Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game: SEC Championship

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Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game: SEC Championship

Offensive Player

Carson Beck – We’re not sure if Carson Beck will be back next year or not, but his performance this year separated him from the average college quarterback. Carson’s completion rate is ahead of the front runner for the Heisman, LSU’s Jayden Daniels, and that is pretty good company even though you have not heard Carson mentioned once in the Heisman talk. Carson‘s performance in the SEC Championship against one of the nation’s best defenses was evident by his completion rate of 21 of 29 for 243 yards. Carson has a big decision to make on whether to take the next step in his career and go to the NFL or come back and lead the Bulldogs and another quest for a national championship. Either way, Carson is a damn good dog and we wouldn’t have been in the SEC championship without his consistent performance all season long.





Defensive Player

Malaki Starks – The sophomore DB from Jefferson Georgia, continued to show why he is one of the best DBs in the country. His performance against Alabama mirrored most of his performances this year. Starks had eight tackles against Alabama, and a pass deflection in a game that challenged him on each and every play. Malaki is a tremendous athlete and more importantly has been a leader for the Bulldogs defense since he stepped on campus. He will be one of the top rated DBs in the country next year, and we will need his performance and leadership to maintain the standard that has been set at the University of Georgia.

Special team Player





Brett Thorson – The thunder from down under keeps getting better every week, and Georgia is very thankful for his consistent punting all season long. In his second year as a Bulldog, Brett executed something that truly defines a great punt team and punter. Our opponents, after 13 games, had zero return yards against the Bulldogs in the 2023 season. This is a totally unbelievable stat that shows the execution and determination of 11 players on the punt team every single game this year. Having only two touchbacks makes this statistics even more incredible. Thorson is a force for the Bulldogs and we look forward to seeing him return for the 2024 season.

Unsung Hero of the Game

I’m not really sure where to go with this one this week, but I’d like to believe that the culture is the most important unsung factor that has been created under Coach Kirby Smart. As Georgia prepares for their bowl game against FSU, the team, the coaches and the staff will have to rely on the dedication and commitment that the true Bulldogs will have leading into the bowl game. If my prediction is correct, in the words of a good high school coach, I once had at Roswell High School, “We’re going to see where our future is leading us by the performance of our young players in a real game.” It’s time for our junior varsity team to step up and assume the varsity role.





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