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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bainbridge's Williams leaving UGA; Auburn's Newton hires QB coach; Chizik wins Bowden Coach of Year Award

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- The Nick Williams era in Athens is over. Where Williams is headed next, however, is unclear.

In an e-mail to The Herald on Monday from Claude Felton, Associate Athletic Director for UGA, he confirmed that Williams -- a junior DB who moved to linebacker after arriving in 2008 out of Bainbridge -- was transferring.

"Nick is planning to transfer as far as we know," Felton wrote. "But not sure he's decided where. Have not heard if he has (decided)."

According to UGA's official athletic web site, Williams appeared in just nine of the Bulldogs' 13 games this season with his best outing coming against Colorado when he made three tackles. In 2009, he played in 11 games, but only started one, making a career-high four tackles against Auburn. Williams played in 12 games as a freshman.

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CAM HIRES SOME HELP TO PREP FOR NFL:

Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton is working with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield Jr. leading up to the NFL combine.

One of Newton's agents, Bus Cook, said Monday that Newton is in San Diego, Calif., with Whitfield, who worked with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during his four-game suspension.

Newton, who is skipping his senior year to enter the draft, led the Tigers to a Southeastern Conference national championship during his lone season in Auburn.

He won the Heisman and Maxwell player of the year awards, along with the Davey O'Brien and Manning awards as the top quarterback.

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CHIZIK STILL RECEIVING HONORS:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Auburn's Gene Chizik has won the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

The winner is selected by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club in Birmingham and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The groups announced their pick on Monday.

Alabama's Nick Saban won the inaugural award last season. He and Chizik both led their teams to national titles.

The award is named after former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, a Birmingham native.

Chizik called it "obviously a great honor to be associated with not just a great coach but a great individual like Bobby Bowden."

Bowden will present the award to Chizik on March 6 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham.