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 29-24 win against Kentucky:
NG John Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi):
Jenkins and the defensive line did not generate much of a push against Kentucky, allowing the Wildcats to rush for more than 200 yards for the first time this season against an SEC opponent. Jenkins finished with three tackles against Kentucky.
DE Abry Jones, Sr. (Hendricks):
Jones re-aggravated his injured left ankle on the third play against Kentucky and missed the rest of the game. The senior was unable to practice on Monday and his availability for Saturday’s game against Florida is very much in doubt.
LB Jarvis Jones, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT, Butkus, Lombardi, Camp):
An ankle sprain kept him out of the Kentucky game -- the second time this season he has missed a game with an injury, in addition to several other games in which he played hurt -- but Jones was named as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker) Monday. The All-American still leads Georgia with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.
WR Tavarres King, Sr. (Biletnikoff):
King gave one of the top receiving performances in program history against the Wildcats, finishing with a career-high nine catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns. The senior has 17 career touchdown catches, which is fifth in school history. His 2,163 career receiving yards rank sixth in the UGA record books.
QB Aaron Murray, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O’Brien, Camp):
Like his favorite target on Saturday, Murray posted numbers that rank among the best in Georgia history against Kentucky. He passed for career highs in completions (30) and yards (427) by going 30-for-38 for 427 yards and four touchdowns. His 78.95 completion percentage is the best ever by a Georgia quarterback in a game where he had at least 30 completions. He also broke David Greene’s UGA touchdown pass record by reaching 75 Saturday. Murray was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award on Monday.
CB Branden Smith, Sr. (Hornung):
Smith did not appear on offense or special teams and played a limited role on defense against Kentucky. He started at cornerback, but did not record a tackle.
DE/LB Cornelius Washington, Sr. (Butkus):
Washington made two tackles against Kentucky and is tied for 13th on the team with 17 stops this season. He is third with eight quarterback hurries. Washington did not join teammate Jarvis Jones among the 16 semifinalists announced Monday for the Butkus Award.