Rewind: Georgia vs. Kentucky Grade Report

Murray and wide receivers set records, but what about the Dogs defensive line? What about the rest of the Bulldogs? Find out below.

Quarterback – A

Aaron Murray set personal records on a night where he broke David Greene's career passing touchdown record. Murray threw for a career-high 417 yards for the first time in his career and four scores, another career best. He hit targets on both quick screens and the deep ball, despite one slightly overthrown pass to Marlon Brown that likely would have resulted in points. He also did a solid job of controlling the football and a Georgia offense with a lackluster running game Saturday night.

Runningback – C-

For the second consecutive game, Georgia was unable to stabilize the ground attack. The Bulldogs had merely 77 yards on 32 carries. The beloved "Gurshall" finished with 70 yards on 18 carries, as the Bulldogs leaned on their aerial assault to carry them out of Kentucky. Georgia was yet again unable to run the ball late, making it difficult to close out victories by running out the clock.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – A-

Tavarres King had his best performance since last season's Outback Bowl, snagging nine catches for 188 yards and two scores. King and Murray were nearly unstoppable against Kentucky's injury-ridden, inexperienced secondary. Malcolm Mitchell seemed to find his groove at receiver, finishing with nine catches for 103 yards.

Chris Conley got in the mix in the second half, catching a 22-yard touchdown pass. Marlon Brown dropped a would-be touchdown in the first half, but he still pulled in 4 catches for 43 yards.

Artie Lynch also grabbed two catches for 32 yards and a score. The tight end dropped Murray's final pass of the night that could have been another touchdown, but his play on Georgia's crucial final scoring drive more than made up for it.

Offensive line – C+

This unit arguably could be graded lower. Like the South Carolina game, Georgia's offensive line failed to protect Murray and was unable to open up holes for the running backs. At one point against Kentucky, the Bulldogs switched to its alternative front five with Kenarious Gates at left guard and Mark Beard at left tackle. Perhaps that is the lineup moving forward, but Murray was sacked three times, and the Bulldogs finished with net 77 yards rushing, with much of those yards gained on the outside. Pitiful.

Defensive Line – C-

Nose guard Kwame Geather's first career sack and his two tackles for loss (totaling negative-10 yards) are the only things that keep this unit from bringing home an ‘F' after Kentucky. This unit continued its seasonal trend—underachieving. John Jenkins finished with three tackles, and Garrison Smith filled in decently for Abry Jones. However, the line rarely got pressure and allowed gaping running lanes, which helped Kentucky gain nearly five yards per carry. Cornelius Washington, whether at end or outside linebacker, has been almost irrelevant most of the season, and he registered just two tackles against Kentucky while over-pursuing numerous times in pass-rush and run defense. His only highlight was a near-interception in the third quarter.

Linebackers – C-

Alec Ogletree was a machine against the Kentucky, a result Georgia fans have come to expect from him. ‘Tree' led Georgia with 11 tackles, giving him 33 in just three games. Amarlo Herrera improved simply by not allowing any big passing plays, and freshman Jordan Jenkins played admirably in his second start. Still, the linebacker group—both inside and outside—must do a better job of applying pressure on the quarterback without allowing big scrambles, while limiting the run. Far too often, this unit is letting backs get by them before catching up to make the tackle.

Defensive Backs – B

The play by Georgia and Kentucky's defensive backs were a dichotomy for much of the night Saturday. While Kentucky's secondary was torched by Murray, Georgia held Kentucky to just 90 passing yards—aside from 33 on a double pass that was tipped by John Jenkins. The back line of the Bulldogs defense was also busy bringing down the ball carrier. Starting safeties Bacarri Rambo (10 tackles) and Shawn Williams (10 tackles) were forced to make tackles because the defenders in front of them allowed Kentucky's running backs to get to the next level. Cornerbacks Sanders Commings (9 tackles, 1 quarterback hurry) and Damian Swann (7 tackles, 1 forced fumble) covered well and played well in the box to help slow down the run and create pressure.

Special Teams – B

Freshman Marshall Morgan continues to struggle with PATs, missing a second quarter attempt that would've tied the game at 14. Rhett McGowan, in his first full game as a punt returner, let a punt bounce to the 3-yard line, but his mistake was nullified when Georgia drove 97 yards for a score. The final Georgia touchdown of the evening concluded a drive that was extended after punter Collin Barber was run into by a Kentucky defender. A heads-up play by Connor Norman to recover Kentucky's onside kick in the fourth quarter assured Georgia possession and the victory. Overall, this unit's mistakes—though ugly—never ended up hurting the Dogs, but the highlights helped secure the victory.

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