Georgia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the South Carolina Game

Brian JonesContributor IOctober 7, 2012

Georgia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the South Carolina Game

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    To say it was a rough night for the Bulldogs would be an understatement.

    The offense could not get anything going, and the defense has trouble containing Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore.

    It was a nightmare of a game for the Bulldogs players coaches and fans. Fortunately, they will have a week off so they can rest up and get back to basics before they take on Kentucky.

    Here are grades for all 22 starters from the game against South Carolina.

Aaron Murray: F

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    If the Bulldogs were to beat South Carolina, Aaron Murray needed to have a big game.

    That did not happen, because the South Carolina defense gave him fits all game long.

    This was statistically Murray's worse game in his career, completing 11 of 31 passes for 109 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.

    He never got into a rhythm and looked frustrated throughout the entire game, which is something new to him this season.

Todd Gulrey: D

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    Todd Gurley was on a roll coming into the game, but could not find any holes against the South Carolina defense,

    He finished the night with 39 yards on 13 carries. He had some good runs, but he was getting hit at the line of scrimmage constantly.

    With him being a true freshman, he will learn from this and be a better back because of it.

Keith Marshall: D

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    Like Gurley, Marshall could never get anything going in the run game.

    Marshall rushed for 37 yards on 12 carries. He had some solid runs, but could never get anything going on a consistent basis because of the constant pursuit of the defensive line and linebackers.

Malcolm Mitchell: C-

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    Malcolm Mitchell started the game off well, but disappeared in the second half.

    He ended the night with three catches for 52 yards and also had a carry for negative-two yards.

    If they would have been able to get Mitchell more involved in the ball game, they would have better chance of winning.

Tavarres King: D

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    Tavarres King has come up big for Murray in the first four games this season, but did not have the same effect against South Carolina.

    The senior wide receiver had only one catch for 16 yards. Like Mitchell, his name was not called in the second half. But in a game like the Bulldogs played, there is a reason the receivers, running backs and quarterback struggled all game long.

Arthur Lynch: D

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    After a solid game against Tennessee, Arthur Lynch was ineffective against the Gamecocks, as he had no receptions and struggled in pass and run protection.

    Asking a tight end to take on the Gamecocks defensive end and linebackers is asking a lot, but Lynch is known for his blocking, and he did not come up big in that department in the loss.

Offensive Line: F-

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    Just when everyone thought the offensive line was starting to improve, they laid an egg against the Gamecocks.

    Kenarious Gates struggled against Jadaveon Clowney, and John Theus did not perform that well either. David Andrew also had trouble against the Gamecocks defensive line, as the tackles constantly put pressure on him. 

    Overall, it was a rough performance from the offensive line, and they have to get better in a hurry if the offense wants to get back on track.

John Jenkins: C

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    John Jenkins had one of his better games as a Bulldog, tallying eight total tackles, including five solo. However, he did not have any sacks of tackles for loss, which is something he is normally good at.

    The Gamecocks did a good job of double teaming him and not letting him cause havoc in the backfield. That was one of the many reasons Shaw was able to let loose.

Abry Jones: D-

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    Abry Jones did not make an impact, but the reason for that had to be his ankle injury he suffered two weeks ago.

    Jones was poised to have an All-SEC season, but injures have slowed him down this year. Hopefully, the bye week will help him get healthy for the Kentucky game.

Cornelius Washington: D

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    It has not been a great year for Cornelius Washington.

    The defensive end had only two tackles and could not get any pressure on Shaw.

    Washington was expected to make plays constantly at defensive end and outside linebacker, but it has not turned out that way for him.

Chase Vasser: C

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    It was another game where Chase Vasser did not have a bad game, but not a great game either.

    The outside linebacker had three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

    Those numbers are pretty much what you are going to get out of him. He's not going to miss too many tackles, but he's not going to go off either.

Amarlo Herrera: C+

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    Amarlo Herrera had a very strong game at outside linebacker, as he notched 11 tackles to lead the team.

    He did not have any tackles for loss or any passes defended, but he was all over the field.

    Herrera continues to improve and will be an impact player when the 2013 season kicks off.

Alec Ogletree: C

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    Alec Ogletree had issues in coverage as well as some missed tackles, but he ended the night with a solid outing.

    Ogletree had eight tackles and one pass defended. It will take some time to get him into midseason form, but Ogletree did OK considering this was his second game of the year.

Jarvis Jones: C-

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    This was one of Jones' worst games in his career at Georgia.

    He did have a sack to go along with his four tackles, but he constantly lost containment on Shaw, which led to some big plays.

    Jones is working with a hamstring injury, but he, as well as the Bulldog faithful, knows that he's a better player than what he has showed the last two weeks.

Sanders Commings: D

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    After a strong showing in the Tennessee game, Sanders Commings took a step back against the Gamecocks.

    He only had one tackle and was not in on any pass plays.

    Shaw did not throw the ball a lot, but when he did, it was effective, and Commings was nowhere to be found.

Damian Swann: D

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    The same thing I said about Commings can be said about Damian Swann.

    He did well in the Tennessee game, but could not do anything against the Gamecocks.

    He only had two tackles and got beat on a few pass plays.

    Swann is a young player and will learn from the mistakes he made on Saturday.

Bacarri Rambo: C-

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    Bacarri Rambo played OK, but missed on an interception early in the game, which set the tone for the Gamecocks the rest of the way.

    He was in on six tackles, but did not do much of anything else when it came to pass coverage.

    Like Ogletree, this is only Rambo's second game of the year, so he should get better as the season progresses.

Shawn Williams: F

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    Shawn Williams will always be good against the run. But this had to be one of his worst games when it comes to pass coverage.

    He got burned on two big pass plays, which led to points and helped the Gamecocks put the game away. Williams is not very strong in pass coverage, but he's a lot better than what he showed on Saturday night.