(I’ll be back with a column from the Georgia-Florida game shortly. Until then, here are my three short takes on the game.)
1. JARVIS JONES A DIFFERENCE-MAKER. If the Georgia outside linebacker (ankle, groin, knee) is still not at full strength, it would be scary to watch him when he is. In a game when defense (and turnovers) ruled the day, Jones stood out. After missing last week’s game against Kentucky, he returned and had four sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and a dozen tackles. If NFL scouts were watching, they were salivating.
2. AARON MURRAY: NOT LOVING JACKSONVILLE: The Georgia quarterback had one of the worst games of his career two years ago, with four turnovers in the Florida game as a freshman. It appeared he would revisit that low Saturday, with interceptions in three consecutive first-half possessions. The most damaging turnover: a third-down pass from the Florida 9 that killed a scoring drive. But Murray amended for some miscues with his late-game 45-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell that made the score 17-9.
3. DISCIPLINE ISSUES EVIDENT: The Bulldogs had 14 penalties for well over 100 yards, including some really foolish personal fouls, such as Mitchell for taunting a Florida defensive back after a catch and cornerback Devin Bowman slapping a Florida player on the helmet after a play was dead. In most games, that would cost them. Certainly, against Alabama, they wouldn’t get away with it.
By Jeff Schultz