MOULTRIE -- Brian Jordan's 2003-2004 school year at the University of Georgia has had plenty of highlights.

The former All-Region Colquitt County Packer is the long snapper for the Georgia football team, played in the Southeastern Conference championship game and helped the Bulldogs win the Capital One Bowl over Purdue.

But things got even better Kent and Jessica's son in the last few weeks.

Last month, Jordan received an award, presented by Georgia Athletics Director Vince Dooley, for having the highest grade point average among members of the football team for the 2003-2004 school year.

And last week, the former walk-on was awarded a full scholarship.

Jordan said Georgia coach Mark Richt called him to his office to tell him he and his family no longer had to pay his way.

"I was pretty excited," Jordan said. "I had Dad on the phone before I left the office."

A pair of scholarships became available when Chris Hickman was kicked off the team and center Randall Swoopes quit.

Jordan and sophomore safety Tra Battle were the beneficiaries.

"One of the fun parts of the job is to tell a kid 'You're on scholarship,'" Richt said.

Jordan went to Georgia after graduating from Colquitt County High in 2001, but originally did not play football.

After talking the coaching staff into allowing him to walk on in January 2002, Jordan earned the starting job in pre-season practice and has been the the starting snapper the last two seasons.

Jordan said he had talked to Georgia assistant David Johnson, his position coach, and received assurance that his name had been brought up when talk of who would get a scholarship was broached.

And several weeks ago, he went in to talk to Richt himself.

"I felt like I had done a good enough job," Jordan said. "Coach Richt told me I was first in line."

So while the team was in the midst of spring practice, Jordan finally got the call.

"The role he's playing is important enough for us to put him on there," Richt said.

And with sister Anna now a senior at Colquitt County High, where she is fine doubles player on the once-beaten girls tennis team, the scholarship could not have come at a better time for Jordan and his proud Packer-Bulldog family.

"Now Anna can go to college," Jordan joked.

Jordan, at 6-foot-1 and now up to about 230 pounds, has had two excellent seasons for the Bulldogs, including the 2002 SEC championship season.

He was flawless his first season and last season, after missing the opener, had just one problem, he said, in the East Tennessee State game.

And he also was able to make himself known downfield as well, making several tackles during the season.

"I think my best games were against Auburn and Florida," he said.

While the Bulldogs continue spring drills leading to the April 17 G-Day game, Jordan is continues to work on his snapping to returning holder Lee Jackson.

But Andy Bailey and Gordon Ely-Kelso are battling to take over the place-kicking job from the record-setting Billy Bennett.

Spring drills are important, Jordan said, for the kickers to get used to his delivery and to establish their timing.

"We kick field goals every day," he said.

Jordan also has plenty of work to do off the field while taking physics and biochemistry classes.

Jordan is taking aim at medical school, hoping to get into the Medical College of Georgia or Mercer University and study orthopedics.

"I really like that, really like the bones and joints," Jordan said.

And he should not have any trouble getting into medical school once his studying and snapping days at Georgia are finished.

An excellent student, Jordan was surprised to learn last month that he earned the award for having the highest grade point average on the football team.

After being told he needed to attend the awards banquet, he tried to beg off, saying he taking Medical College Admission Test course.

It was then that he was told he REALLY needed to attend, that he was receiving an award.

Jordan said he is not sure, but that his grade point average was about a 3.5.

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