ATHENS, Ga. -- Each week during college football season, DawgNation will follow Georgia’s players as they compete for the sport’s national awards.
Seven Bulldogs made preseason watch lists for various college football awards. Here is a list featuring each player, the awards they are in the running for and how they performed in their Week 2 win against Missouri:
NG John Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi):
Jenkins made five tackles -- one for a loss -- as Georgia held Missouri to fewer than 100 rushing yards all night until a 24-yard burst on the game’s final play (the Tigers ended the game with 102 rushing yards on 39 attempts).
DE Abry Jones, Sr. (Hendricks):
Jones’ name wasn’t called much -- he finished with two tackles -- but he helped control the edge of the line, which repeatedly forced Mizzou quarterback James Franklin back to the middle instead of outside where he could make longer runs.
LB Jarvis Jones, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT, Butkus, Lombardi, Camp):
The All-American gave perhaps the most dominant overall performance of his Georgia career, repeatedly harassing Franklin into turnovers and other mistakes. Jones’ fourth-quarter interception return to the Mizzou 1 and forced fumble that UGA recovered at the Mizzou 5 on the next possession helped Georgia put away a previously tight game. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Walter Camp National Player of the Week on Monday.
WR Tavarres King, Sr. (Biletnikoff):
King’s string of consecutive 100-yard games ended at two, but he made one of the offense’s biggest plays of the night -- a screen pass that he took 34 yards to set up a second-quarter touchdown -- and he caught a 7-yard TD pass to help tie the score at 17-all in the third quarter.
QB Aaron Murray, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O’Brien, Camp):
Murray got off to a sluggish start, but he gave a dynamite performance in the second half, leading the Bulldogs to a comeback win by completing 22 of 35 passes for 242 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
CB Branden Smith, Sr. (Hornung):
Smith had an average night against Missouri, but not the kind of game to keep him in contention for the Hornung, which honors versatility. Smith finished with one tackle and two pass breakups, but did not return a kick and did not contribute on offense.
DE/LB Cornelius Washington, Sr. (Butkus):
Jones generated all of the headlines -- and for good reason -- but Washington had an extremely solid game himself by leading the team with 2.5 tackles for loss, adding five stops overall and regularly making himself a nuisance in the Tigers’ backfield.