Florida Week: Monday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

LITTLE GIVE, LITTLE TAKE: Georgia hopes the fumble Darryl Gamble caused and Dannell Ellerbe recovered against Vanderbilt starts a trend.

Only one team in the nation, Marshall, has created fewer turnovers than the Bulldogs' six. Marshall has gained only three this season.

"That's not Georgia defense," linebacker Brandon Miller said. "We pride ourselves on turnovers."

The good news for the Bulldogs is they have turned the ball over the fewest times in the nation. Georgia has lost only four interceptions and one fumble this year. Holding onto the football was a point of emphasis after last year, when Georgia turned the ball over an SEC-worst 31 times, head coach Mark Richt said.

Florida, which Georgia plays Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., has a similar situation. The Gators are 111th in the nation in forced turnovers with eight and fifth in turnovers with seven.

MACON NATIVE HONORED: Mack Guest III, a graduate of Central High School, was given the Bill Hartman Award this weekend. The award is one of the highest given by the Georgia Athletic Association and is named after the late Bulldogs kicking coach. It honors graduates who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or service to others by 20 or more years of work after graduation.

"Coach Hartman was someone I really respected, so it's a tremendous honor to win an award that is named for him," Guest said. "He left such a great legacy. When he talked, everyone listened. This means so much to me."

Guest is the president of LAD Truck Lines Inc. He will be presented his award at the Nov. 10 football game against Auburn.

Guest was an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs from 1976-78 and was the offensive captain of the 1978 team that went 9-2-1. He also was named All-SEC that year.

"Mack epitomizes everything Coach Hartman stood for – loyalty and support of the University of Georgia and the Bulldogs," athletics director Damon Evans said.

AROUND THE SEC: Macon native Kareem Jackson, a graduate of Westside High School, was named the SEC's freshman of the week Monday. Jackson, a cornerback at Alabama, had two interceptions and six tackles in a 41-17 Crimson Tide win over Tennessee on Saturday.


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