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 5 win against Tennessee:
NG John Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi):
He recorded just one tackle, but Jenkins had a solid game pressuring the quarterback and came up with a key fourth-quarter fumble recovery as the Bulldogs’ attempted to protect a one-touchdown lead against the Volunteers.
DE Abry Jones, Sr. (Hendricks):
Coming off an ankle sprain suffered against Vanderbilt, Jones was unable to contribute much against Tennessee. He contributed one tackle and half a tackle for a loss, but watched from the sidelines for most of the Bulldogs’ shootout win.
LB Jarvis Jones, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT, Butkus, Lombardi, Camp):
Tennessee’s talented offensive tackles mostly kept Jones from harassing quarterback Tyler Bray, but he still recorded eight tackles, half a tackle for loss and one quarterback pressure.
WR Tavarres King, Sr. (Biletnikoff):
Both of King’s catches came on the same first-quarter drive. He caught a back-shoulder throw from Aaron Murray for a 31-yard gain, dragging cornerback Justin Coleman for nearly 10 yards after making the catch. Two plays later, King cut across the middle and caught a 7-yard Murray pass, dragging linebacker A.J. Johnson to within inches of the goal line. The officials initially ruled the play a touchdown before determining King’s knee was down at the 1 upon review.
QB Aaron Murray, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O’Brien, Camp):
Murray probably had his rockiest outing of the season -- an interception return for a touchdown and a lost fumble at the Georgia 8 leading to another touchdown are the main reasons why -- but he still led the offense to 560 total yards and 51 points. Murray finished 19-for-25 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
CB Branden Smith, Sr. (Hornung):
Smith was beaten in coverage several times and finished with three tackles against Tennessee, giving him 14 this season. Smith also has a team-high five pass breakups. He still has not contributed on offense or special teams.
DE/LB Cornelius Washington, Sr. (Butkus):
Washington made four tackles against Tennessee and had a key quarterback pressure on the Vols’ final snap when he nearly sacked Bray and forced him to rush a throw that was tipped and intercepted by Sanders Commings. Washington is second on the team with seven quarterback hurries.