Grading the Game

ATHENS - Dawg Post grades each position's performance in Georgia's 45-7 win over Auburn.

Quarterback: A+ - Aaron Murray finished 14 of 18 with 224 yards and four touchdowns. Is there a quarterback in the SEC playing better than Murray? Or the nation?

Here's Murray's totals in the past two games: 32 of 41, 462 yards and nine touchdowns.

He broke the single season school record for touchdowns (27). And tied Matthew Stafford for third-most career touchdowns (51) in school history.

Murray has a good chance to add to his impressive totals next week against Kentucky.

Running back: B+ - Isaiah Crowell had 132 yards and a touchdown. Carlton Thomas added 127 yards and a score. The duo had an impressive outing coming off a suspension in the previous game.

Crowell's two lost fumbles (the first of his career) hurt the overall grade, but the tandem played as well as could have been expected in an SEC contest.

Fullback Bruce Figgins caught a 15-yard pass for a score. Zander Ogletree showed good blocking ability in the second half, leading the way as the offense killed the clock with over 25 running plays.

Wide Receiver/Tight end: A – Four receivers caught passes in the contest – no catch was better than Michael Bennett's diving grab in the end zone to take a 14-7 in the first quarter.

Malcolm Mitchell had three catches for 85 yards, including a touchdown, in his return from a hamstring injury.

Tavarres King added a touchdown.

I've said it before – this group is deep and diverse. And each important piece is returning next season.

As for the tight ends, Orson Charles caught only one pass for a five-yard gain. The unit showed some two-tight end sets early in the contest. The position may not look glamorous on the stat sheet, but the unit blocked well and did its part.

Offensive line: A- - The offensive line had its best game of the season. Ben Jones led the way, grading out at 85 percent and tallying 10 intimidation blocks.

Murray was sacked three times, but the run blocking was excellent, especially in the second half. Auburn stacked the box, but still had trouble stopping Crowell and Thomas. The Bulldogs averaged 5.4 yards per carry.

Defensive line: A – Auburn averaged two yards per carry – the figure was inflated by meaningless carries in the second half. The Tigers had 12 yards on 13 carries in the first half.

Abry Jones had another strong performance, finishing with 1.5 sacks and four tackles. John Jenkins also had a sack.

Inside linebacker: A – Alec Ogletree was around the ball constantly, making six tackles and forcing a fumble.

Michael Gilliard, Christian Robinson and Amarlo Herrera (who plays both inside and outside linebacker) continued to rotate and mix and match. This unit is deep with playmakers and contributors.

Outside linebacker: A+ - Jarvis Jones continues to pile up stats. The redshirt sophomore had two sacks and five quarterback hurries.

Jones is the best player on this defense – which at this point, with so many players producing, is a major compliment.

While Cornelius Washington had only two assisted tackles, he also had five quarterback hurries.

Secondary: A – Bacarri Rambo's interception in the second quarter ran the score to 28-7 and effectively ended the game. His seven interceptions on the season is the most since Tony Taylor had seven in 2006.

Shawn Williams was superb against the run and delivered a couple of nice shots on Auburn ball carriers.

The Tigers finished with 144 yards passing – 45 came on one play. Brandon Boykin and Sanders Commings form a formidable tandem at corner.

Special teams: B+ - The kickoff coverage has been greatly improved because of the insertion of defensive starters. A 24-yard return was the Tigers longest.

Kickers Blair Walsh and Brandon Bogotay rotated duties with success for a second game. Bogotay hit a 26-yard FG. Walsh hit four extra points, with Bogotay collecting the other tow.

Drew Butler punted only once – a season worst 17-yarder.


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