Georgia vs. Ole Miss Grade Report by Position

Georgia overcame a slow start to dismantle Ole Miss 37-10. Jonathan Branch grades each group on how it performed against the Rebels below.

Quarterback – A-

Aaron Murray overcame heavy pressure early by Ole Miss to throw for 384 yards and four scores, as the Bulldogs scored 30 points in two quarters against a team that had allowed 30 points just three times all season (Texas, Alabama & Texas A&M).

Murray completed 75% of his passes (21-of-28) and spread the ball out to a plethora of receivers. He carried out a perfect fake on the rooskie play to Marlon Brown, danced and dodged pressure to make a solid throw on the run to Tavarres King for touchdown and threw a nearly-perfect ball to Malcolm Mitchell for another score. Despite being sacked five times (we'll get to the O-Line momentarily), this will be remembered as one of his finer performances.

Running Back – B+

Once again, Georgia used bell cow Todd Gurley to wear down an opponent's defense. Against Ole Miss, Gurley ran for 117 yards on 18 carries and caught a pass for 23 yards, despite not getting a touch in the last 10 minutes of game time. His two longest runs of the day, one for 17 yards and another for 31 yards, came on his first and last carry of the day, respectively. Keith Marshall caught a pair of passes for 15 yards and added 11 carries for 28 yards to stabilize a balanced Georgia attack. Each of the freshmen backs had uncharacteristic fumbles, but Ole Miss had possession for a total of 28 seconds after those fumbles, thanks to Georgia's defense forcing turnovers. Zander Ogletree reached the endzone on an eight-yard fullback handoff and caught two passes for 12 yards, giving Georgia yet another target offensively.

Wide Receiver/Tight End – A-

Marlon Brown caught three passes, including the rooskie, for 113 yards before his season was ended in the third quarter when he suffered a torn ACL. If Saturday is any indication, however, Georgia has discovered a new batch of weapons for Murray to target. Malcolm Mitchell caught three passes for 55 yards and a score, Jay Rome set a career-high for catches (3) and Rantavious Wooten had two catches for 36 yards and Georgia's final score of the day. Rhett McGowan caught two more first-down passes to finish with two catches for 27 yards. Tavarres King was absent much of the first half but managed to snag a touchdown catch on a backyard-style play just before halftime. Chris Conley and Arthur Lynch each caught a pass for six and 31 yards, respectively.

Offensive Line – C+

Missed assignments and poor communication plagued this group early against the Rebels. Five sacks were the result. The front five also received a shakeup after right guard Chris Burnette went down with an injury. Dallas Lee moved to Burnette's spot from left guard and performed better as the game progressed. Kenarious Gates played well in the left guard spot, perhaps a more comfortable position that his left tackle position, where he was having trouble prior to Burnette's injury. Mark Beard did a nice job of sliding in at left tackle, and coaches should feel comfortable if he has to answer the call against Auburn. At the end of the day, the line protected Murray enough for the signal caller to throw for four touchdowns, and Gurley managed 6.5 yards per carry.

Defensive Line – A-

Perhaps no group underachieved the first half of the season more than Georgia's defensive line, but in recent weeks, the big boys have come to play. Garrison Smith continues to prove that a defensive end can be a playmaker in Georgia's scheme, racking up his first career sack. Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins are once again proving to be a tough combo, especially when used simultaneously. Ray Drew saw a fair amount of snaps and collected a pair of tackles. This group did a good job of controlling gaps to allow freed-up linebackers to make plays, while helping to limit Ole Miss to 1.6 yards-per-attempt on the ground.

Linebackers – B+

While Jarvis Jones had a quiet Saturday against Ole Miss, Alec Ogletree was making plenty of racket, flying to the ball and making plays in the Rebel backfield. ‘Tree' finished with 11 tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a very athletic interception in the open field, and a safety. Jones and Jordan Jenkins applied steady pressure against the Rebels but often came up empty, unable to make the sack or the tackle for loss. Amarlo Herrera continues to be a rock in run support, racking up five tackles, and Christian Robinson and Mike Gilliard each tallied two tackles.

Defensive Backs – A

Damian Swann is becoming a household name for many Georgia fans, and his play the last two weeks warrants such praise and conversation. Swann had a sack, a pass breakup and two fumble recoveries that stretched 49 yards against Ole Miss. With the exception of a failed attempt at an interception early by Shawn Williams, the Georgia secondary seemed to be in the right place at the right time Saturday. Bacarri Rambo finished with seven tackles and an impressive forced fumble as part of a whacky series of hot potato (five turnovers in four plays) between the Bulldogs and Rebels. Branden Smith had one of his better performances in a Bulldog uniform, and Sanders Commings chipped in five tackles (four of them solo). The solid play of the secondary limited the Ole Miss passing attack to just 188 yards on 17 completions in 28 attempts.

Special Teams – B+

Marshall Morgan missed a 47-yard field goal attempt, but the miss had little influence on the outcome of this one. Collin Barber had a breakout performance for a punter's standards—5 punts for a 48.2 yard average, including a 60-yard blast. Two of Barber's punts pinned Ole Miss inside the 20-yard line, including one downed at the 3-yard line. As a bonus, Georgia played mistake-free in the return game.

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