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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia senior defensive back Deandre Bakerhas been named to the 2018 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America First Team, giving the Southeastern Conference a total of 18 players on this year’s First and Second Teams and seven more than any other conference.
Baker, a Miami, Fla., native, became the first Bulldog to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award last week for being nation’s best defensive back in college football. He has also garnered Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Newsand ESPN.com First Team All-America honors and was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Second Team.
Baker becomes the first Georgia All-American from the defensive backfield named to the AFCA First Team since safety Greg Blue in 2005.
A Miami, Fla., native, Baker has started all 13 games for Georgia and has 40 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also has a team-best 10 pass break-ups. In addition, Baker has a forced fumble and has collected a fumble recovery for a defense that ranks 15thnationally allowing just 18.5 points per game.
The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will take on No. 15 Texas (9-4) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the fifth all-time matchup between the programs and the first matchup between the teams since 1984.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Allstate Sugar Bowl will introduce 10 legends, including Georgia legends Vince Dooley and Scott Woerner, as the second class of the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame in conjunction with the 85th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2019.
The inaugural Hall of Fame class, introduced last year, was composed of 16 legends of the annual New Orleans football classic. The second class of Hall of Famers spans seven decades of Sugar Bowl action and includes seven all-star players, two national championship coaches and one individual who both starred in the Sugar Bowl as a player and directed a team to the national championship as a coach.
“The Sugar Bowl has a very proud and storied history,” said Rod West, President of the Sugar Bowl Committee. “Last year we created our own Hall of Fame to recognize the legends of our game. This year, we will recognize 10 more of the very best players and coaches to have ever competed in the Sugar Bowl Classic. These men all played significant roles in lifting the Bowl to its current level of national prominence, and they gave college football fans some great, great memories in the process.”