Jan. 13, 2012
Jones, a redshirt sophomore outside linebacker, has earned the 2011 College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Trophy for being one of the nation’s top performers at his position. Former Bulldog and current Kansas City Chief Justin Houston won the award in 2010.
Boyin, a senior cornerback/return specialist, has advanced to the finals of the All-Star Performance of the Year after earning Most Valuable Player Honors at the 2012 Outback Bowl.
Jones, a 6-3, 241-pound native of Columbus, Ga., started all 14 games for the Bulldogs and finished with a Southeastern Conference-leading 13.5 sacks this season, which ranks second all-time in school history and fifth in the NCAA this year. The consensus First Team All-American was a Butkus Award finalist under Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Piling up a league-leading 19.5 tackles for loss of 103 yards in his first season playing for Georgia, Jones finished second on the team with 70 tackles. He helped the Bulldogs finish second in the SEC with 35 sacks in 2011, third in Rushing Defense (101.2 yards/game) and fourth in the Total Defense (277.2).
Boykin, a 5-10, 183-pound native of Fayetteville, Ga., has been named a finalist for the Defensive Performance of the Year following the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 2. Boykin was named the game’s overall Most Valuable Player despite No. 18 Georgia’s 33-30 overtime loss to No. 12 Michigan State following an outstanding performance on defense, special teams and offense.
On the Spartans’ first play on offense, Boykin recorded a safety. He extended the Bulldogs’ lead in the first half on a bowl record-breaking 92-yard punt return for a touchdown. Boykin then helped Georgia recapture the lead in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Aaron Murray.
In addition, Boykin finished with four kickoff returns for 70 yards, giving him a school record 2,663 yards (No. 2 all-time in the SEC) on 110 returns (24.21 yards/return). The Bulldogs starting cornerback was also fourth on the team with seven tackles, including two for loss, and had two carries for eight yards against the Spartans.
All-Star Performances of the Year is a four-month competition that lets fans determine which individual performances reign supreme during the 2011 college football season. Each top weekly vote-getter proceeds to the Finals, which run Jan. 15-22, and the winners will be revealed during the All-Star Football Challenge special airing at 7 p.m. ET Feb. 3 on ESPN2.
Boykin will compete against 17 other finalists, which were announced weekly from the start of the season until after the bowl season. To learn more about any of these incredible performances and to vote for any of the nominated players, visit www.Facebook.com/AllStarFootball <http://www.facebook.com/AllStarFootball>.
Fans can vote as often as they would like in each category and can share their vote with Facebook friends. Week 18 voting opened today and ends Sunday, Jan 15, at 9:59 a.m. ET.