The AP has named Georgia junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith as its SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bulldogs best defensive player and leader is fresh off of a monster performance in the SEC Championship Game, in which his 13 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 fumble recoveries earned him MVP accolades after Georgia’s 28-7 title win.
Smith also won the Dick Butkus Award on Sunday night in a surprise ceremony during Georgia’s end-of-season awards gala.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and freshman quarterback Jake Fromm also received SEC honors form the AP.
Smart was named Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff in his second year in Athens.
Fromm and his quarterback counterpart in the SEC title game, Jarrett Stidham, were both selected as Newcomers of the Year in the conference.
The Bulldogs also landed a handful of players on the AP’s All-SEC first and second teams.
Isaiah Wynn was selected to the first-team All-SEC offense, and Smith was selected to the All-SEC first-team defense. Nick Chubb made the second-team All-SEC offense, and Mecole Hardman made the second team as an all-purpose player. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter and defensive back J.R. Reed landed on the second-team defense.