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 6 loss at South Carolina:
NG John Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi):
His defense didn’t have much of an answer for Connor Shaw and South Carolina’s offense, but Jenkins gave a strong performance in the middle of the Bulldogs’ defensive line. He recorded eight tackles and hit Gamecocks tailback Marcus Lattimore right at the line on numerous occasions. Jenkins is sixth on the team with 23 tackles.
DE Abry Jones, Sr. (Hendricks):
Jones finished with three tackles on a fairly quiet night against South Carolina. He is ninth on the team with 17 tackles and has one tackle for a loss.
LB Jarvis Jones, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT, Butkus, Lombardi, Camp):
Jones did not have a particularly strong game against South Carolina, as Shaw suckered him into a penalty with a fourth-down hard count and also tricked him at least twice by faking handoffs to Lattimore and instead running outside for big gains. Jones did finish with four tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a sack. He leads the team with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss and is third with 36 tackles.
WR Tavarres King, Sr. (Biletnikoff):
King has not had a huge game since grabbing six passes for 117 yards in the opener against Buffalo. He had just one catch for 16 yards against South Carolina and is second on the team with 323 receiving yards on 17 catches.
QB Aaron Murray, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O’Brien, Camp):
Murray’s performance against South Carolina probably dropped him out of the conversation as a darkhorse pick for the Heisman Trophy and some of the sport’s other top quarterback honors. Typically facing heavy pressure, Murray completed only 11 of 31 passes for 109 yards and an interception as Georgia’s offense never got going with any consistency against the Gamecocks.
CB Branden Smith, Sr. (Hornung):
Smith did not contribute on offense or as a kick returner, which will eliminate him from consideration for the Hornung, which honors versatility. Smith has focused solely on his role at cornerback and leads the team with five pass breakups.
DE/LB Cornelius Washington, Sr. (Butkus):
Washington has helped Georgia’s pass rush in his hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role, but he has hardly set the world on fire. He had two tackles against South Carolina and is tied for second on the team with eight quarterback hurries and tied for 12th on the team with 15 stops.