Tuesday and will go until Nov. 19.

Smith and outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter saw their names as semifinalists for the the Butkus Award. The Butkus Award, named after former Illinois and Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, goes to the nation’s top college linebacker. Smith and Carter are two of 15 players up for the award.

Carter has totaled 30 tackles and four sacks this season. Finalists for the Butkus Award will be announced on Nov. 20 and the winner will be revealed on Dec. 5.

“We have talked a long time about team success equals individual success,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “I think a lot of these kids on this team are deserving of some of those individual accolades, but you do not usually get them unless you have team success first. I think some of the team offense, defense and special teams success can lead to some recognition, but to win it you have to play well. You have to certainly be a very productive player, and both of those young men have been that.”

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