ATHENS, Ga. -- Jarvis Jones must not have liked being demoted from the top spot in the UGA Power Rankings for the first time last week because he attacked Florida’s offense with a vengeance in Saturday’s 17-9 victory.
Maybe other factors motivated him a bit more than moving back to No. 1 in the power rankings, but regardless, he’s back there this week after one of the most dominant individual performances in any big game this season. The All-America linebacker was all over the field against Florida, reminding everyone why he is viewed as one of the nation’s top NFL prospects after injuries have slowed him for the majority of the season.
Here is the full list after eight games (last week’s rank in parentheses):
1. Jarvis Jones (2): If you haven’t already seen it, check out Jones’ stat line from the Florida game: 13 tackles, three sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries. Unbelievable. Jones has already won one national weekly award for the effort as he was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday afternoon.
2. Aaron Murray (1): There is no way to sugarcoat it, Murray was awful in the first half against Florida. He was fortunate that Georgia’s defense played well enough to help him overcome three first-half interceptions because they easily could have cost the Bulldogs the game. The shining moment for Murray came in the fourth quarter, when he went 4-for-6 and passed for 80 yards -- including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell -- on Georgia’s only long touchdown drive of the game.
3. Todd Gurley (3): Gurley delivered one of his finest performances against the Gators, helping carry an offense that struggled to sustain drives for most of the game. The freshman tailback carried the ball a season-high 27 times for 118 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 10-yard run in the first quarter.
4. John Jenkins (6): The big man in the middle of the defensive line has had his ups and downs this season, but the Florida game might have been his best performance thus far. Jenkins and the defensive line gave an inspired performance in shutting down Florida’s vaunted rushing attack. He finished with one tackle and one pass breakup, but his impact went well beyond what showed up on the stat sheet.
5. Shawn Williams (7): The senior safety made a risky decision in holding his teammates accountable with public criticism of their soft play. But the Bulldogs gave their most intense performance of the season against Florida at least in part as a result of Williams’ tough talk. And he showed up, as well, tying for second on the team with six tackles -- none bigger than the fourth-down stop he made on Florida’s Solomon Patton just short of the first-down marker, forcing a first-quarter turnover on downs.
6. Alec Ogletree (4): The junior linebacker was one of many Bulldogs who chipped in for the defense’s best performance of the season. Ogletree tied for second on the team with six tackles and also had a pass breakup that was very nearly an interception.
7. Tavarres King (5): After dropping a Murray back-shoulder throw in the third quarter -- just his second drop of the season according to ESPN Stats and Information -- King’s streak of 22 games with at least one catch ended. He still leads the Bulldogs with 26 catches for 511 yards.
8. Malcolm Mitchell (NR): Mitchell drew a couple of dumb penalties against Florida, but he also made the offensive play of the game, turning a short Murray pass into a 45-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 17-9 lead in the fourth quarter. Mitchell led the team with five catches for 74 yards.
9. Amarlo Herrera (10): Herrera once again proved to be a tough run stopper -- particularly against Trey Burton and the Gators’ Wildcat package -- tying for second on the team with six tackles. The Gators rushed for a season-low 81 yards against the Bulldogs and Herrera.
10. Marlon Brown (9): Brown had a quiet night against Florida (two catches for 30 yards), but he provided a key 18-yard grab on the Bulldogs’ fourth-quarter touchdown drive. He is second on the team with 356 receiving yards on 24 catches.