Senior inside linebacker Jake Ganus of Chelsea, Ala., senior tackle John Theus of Jacksonville, Fla., senior split end Malcolm Mitchell of Valdosta, senior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins of Hamilton, senior snapper Nathan Theus of Jacksonville, Fla., and junior inside linebacker Ryne Rankin of Orlando, Fla., took home the top awards at the University of Georgia football annual team Gala Saturday night at the Classic Center in Athens.
Ganus was named recipient of the Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player Award, and John Theus was named the team’s overall permanent captain for 2015. Mitchell was elected the team’s offensive captain, Ganus and Jenkins were chosen as the defensive captains, while Nathan Theus and Rankin were named the special teams captains. Mitchell was also named winner of the David Jacobs Award as the player who, by example, portrayed courage, spirit, character and determination.
Sophomore tailback Sony Michel of Plantation, Fla., claimed Most Valuable Offensive Player honors, while Jenkins and Rankin were named Most Valuable Players for defense and special teams, respectively.
The Leon Farmer Awards for dedication to the strength and conditioning program were presented to sophomore safety Dominick Sanders of Tucker and sophomore tailback Nick Chubb of Cedartown. Outstanding Scout Team Awards went to junior inside linebacker Ridge Underwood of Moultrie, senior tight end Jared Chapple of Alpharetta and junior safety Jonah Guinn of Walnut Grove.
The Charley Trippi Most Versatile Awards were presented to Michel and junior outside linebacker Leonard Floyd of Eastman, while the Frank Sinkwich Toughness Awards were presented to Ganus and junior offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow. Senior tailback Keith Marshall and sophomore fullback Christian Payne were named Comeback Players of the Year, and senior placekicker Patrick Beless of Atlanta was presented with the Senior Scholar Award.