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December 6, 2009

Player Milestone Watch--Defense and Returns


Prince Miller currently has the highest career punt return average in UGA football history of all Bulldogs returning at least 25 career punts. (Photo: Online Athens)

Career rankings and approaching milestones for Georgia's individual defensive players and return men:

BRANDON BOYKIN: Boykin's 881 yards on 36 kick returns have both already broke the single-season school records.  Having returned kicks for just one season, Boykin's number of returns already rank tied for seventh with Kent Lawrence in Georgia's career records; Boykin's yards rank fifth.

Boykin needs two returns to pass Hines Ward into sixth place and three to pass Tyson Browning into fifth.  To move from fifth to fourth in career kick return yardage, Boykin needs 216 yards to better Andre Hastings.

Boykin's 24.47 career kick return average ranks ninth at Georgia of players who returned at least 10 kicks in their careers.  His average is just behind Wayne Swinford's 24.50 at the eighth spot.

PRINCE MILLER: Miller's current 14.931 career punt return average (29 returns for 443 yards) currently ranks fourth at Georgia behind Jimmy Campagna (18.0), Sean Jones (16.0), and Jefferson Davis (15.2) of Bulldogs who returned at least 10 punts during their careers.

Of players returning at least 25 punts, Miller's average ranks FIRST just ahead of Thomas Flowers' 14.927 average.

RENNIE CURRAN: In less than three full seasons, Curran's 290 career tackles currently rank 16th at Georgia, seven ahead of No. 17 David Pollack.  Curran needs 17 tackles to better Corey Johnson's 306 at the 15th spot.

Curran's 24 career total tackles for loss (sacks + runs tackled for loss) rank tied for 22nd along with Greg "Muddy" Waters and Orantes Grant, just one-half total tackle for loss behind Will Thompson and one behind Vince Guthrie and Randall Godfrey.

Curran's 17.5 career tackles for loss (just runs tackled for loss, sacks not included) are 15th best at Georgia just behind Guthrie, Mo Lewis, and Phillip Daniels, who all had 18 during their careers.

GENO ATKINS: Atkins currently has 32 career total tackles for loss, placing him tied for 10th at Georgia with Mo Lewis and Richard Tardits.  Atkins is one total tackle for loss behind No. 9 Henry Harris and 1.5 behind No. 8 Richard Seymour.

His 22 career tackles for loss rank tied for fifth with Henry Harris.  Atkins needs just one tackle for loss to pass David Pollack's 22.5 for the fourth position.

RODERICK BATTLE: Battle's five career forced fumbles rank tied for ninth at Georgia with 10 others.  Battle, a senior, was injured during the South Carolina game and lost for the 2009 season after only two games.  Since he was redshirted as a freshman, it appears the defensive lineman's career is over as a Bulldog.

ZACH RENNER: Renner's blocked punt against Tennessee upped his total of blocked kicks to three--all blocked punts.  Renner's three career blocked kicks rank tied for sixth at Georgia with Corrie Collier and Boss Bailey and just behind Terry Hoage, Sean Jones, and David Pollack, who all had four.

RESHAD JONES: In less than three years at Georgia, Jones has 10 career interceptions, ranking 12th at the school tied with nine others.  With one more interception, Jones would move into the 11th spot tied with Buck Swindle.

QUARTERBACK HURRIES: Seven current Bulldogs rank in Georgia's top 25 in career quarterback hurries: #3 Geno Atkins (94), #4 Jeff Owens (66), #6-tied Kade Weston (54), #13 Justin Houston (34), #16-tied Rennie Curran (31), #21-tied Roderick Battle (28), and #24 Demarcus Dobbs (26).

If senior Atkins registers three quarterback hurries in the bowl game, he'll move past Quentin Moses for second place; he is 26 shy of the school record of 117 held by David Pollack.

Kick and punt return statistics available since 1945.  Defensive statistics: Interceptions (1945-Present), Tackles (1974-Present), Sacks (1978-Present), Total tackles for loss/Tackles for loss (1980-Present), Forced fumbles (1980-Present), Blocked kicks (1982-Present), and Quarterback hurries (1999-Present). 

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