ATHENS – Teammates who have done less for Georgia this season than senior linebacker Tony Taylor have spent the last month being lauded for their play.
Defensive end Quentin Moses
, offensive lineman Daniel Inman
and tight end Martrez Milner
all were named first-team All-SEC by the coaches or media. The best Taylor could do was second team, despite leading the Bulldogs with 87 tackles and also snagging six interceptions.
Taylor, though, seems to have hardly noticed.
"My goals coming into the season were to help the team, stay healthy and be out on the field," he said. "To not be on the first team or whatever, it's not even really a thought. I just try to go about my business. You can't get caught up on that stuff."
Georgia coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez both think Taylor didn't have enough preseason name recognition to be properly appreciated for the season he had.
"Sometimes you have to have a little momentum going in," Richt said. "I think if he had two years back-to-back like that he would have had a better shot. Sometimes you have to do it two years a row to get people's attention."