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

Malaki Starks
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UGA football defensive back Malaki Starks has been named a finalist 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).

The winner of the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year 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 11 of 12 games this season. He is currently tied with Jamon Dumas-Johnson for the team lead in tackles with 59 and leads the Bulldogs with seven pass breakups. Starks is also tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

The Bulldogs’ are next scheduled to face the 14th-ranked LSU Tigers in the 2022 SEC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The game will be televised by CBS at 4:00pm ET (Buy Tickets).

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