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Georgia's Nolan Smith and Adonai Mitchell Earn SEC Football Weekly Honors

September 20, 2021

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior linebacker Nolan Smith and freshman receiver Adonai (AD) Mitchell have earned Southeastern Conference weekly honors, according to a league announcement.


Smith, a former 5-star from Kirby Smart’s 2019 class, was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.  He shares this week’s honor with Alabama linebacker and Georgia native, Will Anderson.  Mitchell was named the SEC Freshman Player of the Week after catching 4 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.


This marks the first weekly awards for both Smith and Mitchell.  Last week, senior quarterback Stetson Bennett (Offensive Player) garnered an SEC honor following the win over UAB.  Senior safety Christopher Smith (Defensive Player) and senior nose tackle Jordan Davis (Defensive Lineman) garnered a pair of the conference accolades after the season-opening victory over No. 3 Clemson.


Smith, a native of Savannah, Ga., ignited the Bulldog defense with a career-high eight tackles during Georgia’s 40-13 dismantling of South Carolina.  He had 1.5 sacks in his performance, including splitting one with Jordan Davis that resulted in a Gamecocks safety before the half.


Smith also forced a fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by the Bulldogs and led to Georgia’s fifth touchdown of the game.  Thanks in part to Smith’s performance, the Bulldog defense has only allowed a single touchdown this year.

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Mitchell, a native of Missouri City, Texas, posted career highs of four catches for a team-high 77 yards and his first career touchdown during the victory over the Gamecocks.  He hauled in a career-long 38 yarder for a score from JT Daniels to give the Bulldogs a 21-6 edge in the second quarter.  Mitchell’s other three catches went for first downs, including two on third-and-long situations.


The No. 2 Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Vanderbilt (1-2) on Saturday.  SECN will televise the matchup at 12 p.m. ET.

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