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Aaron Schunk wins the John Olerud 2-Way Player of the Year Award
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Aaron Schunk wins the John Olerud 2-Way Player of the Year Award

Aaron Schunk wins the John Olerud 2-Way Player of the Year Award

Aaron Schunk wins the John Olerud 2-Way Player of the Year Award


ATHENS-----University of Georgia All-American Aaron Schunk has been named the 2019 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, the College Baseball Foundation announced Thursday.

 

“In the end, we felt that Aaron’s impact on the mound, where he factored in the decision in 15 of his 17 appearances, his steady bat and his outstanding play at third base put him just a tick above the others,” said George Watson, chairman of the Olerud Award selection committee. “Plus his ability to positively affect the lives of others off the field makes him the perfect example of what the Olerud Award is all about. We are excited to see what the future holds for him.”

 

A second-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Schunk helped lead the Bulldogs to a No. 4 National Seed in the NCAA Tournament and a final record of 46-17. He became the first Bulldog in nine years to capture the “Triple Crown,” leading the team with a .339 average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. On the mound, he tallied 12 saves to go with a 1-2 record and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances. Earlier this week, Schunk was named a first team All-American as a utility player by Baseball America along with other multiple All-America and All-Region squads by various outlets. Additionally, Schunk is a Dean’s List student and a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He earned a spot on the 2019 SEC Community Service Team. Schunk signed a professional contract with the Rockies earlier this week.

 

“We are honored that Aaron has been selected as this year's John Olerud Award winner,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. “It's a tremendous accomplishment for him and well-deserved. He's been an outstanding representative of the Georgia baseball program on and off the field throughout his career.” 

 

The John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The College Baseball Foundation (CBF) will present Schunk the 2019 award later this year. The other finalists this year were Will Mattiessen (Stanford), Alec Burleson (East Carolina), Tristin English (Ga. Tech) and Davis Sharpe (Clemson).

 

Schunk is the first Bulldog to win the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Previous winners of the award include Mike McGee (2010-FSU); Danny Hultzen (2011-Virginia), Brian Johnson (2012-Florida), Marco Gonzales (2013-Gonzaga), A.J. Reed (2014-Kentucky), Brendan McKay (2015-17-Louisville) and Brooks Wilson (2018-Stetson). For more information on the CBF’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Georgia football bowl projections heading into the home stretch Georgia football will be playing in a bowl game this year. Even if the Bulldogs somehow lose their final three regular-season games, Georgia will still finish 8-4. Of course, the Bulldogs will be aiming to finish much higher than that. Should the Bulldogs win one of their final two SEC games, Georgia will play in the SEC championship game. And as Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings told us, Georgia is very much still in the playoff discussion. To stay in the top four Georgia must win out, which would include wins over No. 12 Auburn and No. 1 LSU. But those options are still on the table, however unlikely that might be. So with only a handful of options still on the table, let's look at where Georgia may end up playing in December (or January). The 2019 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Dec. 28 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Atlanta How Georgia gets there: Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Have Ohio State lose a game but still win the Big Ten. Hope the committee values Georgia's wins over Clemson's potential unbeaten record. Why it might happen:This is the dream scenario. This is one of the two College Football Playoff games and it will be played in Atlanta. Georgia would need a lot of chaos to move up to the No. 1 spot, but college football is a sport built on chaos. Ohio State has losable games against Michigan and Penn State. Clemson struggled with North Carolina earlier this year and plays a 7-2 Wake Forest team this weekend. To quote Kevin Garnett, ' ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.' Why it might not:Even if this is supposed to be a neutral site game as well as the site of the SEC championship game it won't be if Georgia is playing in it. And I highly doubt the College Football Playoff committee is going to want to reward an unbeaten Ohio State or Clemson by matching them up against a one-loss SEC champ Georgia in the Bulldogs' backyard. Seeing as how Atlanta is much closer to Clemson, S.C., and Columbus, Ohio, that would likely be the first choice for either of the schools. And as illustrated in the 'how Georgia gets there' section, the Bulldogs would need to win out and have quite a bit of chaos happen. Chances of playing in this game:5 percent Related: If Georgia football wants to win beat Auburn, it starts with blocking Derrick Brown The 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 28, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Glendale, Az., How Georgia gets there:Beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and LSU. Why it might happen: This is the other College Football Playoff game. If Georgia wins out, it seems clear the committee is going to put them in the College Football Playoff. And given that Georgia would have a head-to-head win over LSU, the committee probably puts the Bulldogs ahead of the Tigers and makes them the No. 3 team. The most likely scenario here would be Georgia playing an unbeaten Clemson, assuming the Tigers and the Buckeyes also win out. Why it might not happen: Did you see what LSU did this past weekend? To quote Marcus Spears, 'They went into Bryant-Denny and put 46 points on the board.' And even before that Georgia has to get past a tough Auburn team. Kirby Smart's record against SEC West teams on the road is not what you want going into this game. But Georgia has beaten the likes of Florida and Notre Dame already, making this the more likely of the two College Football Playoff scenarios. Chances of playing in this game:20 percent *Of note here: ESPN's Playoff predictor gives Georgia a 25 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff The 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl: Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. in New Orleans How Georgia gets there: Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC team not to make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: Georgia would have to get to the SEC championship game with an 11-1 record to LSU and then lose that game. But that's only half the battle. To get to New Orleans, Georgia would need the College Football Playoff committee to decide that Alabama is one of the four best teams in the country. That would mean it likely needs a two-lose PAC 12 champion as well as possibly a two-loss Big 12 champion. There's also the chance that Georgia loses to Auburn, beats Texas A&M and then beats LSU in the SEC championship game to finish. That gets very murky though, and it's not a guarantee that Georgia would be ranked above the Crimson Tide. There's also a scenario where Auburn beats Alabama and Georiga 10-2 Auburn team would be a very compelling Sugar Bowl pick. Why it might not happen: It would need a whole lot of chaos, as outlined above. There's no way a two-loss Georgia team that fails to win the SEC championship is ranked above a one-loss Alabama team. Chances of playing in this game:2 percent The 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl: Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Miami Gardens, Fla. How Georgia gets there: Georgia beats Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech but loses to LSU. Georgia would also finish behind an Alabama team that does not make the College Football Playoff. Why it might happen: This is by far the most likely scenario in play. Just going by likely Vegas odds, this is how many will likely predict the Georgia season to finish. Assuming LSU, Clemson and Ohio State win out, a big assumption to be sure, and Oregon and Utah meet in the Pac-12 title game with one-loss each, those are your most likely four playoff teams. Georgia would likely get picked for this game, given the Bulldogs haven't played in the game since 1960 and there might be some interest to attend the bowl game in South Florida. Why this might not happen: Beating Texas A&M and Auburn is no easy task. There is also the chance that the Orange Bowl could choose a two-loss Michigan to play in the game if the Wolverines are able to beat the Buckeyes at the end of the season. Chances of playing in this game:70 percent The Georgia football misses the SEC championship game scenario How Georgia gets there: The Bulldogs lose to Auburn and Texas A&M. Florida beats Missouri, thus putting the Gators into the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs very likely drop out of the top-10 and likely find themselves trending towards say the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. That game would be played on Jan. 1 and would pit Georgia up against a Big Ten or ACC team. Why it might happen: Auburn and Texas A&M are good teams! Anything can happen, as evidenced by Georgia's loss to South Carolina earlier this season. Why it might not happen: Georgia is also a good team, and will likely be favored in both games. Chances of this happening: Let's say 3 percent to get to an even 100. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart has a chance to answer a major question if Georgia football can get an SEC West road win Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking Georgia star Anthony Edwards making Bulldogs' basketball fun, but Tom Crean wants more Dawgs on Twitter Leading by example #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/IUe7ycBS23 Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 13, 2019 After dropping 24 and 29 points in the first two games of the season, Anthony Edwards has become the leading scorer in the SEC! pic.twitter.com/zWRE5Se1QF Georgia Hoops Fans (@UGAHoopsBlog) November 13, 2019 Homegrown from Atlanta, GA. Welcome to #DawgNation, @Swdkd10 #GoDawgs | #CommittedToTheG pic.twitter.com/KY1Ht2UoJY Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) November 13, 2019 #DawgsOnTop Gabby Connally, Maya Caldwell, and Jenna Staiti combine for 45 points in the #UGA win! FINAL: #Georgia 72 NC A&T 54 #GoDawgs | #Alzati pic.twitter.com/X3CwUFBhBm Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) November 14, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day look at him go, whalefact pic.twitter.com/N7G2uWMsym WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) November 13, 2019 The post Handicapping Georgia football bowl game options heading into key November stretch appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Jalen Kimbercould be the most under-the-radar All-American on the Georgia commitment board for this cycle. The most vicarious DawgNation readers might not know his story chapter and verse, but they should. He has a Purple Heart recipient in his immediate family. Another Kimber once completed a full 26.2-mile marathon when he was six years old. That is the real-life stuff that balances out all the known elements about how well he can play football. Here's the speed read: He will enroll early in January to resupply the talent in Kirby Smart's secondary. When he chose Georgia he saw no need to draw out his process, he knew Georgia just felt like home . He committed to UGA and took a victory lap official visit back on G-Day. Kimber ranks as the No. 6 cornerback and No. 84 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) among the national ratings for 2020. He was a steady climber up the recruiting rankings this year. When he chose UGA, he was only slotted as the nation's No. 16 cornerback prospect. The Bulldogs only have a handful of commitments that hold the same promise he does. He's currently the seventh-highest rated recruit in the 2020 class. The program only has commitments from two defensive players which rate higher than Kimber does currently. Georgia coach Kirby Smart has told him they'd like to see him report to Athens at around 175 pounds. There's no pressure there with that. The Bulldogs would rather him retain the type of elite athleticism and speed he displayed below rather than show up with bad weight. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior is the definition of an elite athlete. Check out his testing numbers below from The Opening finals this summer. His testing rating is in the Nick Chubb and Nolan Smith lane from that event. First day at the opening in the books. pic.twitter.com/hyYyVEn95X JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) July 2, 2019 Kimber was presented with his All-American Bowl jersey on Tuesday. It was a special moment before the entire Mansfield Timberview High School community. What stood out to him about that? 'Just being able to be a part of something great,' Kimber said. 'Not many people get to do this so I am just cherishing everything really.' Kimber has wanted to be in the All-American Game for quite some time. 'It was from the time I did the FBU [Football University) camp I wanted to do it,' he said. 'When I found out about it, that was something that I wanted to play in and really be a part of.' RELATED: The Jalen Kimber 'Boogieland' DawgNation feature story reflects a promise made and a promise kept to a beloved fallen member who has since passed on Jalen Kimber: His senior season so far Kimber and his Wolves are 6-4 on the season. The first game of their playoffs in Texas is on Thursday. He played all over the secondary in off-season camps. Kimber was a slot corner in some elite events and at safety in others. He's bounced around during his senior year, too. 'For the first five games this year I was playing safety because our starting safety got hurt,' he said. 'But I'm back at cornerback now so. I'm just following the best receiver since it is the playoffs now. Just following the best man and locking him down.' His true calling might be at cornerback. He has the size, length and athleticism to log a lot of time there in the Georgia secondary. He will also be on campus in less than 60 days. Kimber will play in the All-American Bowl on January 4th. Then he flies to Athens to join the UGA program the next day. 'Just getting prepared for it,' he said. 'Just starting a new life really. Just ready to take in everything these last few months and get ready for college.' He cites his father, Art Kimber, as a person that has made a difference in his life up to this point. 'Just being a mentor,' Jalen Kimber said. 'Just being there for me every step of the way and always pushing me to be the best and to be at my best. Just to work hard through everything really.' Jalen Kimber: Locked into being a Bulldog Kimber is not the type to go hard in the paint to recruit guys to join him. He wants to play with great players, but he is not over-the-top with it. That's just not his personality. 'I just hope we finish strong,' he said. 'Either we jump up in the rankings more or just stay where we are at. Just finish strong really.' That said, he would still love to play with 5-star CB target Kelee Ringo. Ringo is the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect for 2020. If Ringo winds up in Athens, it will be exciting for Kimber to see what they can do to QB ratings in the SEC. 'I'm really motivated by that,' Kimber said. 'Because that could be one of the best duos in college football if we are both able to play on that stage.' He's gotten to know the Georgia class as a whole through camp showcases, campus visits and from the 2020 commit group text thread. With all those interactions, he said a future Georgia quarterback really stands out. That would be 4-star Carson Beck. That was the name he brought up of a future teammate who has really impressed him. 'Mostly Carson,' he said. 'It starts with the quarterback. He's the leader and I got to watch him at The Opening and stuff like that. I feel like he is one of those guys and one of those really good guys.' When recruiters try to ask about any chance of considering any school other than UGA, he has a go-to response. 'I don't turn them down,' he said. 'Because I like to keep relationships positive. I don't ever want to burn any bridges or anything like that. But I'm really locked down with Georgia and 100 percent committed. I just tell them that and don't try to burn any bridges.' Jalen Kimber: It comes full circle with the All-American Bowl If he comes across as a polished young man, then that is as it should. His father displayed one of the most detailed and efficient methods for organizing the data that comes at recruits 100 miles per hour on recruiting trail. Especially with the many recruiting trips than an elite prospect will endure. Art Kimber, a former athlete, is now a driven professional. But that's the way his whole life has gone. He was somehow able to complete a full marathon of 26.2 miles at six years of age. 'Five hours, eight minutes and five seconds exactly,' he said. The son is a reflection of the father. That works between Jalen and his father. It also relates to Art and his father. Jalen's grandfather, Art Sr., is a two-time Purple Heart recipient. His military file includes a pair of Vietnam service medals, a Bronze Star, and a Presidential unit citation. Jalen is motivated to 'make it' in football. A lot of his peers do feel the same way, but he has a personal promise to keep. It goes back to his roots in Chicago and a very special lady. That was his beloved grandmother Renee Kimber. That's why he works so hard to be great. 'For my grandmother,' he said earlier this year. 'She passed three years ago right before I moved down to Texas. I made a promise to her. I am going to keep it. That is the main reason why I play football.' He grew up in an environment that wasn't so positive. That was the description he used. Football was a way out. That's what his grandmother wanted it to be for him.She wasn't a football fan but simply favored athletics as an outlet to escape those circumstances. 'She passed but I am still going to uphold that promise and do everything I can,' he said. 'That's my family and my grandfather still lives out there.' He will say a prayer before every game. 'Then I will look up to the sky and talk to her,' he said. Kimber is a unique member of the All-American Bowl family. He was named the MVP at his first 'FBU' camp back in Chicago. He went on to be named an Eastbay All-American from the 'FBU' circuit. He played in the All-American Bowl Freshman All-American Game back in 2017. It goes back to that sixth-grade day. That's when he first head about the All-American Bowl. It was known as the U.S. Army All-American Game back then. 'He said Dad I am going to play in that game one day' as soon as he heard about it,' Art Kimber said. The fact he lives in Texas in the Dallas Metro area has allowed him to attend that game, too. 'He's been to that game three times to watch it and now he gets to play in it,' his father said. Check out the DawgNation conversation with Kimber from this summer below. The post Prized Georgia CB commit Jalen Kimber is officially an All-American appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Spend five minutes talking to Georgia senior receiver Tyler Simmons, and you can understand why any coach or quarterback would want the ball in his hands. It's clear Simmons is going to be successful at anything in life he chooses after football, but right now the senior captain is focused on helping the Bulldogs win a championship. Simmons is willing to do anything for his team and he has from his special teams expertise, to his downfield blocking and leadership in the receivers room. But football is not always fair, and Simmons has had the misfortune of playing most of the past two seasons in a shoulder brace that has limited his range of motion. There's pain, too, but Simmons accepts that's part of the game. 'Of course, it's football, (pain) comes with the game,' said Simmons, who injured his shoulder the second game of the season. 'You can either sit out and miss those opportunities, or you can go and do what you can do.' This was supposed to be Simmons' season to breakout and use his elite speed to make plays with the ball in his hands. Instead, he's dealt with the regret of missing a pass in overtime against South Carolina that ended up in the hands of a Gamecocks defensive back. Simmons talked to the media for the first time since the difficult loss to South Carolina. Simmons took full accountability while providing insight into Georgia's biggest game of the season, a 3:30 p.m. match with Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. On how he has dealt with adversity of this season TS: 'At the end of the road there's still a plan for me, everything happens for a reason. Of course I got down on myself for a little bit, but you just have to keep pushing. You're either going to dwell on the past or keep pushing for a better future, and that's what I've been doing, keeping a positive mindset and telling younger guys that are stepping up to play, to take advantage of those opportunities because that's big.' On the role teammates played in Simmons bouncing back TS: 'It happens, it's part of the game, I took my eyes off the ball and that's what happens. That was the consequence, dropping the ball. Of course I learn from my mistakes and just try to move on and get better. It is (hard to get over) but as I said, at the end of the day, you can either dwell on the past or get better for the future. '(Teammates) gave me a lot of support, of course they were mad at first, like anybody would be, but they were there to pick my head up when I was down, and tell me to get better for the next opportunity. I've been doing a great job blocking and on special teams, and just playing my part and taking advantage of my opportunities on the field.' On what comes to his mind this week with the game at Auburn TS: '2017, on the road, the energy there, the fans, the environment, how Auburn feeds off the crowd. Just honing in on the details and staying focused. We do a lot of crowd noise during the week to prepare ourselves for that and Jake (Fromm) is doing different things to stay in control of the snap count. '(2017 crowd noise) I feel like it really did (affect us) and the way they fed off the energy of the crowd, it kind of demoralized us and they took off with that. On how teammate Lawrence Cager has emerged despite a shoulder injury TS: 'He's definitely not missing opportunities. He's live and well at practice, he's moving around great, and he's been great this week. He's made some big plays and we're looking to him to play this weekend. 'I think he'll definitely be on the field and it's great having Cager out there. He's great on third down plays, he's always made them since he got here. That's his game style, he takes pride in being one of the best receivers in the SEC and he takes pride in not many DBs in the SEC being able to guard him. He really enjoys the game and he loves helping the team and he does that any way he can. On if he has talked to George Pickens about his emotions, and what Pickens brings TS: 'I've talked to Pickens just because I know he was committed there for a minute, and I know his emotions are going to be going wild, and we're going to need him to make some big plays, so I'm telling him to stay level-headed and hone in on details and do what you need to do. 'George brings a lot of energy a lot of energy he is the energy of the receiver room. He comes in, he's always in a pretty good mood, and he comes in and he loves football, he loves the game of football. He loves coming in and watching film, he's just a student of the game. 'Seeing him make those plays, it kind of encourages other guys to bring juice and make it a competition a little bit. You see George make a play and kind of celebrate, and it's now I want to make a play and celebrate. So be brings competition and energy. '(Talking) is just a part of his game. He likes to get in the DBs heads, he likes to do a little talking now and then, and that's just a part of his game and how he keeps himself going. I don't have any problem with it as long as he's making plays and he isn't doing anything to hurt the team. 'He was pretty understanding about the whole situation, he's not a bad or defiant kid, so he's pretty understanding about what I had to say to him.' On how the team is handling and views the CFP Rankings TS: 'We kind of look at it as a distraction right now. We just try to focus on every week, and focus on getting better and four on us. Try to block all the outside things out and just hone in on the details. Coach Smart emphasizes that a lot, just honing in on us, we don't worry about the outside sources. We just want to get better and focus on us.' Simmons was one of the team's Players of the Week Our Game 9 players of the week !! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/7PMxaQKQcM Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) November 11, 2019 Georgia WR Tyler Simmons Georgia football stories from DawgNation Will Muschamp discusses Georgia and Alabama UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post WATCH: Georgia's Tyler Simmons overcomes adversity, providing textbook examples of leadership and resilience appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Hawks guard Kevin Huerter is returning to Atlanta after injuring his left shoulder in a victory over Denver. The team announced Wednesday that Huerter underwent an MRI in Denver after being hurt the previous night in a 125-121 victory over the Nuggets. Physicians in Atlanta will determine the extent of the injury. Huerter was ruled out of Thursday night's game in Phoenix and seems unlikely to play on the rest of the West Coast road trip, which concludes with weekend games in Los Angeles against the Clippers and the Lakers. Huerter was fouled by Denver's Nikola Jokic while going up for a shot. The second-year player immediately grabbed his shoulder and winced in pain before heading to the locker room. X-rays taken at the arena were negative. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Some of Alabama's football players didn't react well to Georgia jumping the Crimson Tide for the No. 4 spot in the latest College Playoff Ranking. 'Hell no,' the Alabama players say in a video, as the ESPN broadcast reveals UGA in the No. spot instead of Alabama. The video was captured by Touchdown Alabama Magazine's Justin Smith. Both UGA and Alabama are one-loss teams, with the Bulldogs suffering a defeat to unranked South Carolina. Alabama's loss, of course, was to No. 1-ranked LSU last weekend. However, the Bulldogs have more wins against ranked teams than Alabama. Thoughts? Please post below. Alabama players when they found out Georgia beat them out for the No. 4 spot in the CFP Rankings. @TDAlabamaMag pic.twitter.com/qXE2tV7RSs Justin Smith (@Jdsmith31Smith) November 13, 2019 The post Alabama players not happy about UGA being ranked ahead of Crimson Tide appeared first on DawgNation.