Dawgs Continue Practice for Capital One Bowl

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

Six Georgia players made the coaches' All-SEC team, which was announced Tuesday.

Running back Knowshon Moreno was a unanimous selection to the team, one day after earning a similar honor from the Associated Press. Linebacker Rennie Curran and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi also earned first-team nods.

"It's always great to get some recognition, but it was a team effort," said Massaquoi, who has 910 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season. "I'm just real happy."

Massaquoi's fellow receiver, A.J. Green, earned a second-team nod from the coaches after making the AP's first-team roster Monday. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and punter Brian Mimbs also earned second-team honors from the coaches.

Curran learned of the honor after completing practice Tuesday and said he was humbled to be mentioned among the other top linebackers in the conference.

"It's crazy to even think about I'm only a sophomore, and I feel like I've still got a million things to work on and a lot of strides to make," Curran said. "It's definitely a tribute to the hard work and the extra time in the film room and the extra plates in the weight room and everything like that. It feels good."


While Moreno has already locked up two All-SEC honors, he could add some national hardware to his collection Thursday when the winners of the annual Doak Walker award are announced in Orlando, Fla.

Moreno, who has 1,338 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground this season, is one of three finalists for the award, which is given each year to the nation's top running back. Iowa's Shonn Green and

Michigan State's Javon Ringer are the other finalists.

"I'm definitely excited just to be out there in the top three," Moreno said. "It's an awesome time to get out there, have a good time, and we'll see what happens."

Ringer is not only Moreno's competition for the Doak Walker award, but the two will also face off in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. Moreno, however, said he won't be doing any early scouting of his future opponent at the awards ceremony.

"It's just a time to enjoy it and have a good time with all the guys that are going to be there."


Fullback Brannan Southerland was in a green non-contact jersey during Tuesday's abbreviated practice, and head coach Mark Richt said the senior isn't likely to participate in a full practice until the team heads to Orlando on Dec. 26.

Southerland missed Georgia's first four games with a foot injury, which required two offseason surgeries, but is currently suffering from a sore knee that is not related to the previous injury.

"He might practice before we leave town," Richt said, "but more than likely he won't be full speed until we get (to Orlando)."

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