Defensive Domination: Grading the Game

JACKSONVILLE - Grading Georgia's position units following the 24-20 win over Florida.

Quarterback - Grade: B. Aaron Murray struggled for most of the game (15 of 34, 169 yards), but came through when it mattered most. He completed two passes on fourth-down for touchdowns, one to Michael Bennett and the other to Tavarres King.

Running back – Grade: B+. Freshman Isaiah Crowell and junior Richard Samuel played most of the game despite nagging injuries. While the rushing attack was inconsistent (3.8 yards per carry), Samuel came alive in the fourth quarter. He scored the game-winning touchdown and iced the game with rushes on the final drive.

Wide receiver/Tight end – Grade: A-. All things considering, this group did excellent in Saturday's game. Leading receiver Malcolm Mitchell was out, as were Rantavious Wooten and Israel Troupe. But the unit saw big plays on fourth-down with the catches made by Bennett and King. Chris Conley came up with a crucial catch late in the game and finished with a career-high three receptions for 38 yards. Former walk-on Taylor Bradberry and walk-on Rhett McGowan played significant snaps. There were some catches left on the table, but the receivers weren't to blame for most of the missed chances.

Offensive line – Grade: B. The unit, like the offense in general, struggled to get in a rhythm for most of the game. Murray was sacked twice and flushed from the pocket a few times. But the unit came through in the fourth, paving the way for Samuel as the team leaned on the rushing attack to win the game. Left tackle Cordy Glenn was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his effort, and the line as a whole enjoyed its most dominant quarter of the season in the fourth.

Defensive line – Grade: A-. The Gators rushed for minus-19 yards and struggled in the second half once the offense became one-dimensional. Defensive ends Abry Jones and DeAngelo Tyson each had a sack and combined for three quarterback hurries. Nose tackle John Jenkins essentially played the whole game. While Jenkins did not record any stat of note, he occupied blockers to free up others.

Linebacker – Grade: A+. Jarvis Jones tied a school record with four sacks. Jones and Alec Ogletree each forced a fumble. Mike Gilliard led the team with six total tackles. Cornelius Washington had three quarterback hurries. Amarlo Herrera and Christian Robinson combined for two tackles. Those are the stats – any opinion arguing for the unit's A+ grade isn't needed.

Secondary – Grade: B+. Florida quarterback John Brantley threw for 164 yards midway through the first quarter – the defense entered the game giving up 171 yards per game. Still, the unit settled in, allowing only 19 yards passing the second half. Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo each recovered a fumble. Brandon Boykin had two pass breakups. Sanders Commings had four tackles.

Special teams – Grade: D. Florida had 200 kick return yards, including Jeff Demps 99-yard touchdown in the first half. Kicker Blair Walsh was 1 of 3 on field goals, missing from 33 and 37. Drew Butler had an uncharacteristic 34.2 average on six punts. Boykin struggled to get anything going on Georgia's kick and punt returns.


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