Georgia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Auburn Game

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor INovember 12, 2012

Georgia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Auburn Game

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    The Georgia Bulldogs steamrolled the Auburn Tigers 38-0 to clinch the SEC East.

    They played well on both sides of the ball and need to continue that play in order to win the SEC and have a chance to earn a spot in the BCS title game.

    There were a lot of players who stepped their games up, which was needed to take down an Auburn team hungry for a conference win.

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

QB Aaron Murray: A

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    Just like in the game against Ole Miss, Aaron Murray was on point and poised in the pocket. His final numbers were 18-of-24 for 208 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    He is playing his best football at the right time because he will have to be big in the SEC title game.

RB Todd Gurley: A

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    One of the reasons Murray had a big game against the Tigers was the fact that Todd Gurley was running with a purpose.

    Gurley only rushed 11 times but gained 116 yards and one touchdown on those 11 carries.

    He has 973 yards and 11 touchdowns, putting him second in the conference in both categories.

WR Tavarres King: A

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    Tavarres King only had three catches, but racked up 73 yards and one touchdown.

    The touchdown was a big-time play, which is what King has to do when they go to the Georgia Dome in December.

WR Malcolm Mitchell: A

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    Malcolm Mitchell led all receivers with five caches, 47 yards and one touchdown. He is getting better each time he's out on the field.

    Between he and King, the Bulldogs have a solid wide receiver combo.

WR Chris Conley: B

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    Chris Conley had a solid game for the Bulldogs with four catches, 32 yards and one touchdown.

    He will have to play a bigger role in the offense moving forward since Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett are out with season-ending injuries.

TE Arthur Lynch: B

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    Arthur Lynch played a role in the passing game and made some big-time catches.

    Lynch ended the night with three catches for 29 yards, his longest going for 13 yards. As always, he was solid in run and pass blocking.

Offensive Line: A

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    Despite Chris Burnette not playing in the game due to an injury, the offensive line played one of its best games of the season against the Tigers.

    It did allow one sack, but the O-line kept Murray upright all game and the run blocking was on point, as the Bulldogs rushed for over 200 yards.

DE Garrison Smith: A

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    Garrison Smith had two tackles and was able win his battles on the line of scrimmage constantly.

    He has filled in nicely for Abry Jones, who will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

NT John Jenkins: A

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    It was a strong night for John Jenkins who had two tackles and two quarterback hurries.

    The interior offensive line was no match for Jenkins who combines with Kwame Geathers to make a dangerous duo at the nose tackle position.

DE Cornelius Washington: B

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    Cornelius Washington did not make the stat sheet, but he was able to shed his blocks and put pressure on Auburn quarterback Jonathan Wallace.

    Washington is not having a strong year at his new position, but he's been playing a lot better these past few weeks.

OLB Jordan Jenkins: A

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    Jordan Jenkins is starting to become a nice complement piece to Jarvis Jones. Jenkins ended the win with two tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry.

ILB Michael Gilliard: B+

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    After being called out by Shawn Williams a few weeks back, Michael Gilliard stepped up against the Tigers.

    He notched three tackles, one quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble which was forced (oddly enough) by Williams.

ILB Alec Ogletree: A+

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    It was just another day in the office for Alec Ogletree, who gets better each time he steps onto the field.

    Ogletree led all defenders with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. In six games, Ogletree has 60 tackles, good for third on the team.

OLB: Jarvis Jones: A+

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    It was also another day for Jarvis Jones who is on his way to another All-American season.

    Jones only had four tackles, but he did have two sacks, inching him closer to 14, which would be a school record.

    He has 10.5 sacks right now and the Bulldogs have four games left this season.

CB Sanders Commings : B

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    Sanders Commings did not have any picks or any pass breakups, but he was able to help out in the run game.

    The senior cornerback recorded three tackles and now has 36 tackles through eight games.

CB Damian Swann: B

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    Damian Swann showed why he was able to beat out Branden Smith for the starting cornerback job earlier in the year.

    Swann did not have a tackle, but he had one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. He did not get beat in pass coverage and is starting to get more confident with every game he plays.

SS Shawn Williams: A

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    Shawn Williams was disruptive in the run game and was able to force a turnover to help protect the shutout.

    To go along with his five tackles, Williams forced a key fumble in the third quarter.

FS Bacarri Rambo: A

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    Baccari Rambo was all over the field against Auburn. Like Ogletree, he's starting to get his feet under him after missing the first four games of the year.

    Rambo recorded eight tackles an picked off a Wallace pass late in the third quarter.