Malaki Starks named Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award semifinalist
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Malaki Starks named Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award semifinalist

Malaki Starks
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UGA football defensive back Malaki Starks has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.

The Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award, named in honor of Shaun Alexander, a former standout at the University of Alabama and with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, is presented to the College Freshman Player of the Year. Past winners include Trevor Lawrence (2018, Clemson), Kenneth Gainwell (2019, Memphis), Will Anderson Jr. (2020, Alabama), and Brock Bowers (2021, Georgia).

Finalists for the 5th annual Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year award will be announced on December 6, 2022 and the winner of the award will be announced on December 29, 2022. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in March of 2023.

Malaki Starks, who hails from Jefferson, Ga., has started at defensive back in seven of eight games this season. He is currently second on the team in tackles with 30 and leads the Bulldogs with five pass breakups.

The No. 1 AP/No. 3 CFP Georgia Bulldogs (8-0) are next scheduled to host the No. 2 AP/No. 1 CFP Tennessee Volunteers (8-0) at Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 5. The game will be televised by CBS at 3:30pm ET (Buy Tickets).

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