Georgia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Florida Game
It was not an easy victory, and they won't get any style points from their effort in Jacksonville, but the Georgia Bulldogs got a critical win against the Florida Gators. And now, they really control their own destiny when it comes to the SEC East title.
As many plays as there were left out on the field, the entire team played well enough to win, which is all that matters when you are facing the No. 2 team in the country.
The Bulldogs' backs were against the wall. and like a good team does, they responded well and now have to move on to the next one.
Here are grades for all 22 starters in the Bulldogs' win versus Florida.
QB Aaron Murray: C-
Aaron Murray threw three interceptions, and that's why the Bulldogs did not win by a bigger margin. But he threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to help the Bulldogs seal the victory against the Gators.
Murray had a rough game, but he made a clutch play when the team needed it.
RB Todd Gurley: B+
It was a strong game for Todd Gulrey, who rushed for 118 yards on 27 carries, with one touchdown early in the first quarter.
He was not able to get going midway through the game, but he started the game strong and was able to burn the clock by running for a few first downs to ice the game for the Bulldogs.
FB Alexander Ogletree: B
Merritt Hall actually started the game at fullback, but he left the game with an injury, which led to more playing time for Alexander Ogletree.
And because of Ogletree's play, Gurley was able to have strong game on the ground. Ogletree was also effective in the passing game, as he caught one pass for three yards.
TE Arthur Lynch: C
Arthur Lynch had many passes thrown his way, but when the ball was thrown to him, he could not come up with the catch.
Lynch was effective in blocking, though, which has been a strength for him this season.
WR Marlon Brown: B-
Marlon Brown did not have any big-time catches at the start of the game, but he two critical catches in the fourth quarter.
Brown finished with two catches for 30 yards, which included a 15-yard strike in the the Bulldogs' last touchdown series in the fourth quarter.
WR Malcolm Mitchell: A
Malcolm Mitchell led all receivers with five catches, 74 yards and one touchdown. His 45-yard touchdown clinched the game for the Bulldogs.
The one thing he has to get better at is controlling his emotions, because he did get called on a personal foul penalty on the touchdown series, which could have been costly.
Offensive Line: B
Murray wasn't sacked, and Gurley rushed for over 100 yards. Results like that mean the offensive line was doing its job throughout the entire game.
The line probably would have gotten a higher grade if the Bulldogs scored 10 more points. But the offensive line played well, and that should continue the rest of the season.
DE Garrison Smith: A
After Abry Jones went down with an injury last week, Garrison Smith took over and really had a solid game for the Bulldogs, notching five tackles and one forced fumble.
Smith was flying to the football constantly and did not let any skill players get by him.
NT John Jenkins: B+
John Jenkins only had one tackle in the win against Florida, but he took on blocks that led to the linebackers to make more plays.
He and Kwame Geathers were a force, which they've been since last season.
Cornelius Washington: A
After a slow start to the season, Cornelius Washington is starting to pick his game up, and it could not come at a better time.
Washington only had two tackles, but he also had a forced fumble and constantly pressured Florida QB Jeff Driskel.
OLB Jordan Jenkins: B
Jordan Jenkins is becoming a nice piece for the defense.
He ended up with two stops, 0.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry.
He's played sparingly all season long, but is starting to see a lot more playing time recently—and that's a good thing.
ILB Michael Gilliard: B+
Michael Gilliard took Shawn Williams' comments and used them as motivation to have a good game against Florida.
Gilliard notched six tackles and seemed like he was constantly in the right place at the right time. Hopefully, his play against Florida will help him have a strong finish to the the 2012 season.
ILB Alec Ogletree: A
When Jenkins and Gilliard are making plays, you know Alec Ogletree had to be in on the fun.
Ogletree had six tackles, and he also had a near interception in the second half that could have put the game away.
He did have a couple of missed tackles, but he was a force all game long and is starting to become one of the better linebackers in the conference.
ILB Jarvis Jones: A+
Jarvis Jones proved why he is one of the best defensive players in all of college football against the Gators.
Jones' final stat line was 13 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
He was very disruptive, and if stays healthy the rest of the year, tons of awards will come his way.
CB Sanders Commings: A
Sanders Commings was strong in the run game and even stronger in the pass coverage. But the play that fans will remember is him recovering a fumble in the Bulldogs' end zone with only minuets left in the game to secure the win for the Bulldogs.
Commings had five tackles to go along with his fumble recovery.
CB Damian Swann: A
Like Commings, Damian Swann also made plays on the outside.
Swannonly had one tackle, but he did sack Driskel and also picked him off early in the game.
He's becoming a very solid corner and looks like he has a bright future.
FS Bacarri Rambo: A+
Rambo was picked to be an All-American this year, and he's starting to play like it.
To go along with his five tackles, Rambo had one sack and came up with a huge interception in the end zone at the end of the first half.
Rambo now has 18 career interceptions, which is the second-most in UGA history.
SS Shawn Williams: A
When a player challenges his other teammates before a big game, that player should back it up.
Shawn Williams has six tackles and one tackle for loss. He may not be very strong in pass coverage, but he will get after it in the run game, and he did just that against the Gators.