September 3, 2002
Things were down right defensive during the opening week of the college football season with three players from Georgia teams earning defensive player of the week honors in their respective conferences.
Albany State free safety Tommy Jackson is named the defensive player of the week in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The senior from Quitman recorded ten tackles, intercpeted a pass and blocked an extra point against Valdosta State.
Blazer linebacker Marlin Adams is the Gulf South Conference defensive player of the week. The junior from Warner Robins had nine solo tackles and two quarterback sacks in Valdosta State's first shutout in two years.
A career night for Georgia linebacker Boss Bailey against Clemson earns him defensive player of the week kudos in the S.E.C.. The senior from Folkston registered 14 tackles and stopped a Clemson drive in the fourth quarter with a quarterback sack.
In the A.C.C., former Thomasville high kicker Brent Garber is the specialist of the week after Garber kicked three field goals in Duke's 23-16 win over East Carolina. Garber connected on field goals from 28, 41 and 56 yards in a driving rainstorm to help the Blue Devils snap the nation's longest winning streak.