For the third straight game, a Georgia player has been recognized by the SEC for his performance. This time, it was Georgia outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari.
The redshirt sophomore outside linebacker picked up two sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one in Georgia’s 44-21 win over the Tennessee Volunteers. Ojulari totaled five tackles in the game and helped hold the Volunteers to -1 rushing yards in the victory.
“It was pretty big and we needed that coming off halftime,” Ojulari said of his strip-sack. “We definitely needed that momentum shift. It put the offense in a great position to put some points on the board. It was a big moment and just great.”
Ojulari leads the Georgia team in sacks so far with 3.0. As a team, Georgia has 10.0 sacks through the first three games of the season, including 5.0 against the Volunteers.
Georgia though will need another big performance from Ojulari and the Georgia front seven this week, as the Bulldogs face another strong offensive line in Alabama.
“They’re just massive,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “They’ve got tackles that are bigger than Andrew (Thomas) and Isaiah (Wilson) in a lot of ways. It’s just a big group. They can swallow you up. They can move you; they can mash you.”
It will be a strength on strength matchup this week, as the Bulldogs have the No. 1 defense in the SEC, while the Alabama Crimson Tide have the top offensive unit.
And whichever unit gets the upper hand will go a long way in determining the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.
The last time these two met, Ojulari did not play in the game as it came during his freshman season.
Other award winners for Georgia this season include Ben Cleveland as the Offensive Lineman of the week for his performance against Auburn and Jake Camarda won Special Teams Player of the Week for his game against Arkansas.
Georgia and Alabama meet at 8 p.m ET on CBS on Saturday.
Georgia OLB Azeez Ojulari recaps his Georgia football win against Tennessee
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