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Bulldogs 10: Week 3 power rankings

9/17/2012
AP Photo/Paul Abell

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s record-setting 56-20 rout of Florida Atlantic was clearly a night for the Bulldogs’ offense with several players establishing career highs.

The Bulldogs’ offense is on the move in this week’s player rankings, although All-America outside linebacker Jarvis Jones maintains the top spot despite missing the FAU game with an injury. We’re expanding the list from seven players to 10 this week and will continue to update the rankings each Monday to reflect the key players’ performances.

Here is the list after three games (last week’s rank in parentheses):

1. Jarvis Jones (1): Jones might not have played against Florida Atlantic, but Georgia’s defensive struggles showed how valuable he actually is, as the Owls moved the ball efficiently in the first half. The Bulldogs desperately need his pass-rushing skills back in the lineup as they prepare to play seven consecutive SEC games.

2. Aaron Murray (2): Murray led Georgia’s offense to the top performance in school history with 713 total yards against Florida Atlantic. Murray completed 14 of 19 passes for a career-high 342 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two short scores.

3. Todd Gurley (6): Against FAU, Gurley rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time in three college games. He had 10 carries for 111 yards and scored on a 38-yard jaunt. The freshman leads the Bulldogs with 276 rushing yards, four touchdowns and an average of 9.9 yards per carry.

4. Shawn Williams (3): Williams continues to serve as the stabilizing force in Georgia’s secondary, leading the team with a career-high 12 tackles against FAU. He leads the team with 25 total tackles.

5. Michael Bennett (NR): Bennett joins the list for the first time after catching four passes for a career-high 110 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown catch, against FAU. Bennett leads Georgia with 17 catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns -- averaging 88.3 receiving yards per game.

6. Tavarres King (4): King made just two catches against FAU, but finished with 53 receiving yards. The senior wideout is second on the team with 211 yards on 10 catches.

7. John Jenkins (5): Georgia’s big nose guard shook off an injury to play against FAU, although he had a quiet outing with just one tackle. He is seventh on the team with 12 tackles.

8. Amarlo Herrera (NR): Playing for suspended linebacker Alec Ogletree, Herrera had another strong game against FAU. He led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles against Missouri and had seven tackles and returned an interception for a 35-yard touchdown against FAU.

9. Marlon Brown (NR): After a breakout game against Missouri, Brown didn’t get into the end zone against FAU, but he did have another solid effort with three catches for 44 yards. He is third on the team with 150 receiving yards on 11 catches in just two games after missing the opener against Buffalo.

10. Malcolm Mitchell (NR): Although he continued to play predominantly at cornerback, Mitchell made his season debut on offense against FAU and made a 49-yard catch on his only play at receiver. Mitchell had a tackle, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery on defense as well.