Washaun Ealey and A.J. Green Named to 2010 Maxwell Award Watch List

Kimberley NashSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2010

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Washaun Ealey is getting a little bit of recognition. He has been placed on the watch list for the 2010 Maxwell Award. He is one of two Georgia Bulldog players named to the list for this coming season—A.J. Green is the other.

The Maxwell Award has been given yearly, since 1937, to the most outstanding collegiate football player in America. It is a highly distinguished award and it has only been won by a Georgia Bulldog player once—Herschel Walker in 1982.

Many feel that Washaun Ealey could break out this season after finishing 2009 strong. The true sophomore tallied 525 yards and three touchdowns in his final five games of the season—including a 183-yard effort against Georgia Tech.

Ealey didn't play in the first four games of the season, making his first appearance of the year against LSU in week five. After a slow start, he started to find his groove and made a strong case for coming into 2010 with a fighting chance at going above 1,000 yards rushing.

Also on the list is A.J. Green. Green is a junior and this is expected, by some, to possibly be his last season at Georgia. Some believe the air game may be a little less focused upon at the start, considering the Bulldogs will be leaning on the arm of redshirt freshman Aaron Murray, but rest assured Green will get his looks.

The junior wide receiver out of South Carolina has been a standout since he arrived on campus in 2008—hauling in 56 catches for 963 yards (17.2 ypc). His numbers suffered a bit last year due to a lingering injury, but he still managed 808 yards and six touchdowns despite missing three games and a significant portion of another (vs. Auburn).

Both players will play an important role in Georgia's offense this year as Green will be the veteran presence in the receiving corps and Ealey will be one of the primary ball carriers. It's quite an honor for both players and further proof that the talent pool at Georgia is alive and well.


(This article appears courtesy of The Lady Sportswriter)