Georgia-Boise: Position Grades

ATLANTA - Dawg Post grades each position's performance in Georgia's 35-21 loss to Boise State.

Quarterback: C+ - Some of this mediocre mark falls on the offensive line—maybe most of it actually. Still, Aaron Murray was not as sharp as usual with his passes. He finished 16 of 29 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Again, much of the blame lies with his protection, but Murray could not complete a pass on third down to keep drives moving. Receivers were struggling to get open, too.

Running Back: C- – Take away Brandon Boykin's 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and the average per carry was 3.6 yards. That's not the end of the world, but the rushing attack was not enough to help aid the passing game.

Richard Samuel finished with 12 yards on seven carries. Isaiah Crowell had 15 rushes for 60 yards.

Considering how poorly the line played, Crowell maximized about much as he could. There simply were no holes to run through. In closing, Crowell should have carried the football at a minimum of 25 times. Boise State got the lead and forced Georgia to pass more often, but still—Crowell did not touch the ball enough.

Offensive Line: F – This grade speaks for itself—the line played horribly against the Broncos. The running backs had no lanes and Murray was sacked six times—four of which came on third down.

The Boise State defensive line was more aggressive and more physical. Put simply, they did what they wanted, when they wanted.

Tight End: A- - Orson Charles led all Georgia players with six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. His score on a crucial fourth down in the third quarter kept the Bulldogs hanging around.

In the end, Charles was what we thought he was—one of the best players on the team. His performance alone was enough to give this unit a high mark.

Wide Receiver: C – Too many drops… Too many plays where they couldn't get open… Too many plays where they looked pedestrian. Nobody expected an A.J. Green-like performance Saturday night.

But outside of Malcolm Mitchell's 51-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, this group did virtually nothing out of the ordinary.

Defensive Line: C+ - If grades were given on the first quarter alone, this group would receive an A. Kwame Geathers, DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones looked good in the opening period. Although Kellen Moore was not sacked, there was an ample amount of pressure applied and the Boise quarterback did look uncomfortable.

From there, something changed for the line. Boise State adjustments, fatigue, mental breakdowns—could be all of the above. But something wasn't right after the first period.

With all the time in the world to throw, Moore finished 28 of 34 with three scores as the Broncos cruised.

Linebacker: B- - The two best players on the field (in terms of the whole game) were Jarvis Jones (11 tackles, 2.5 for loss) and Christian Robinson (13 tackles). Those two players made plays from start to finish.

But Alec Ogletree's foot injury and the inconsistent play thereafter hurt this position's final grade. Moore was able to dink and dunk—his longest completion of the night was 20 yards!

The wheel route burned the group on more than one occasion—which is a cardinal sin in Grantham's system. Also, underneath routes and running backs had success, which falls on the linebackers.

Cornerback/Safety (Combined): B- – Again, Moore did not complete a pass over 20 yards all night. The defense played mostly Cover 2 and the corners and safeties took care of their responsibilities for the most part—it was the underneath stuff that hurt the most.

Branden Smith nabbed the third pick of this career. And Jordan Love, while playing well for most of the game, was hit with a costly pass interference call in the second half.

Special Teams: B – If one person can be counted on with this Georgia team, it's Drew Butler. The senior punted five times for an average of 47.8 yards per kick. That's impressive (as usual).

Blair Walsh missed a long kick to the left, but missed kicks over 50 yards are excusable (even for Walsh).

Boykin averaged nearly 25 yards per kick return, almost breaking one for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Smith and Mitchell did nothing on two punt returns—nothing good or bad.


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