UGA LB Roquan Smith named SEC Defensive Player of the Year
In a season where it became evident who the best defensive player in the SEC halfway through the year was, Roquan Smith made a name for himself.
Roquan in 2016, began to show that he was a force to be reckoned with his defense and ability to run to the ball from anywhere on the field. In doing so, Roquan racked up 95 total tackles.
With his junior year approaching in 2017, Roquan made it a point to become more explosive and improve on his tackling ability. To begin the 2017 season, Roquan started off a little slow but really ramped up as SEC play approached. Not only did Roquan’s play show on the field but it caused teams to have to make their game plans revolve around keeping the ball away from him.
As Georgia’s defense continued to be one of the top 5 in the nation, Roquan started to get national attention and ultimately landed him as the recipient of the Butkus Award which is given to the nation’s best linebacker.
Roquan through 13 games this season as racked up 113 tackles and looks to help lead his team to a Rose Bowl victory and National Championship appearance.