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July 21 2018, 12:19 | Irvin Gilbert
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The Georgia Bulldogs are going to the College Football Playoff, set to face Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Semifinal after winning the SEC Championship against Auburn last Saturday.
Junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith was named SEC defensive player of the year. Smith, who became Georgia's first Butkus Award victor over the weekend as the nation's top linebacker, is also a finalist for the Bednarik Award and that victor will be announced at the ESPN College Football Awards ceremony on Thursday night. Georgia swept its Eastern Division opposition for the first time since the league went to divisional play in 1992, and the Bulldogs atoned for their lone loss - a 40-17 whipping at Auburn on November 11 - by pulling away last Saturday at the SEC title game in Atlanta for a 28-7 thumping of the Tigers.
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Jake Fromm, the Houston Country product, was named SEC freshman of the year. Fromm has thrown for 2,173 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, and he ranks sixth nationally in passing efficiency. That gives him another $50,000 on top of $900,000 in bonuses already triggered by the Bulldogs' run this season. Fromm, a true freshman from Warner Robins, Ga., shared his Newcomer honor with Auburn sophomore Jarrett Stidham, giving Georgia its first of this kind since Nick Chubb won it in 2014. LSU quarterback Danny Etling is scholar-athlete of the year and Auburn offensive guard Braden Smith won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
In his two years at Georgia he is 20-6 and now his team has a shot at a national title. Smith is the first defensive player of the year for Georgia since David Pollack in 2004.