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 3 win against Florida Atlantic:
NG John Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi):
Jenkins had a fairly quiet night against Florida Atlantic, finishing with one tackle. He ranks seventh on the team with 12 tackles and has one tackle for a loss.
DE Abry Jones, Sr. (Hendricks):
Likewise, Jones did not make a huge impact against FAU, finishing with three tackles and 0.5 tackles for a loss. He has nine total stops and one tackle for a loss.
LB Jarvis Jones, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT, Butkus, Lombardi, Camp):
A week after generating Heisman Trophy buzz with his performance in a win against Missouri, Jones did not play against FAU. A groin injury kept him on the sidelines during the Bulldogs’ rout, although his coaches expect him to be back this Saturday against Vanderbilt.
WR Tavarres King, Sr. (Biletnikoff):
King caught just two passes against FAU, but they both went for big gains. His 28-yard grab in the first quarter set up a 2-yard Keith Marshall touchdown run, and King later caught a 25-yard play-action pass from Aaron Murray on a third-quarter touchdown drive. King is second on the team with 211 receiving yards.
QB Aaron Murray, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O’Brien, Camp):
Murray had one of the best games of his career against FAU, completing 14 of 19 passes for a career-high 342 yards. He threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more. The junior is completing 64 percent of his passes and already has 842 passing yards and eight touchdowns against two interceptions.
CB Branden Smith, Sr. (Hornung):
Smith continues to focus solely on defense. He had two tackles and a pass breakup against FAU, but has yet to touch the ball on offense or return a kick this season, which will hurt him in the competition for the Hornung award.
DE/LB Cornelius Washington, Sr. (Butkus):
Bothered by a hamstring injury suffered against Missouri, Washington played only intermittently against FAU. He had a key third-down quarterback pressure that forced an incomplete pass and a punt, but otherwise he did not appear on the stat sheet.