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 have performed thus far:
NG John Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi): Shortly after ESPN Scouts Inc. named Jenkins as one of the top five prospects for the upcoming NFL draft, Jenkins matched his career high by registering six tackles in Georgia’s opener against Buffalo.
DE Abry Jones, Sr. (Hendricks): Jones had a fairly quiet opener, totaling four tackles against Buffalo.
LB Jarvis Jones, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT, Butkus, Lombardi, Camp): Jones certainly didn’t hurt his candidacy for any postseason honors with his performance against Buffalo. Jones finished with a team-high eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
WR Tavarres King, Sr. (Biletnikoff): After finishing the 2011 season with a record-setting 205-yard outing against Michigan State, King produced his second consecutive 100-yard outing vs. Buffalo. Quarterback Aaron Murray missed him on a couple of early deep balls, but they finally connected on a 63-yard touchdown bomb and King finished with six catches for 117 yards.
QB Aaron Murray, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O’Brien, Camp): A darkhorse preseason pick to contend for the Heisman Trophy, Murray had an OK first game that could have been spectacular if he had been more accurate on a couple of deep balls early. He finished 15-for-26 for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
CB Branden Smith, Sr. (Hornung): Hoping to make Georgia a back-to-back winner for the award that goes to the nation’s most versatile player, Smith contributed only on defense against Buffalo, totaling four tackles and a pass breakup. He received Buffalo’s first punt, but fair caught it and Damian Swann later replaced him as punt returner.
DE/LB Cornelius Washington, Sr. (Butkus): Playing his first official game in his new hybrid role at defensive end and outside linebacker, Washington finished with four tackles, 0.5 sacks and 0.5 tackles for a loss against Buffalo.