Monday, November 12, 2012
The Georgia Top 10: Week 11
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Rare is the instance where a 38-0 victory is deceptive, but that is accurate where Georgia’s win at Auburn on Saturday is concerned.
Auburn (2-8, 0-7 SEC) provided almost no resistance as No. 5 Georgia (9-1, 7-1) rolled to a win that clinched the SEC East title -- with the Bulldogs’ usual suspects leading the way.
That allowed for only minor movement within this week’s Georgia Power Rankings, although this week’s big mover, senior safety Bacarri Rambo, jumped all the way to No. 5 after ranking second on the team in tackles and intercepting a pass against the Tigers.
Here is the full list after 10 games (last week’s rank in parentheses):
1. Jarvis Jones (1): With two more sacks against Auburn -- bringing his total this season to 10.5, along with 17 tackles for a loss -- Jones is closing in on David Pollack’s single-season UGA record of 14 sacks.
2. Aaron Murray (2): Murray threw three touchdown passes against Auburn -- giving him 10 career TD passes and no interceptions against the Tigers -- and guided the Bulldogs to touchdowns on each of their first four possessions before letting up in the second half.
3. Todd Gurley (3): The freshman tailback continues to punish opposing tacklers, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Gurley has broken the 100-yard mark in seven of Georgia’s 10 games. At 973 yards this season, he is only 27 away from becoming the first Bulldogs true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards since Herschel Walker in 1980.
4. Alec Ogletree (4): All Ogletree does is lead Georgia in tackles every game. By posting a team-high 10 stops, two tackles for a loss and a sack against Auburn, Ogletree has led the Bulldogs in tackles in nine of the last 11 games in which he appeared. He is third on the team with 60 tackles and 5.5 TFLs despite missing the first four games on suspension.
5. Bacarri Rambo (NR): Rambo was also suspended for the first four games, but he has been on a tear as of late. The senior safety was second on the team with eight tackles and made his second interception in the last three games against Auburn. He is averaging 7.5 tackles per game since returning from suspension.
6. Malcolm Mitchell (5): The sophomore’s return to receiver continues to bear fruit as he caught a touchdown pass for the third consecutive game against Auburn. Mitchell played defensive back almost exclusively for the first four games, but has since taken over the team lead with 31 catches. He is third on the team with 405 receiving yards.
7. John Jenkins (7): Jenkins recorded two tackles and supplied consistent pressure in his hybrid role between defensive end and the interior line. The big nose guard has 30 tackles and is third on the team with 12 quarterback hurries.
8. Tavarres King (9): The senior receiver made an acrobatic touchdown catch against Auburn -- the 19th of his career, which ties for fourth in UGA history. He leads the team with 624 receiving yards and seven touchdowns and is on pace for one of the most prolific receiving seasons in program history.
9. Shawn Williams (8): After his mouth roared before the Florida game to great effect, Williams went back to letting his pads talk for him (he hasn’t done an interview since calling his defensive teammates soft the Monday before Georgia’s win against the Gators). After totaling five tackles and a forced fumble against Auburn, Williams leads the team with 66 tackles and is fourth with five tackles for a loss.
10. Damian Swann (10): Swann had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry against Auburn, but didn’t have a hand in a turnover -- which is a big shift from the previous two games, where he was involved in four takeaways. Swann is seventh on the team with 39 tackles and is tied for the team lead in interceptions (two), fumble recoveries (two) and pass breakups (five).