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Ganus Grabs Big UGA Award

ATHENS - The list of winners of Georgia’s Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player award since 2007 is pretty impressive.

It includes four first-round NFL draft picks (A.J. Green, Matthew Stafford, Jarvis Jones and Knowshon Moreno) and two offensive linemen and a quarterback in the NFL (Ben Jones, David Andrews and Aaron Murray).

Add to it Jake Ganus.

A year ago, the inside linebacker was without a team after UAB shut down its program.   He wasn’t sure if Georgia would have a scholarship for him. He arrived in January but didn’t run with the starting unit on defense until preseason practices.

The senior was named the team MVP at the team gala last Saturday.

“ I knew I was going to work hard, that’s how I’m built,” Ganus said. “I just did everything I could to be successful. I got a little more success than I thought I was going to get, which is always good. I always find a way to exceed my own expectations. I’m happy but I want to go out with a win.”

Ganus leads Georgia with 96 tackles and is tied for second on the team with two interceptions. He was named a defensive captain along with linebacker Jordan Jenkins.

“When I came in here, I was kind of an unorthodox linebacker,” he said. “I was skinny. I played a lot different than I do now.”

The 6-foot-2 Ganus now weighs 232 pounds, up some 15 from a year ago.

“I didn’t use my hands, I didn’t try to get off blocks,” he said of the growth he had under now departed position coach Mike Ekeler. “I just tried to run around them. Now it’s all about getting off blocks and making tackles.”


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