Georgia-Coastal: Position Grades

ATHENS - Dawg Post grades each position's performance in Georgia's 59-0 win over Coastal Carolina.

Quarterback: B - Starter Aaron Murray put up great numbers against Coastal Carolina (18 of 26 for 188 yards and three touchdowns) – but he's supposed do that. Murray's performance, while great on paper, left a little something to be desired.

A handful of his passes were off target, most of which were overthrown. Murray hasn't looked comfortable for a complete game this season. He's shown flashes of being the All-SEC player he was tabbed as during the preseason. But he needs to be more consistent.

Backup Hutson Mason looked sharp during his first appearance of the season, finishing 6 of 9 for 68 yards and a score.

Running back: B+ - Fresman Isaiah Crowell logged 16 carries for 86 yards. The diminutive Carlton Thomas added 73 yards on 15 rushes. Brandon Harton also hit double digit carries, with Brandon Boykin, Ken Malcome and even walk-on Wes Van Dyke getting into the action.

This unit did what it was supposed to do – and aside from Crowell taking another shot to the ribs, everyone remained healthy.

Wide receiver: B+ - Five members of this group made at least one catch, led by freshman Malcolm Mitchell and junior Tavarres King, who each had six grabs.

It looks like the passing attack is going to continue to feature multiple receivers as the season moves along. I think this is a good thing, considering the diversity and overall youth at the position.

Offensive line: C+ - Murray and Mason weren't sacked, and the running backs had plenty of room to run all game. But that doesn't mean the line was dominant.

There were still times when Murray took some shots from Coastal Carolina defenders, and occasionally the starting line looked out of sync. This is worth repeating – the OL is still the area that must make the biggest improvement.

It was good to see freshmen David Andrews, Watts Dantzler and Hunter Long get some playing time. Those guys need to get ready for next season – or maybe even later down the road this year.

Tight end: B - You can't judge this position by stats alone. Teams are gearing up to stop Orson Charles in the passing attack. Plus, Mike Bobo is using his ends more and more to help the struggling offensive line.

Charles finished with two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. His blocking has improved tremendously since last season.

Defensive line: B - I won't give a grade lower than a B to any unit on defense due to pitching a shutout. But this group has yet to get a sack this season.

The Coastal Carolina offense is a spread attack, so the DL didn't have much time to get to the quarterback Saturday. Also, the defense allowed only 63 yards rushing.

John Jenkins filled in for the ailing DeAngelo Tyson (back strain) and Garrison Smith received lots of playing time over the course of the game.

Linebacker: B+ - Mike Gilliard led the team with eight tackles. He is getting better each week, and will remain a pivotal backup once Christian Robinson and Alec Ogletree return.

Shawn Williams did a masterful job filling in at the position, especially considering he only practiced there for three days before the game. He'll remain until the unit gets healthy.

Jarvis Jones looked great in limited action. And Amarlo Herrera, T.J. Stripling, Ramik Wilson and Ray Drew all played quite a bit.

Secondary: A - Since the Boise State game, this group has been dominant against the pass. Coastal managed only 49 yards through the air Saturday.

The ability to tackle is the thing I like most about this group. Yards after the catch have been limited and the corners and safeties have helped in the run game.

Baccari Rambo had another interception, although his fumble did draw the wrath of coach Mark Richt (who is obsessed with ball control these days).

Special teams: A- - Kicker Blair Walsh set a personal best with his 56-yard field goal in the second quarter. He also sets the school mark for PATs in a career.

He did have some trouble on kickoffs, but don't expect those woes to linger with an experience veteran like Walsh.

Drew Butler has three punts, two of which were downed inside the 20.

In the return game, Boykin had a 47 yarder, adding to his season average. Branden Smith had a touchdown on a punt return negated due to a penalty.


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