Battle and Stafford Earn SEC Honors

ATHENS - Following Georgia¹s 37-15 win over No. 5 Auburn, rover Tra Battle and quarterback Matthew Stafford both earned awards from the SEC office on Monday.

Battle was named the SEC¹s Defensive Player of the Week, while Stafford was named the league¹s Freshman of the Week.

Battle tied a school-record with three interceptions on Saturday ­ all inthe first half. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown (30 yards) to help the Bulldogs take an impressive 30-7 halftime lead. Overall,Georgia (7-4, 4-4 in SEC) held Auburn to just 171 yards of total offense. Also, the Bulldog defense limited Auburn to only 35 yards passing on four completions while registering four sacks. Battle tallied four tackles and one pass break up. Battle¹s three interceptions were the most in a game by a Bulldog since 1982 when Terry Hoage had three against Vanderbilt. Battle has a team-leading six interceptions this season and eight for his career.

Stafford completed 14 of 20 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown against the Tigers. He also tallied 83 yards rushing on seven attempts with a score. In the first half, he competed 10 of 15 passes for 170 yards, which included a career-long 53-yard completion to A.J. Bryant on the Bulldogs¹ first possession of the game.

Georgia is off this week and will conclude its regular season on Nov. 25 with a home game against No. 18 Georgia Tech.


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