Add another honor to the list for Kirby Smart and the 2017 Georgia Bulldogs.
Friday morning, the Maxwell Football Club announced it has chosen Smart as its Coach of the Year for the recently completed college football season.
In his second season as the coach in Athens, Smart accelerated the Bulldogs turnaround. Georgia went undefeated in the SEC East, won the SEC Championship Game, was selected for the College Football Playoff, won the Rose Bowl in a double-overtime classic, and played in the National Championship Game.
Georgia finished the season 13-2 overall and 7-1 in SEC play. Smart also is in the process of building a top-ranked recruiting class in Athens; Georgia sits just a couple of points behind Ohio State for the No. 1 spot as National Signing Day approaches.
The Maxwell Football Club also gives end-of-season player awards every year, and the winners came from players the Bulldogs faced during the College Football Playoff. Baker Mayfield won the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top player, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, one of Smart’s former players at Alabama, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive players.
All three will be honored by the club at a gala in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 9.