AUBURN, Ala. — Tavarres King sported a different jersey number Saturday against Auburn, and he put together another solid outing in the Bulldogs’ victory over the Tigers.
King honored fellow wide receiver Marlon Brown by wearing Brown’s No. 15 against the Tigers. Brown suffered a torn ACL in Georgia’s 37-10 victory over Mississippi last week, ending the senior’s career at Georgia.
Along with wearing Brown’s number, King honored Brown with his play, finishing with three catches for 73 yards, all in the first half, in Georgia’s 38-0 victory.
King jumped up and snagged a 17-yard touchdown pass, barely getting the necessary one foot in bounds to give Georgia a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
The catch was the 19th receiving touchdown in King’s career, moving him into a tie for fourth in Georgia history with Brice Hunter.
Later in the second quarter, King snuck behind Auburn’s secondary and hauled in a 55-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Murray to set up a Todd Gurley rushing score one play later.
NEW TARGETS: Georgia tight ends Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome combined to catch more passes against Auburn than they had in any game all season.
Entering Saturday’s matchup, the pair of tight ends had only caught four passes or fewer in each game this season. In Georgia’s first game without Brown, Murray turned to new targets – his tight ends.
Lynch matched his career-high with three catches for 29 yards, while Rome had two catches for 17 yards. All their catches were in the first half.
BEARD GETS FIRST START: With guard Chris Burnette sidelined with a shoulder injury, sophomore Mark Beard received his first start at left tackle.
Kenarious Gates slid from left tackle to left guard, and Dallas Lee moved from left to right guard to replace Burnette.
Burnette, who suffered the shoulder injury in the first half vs. Ole Miss last week, saw his streak of 18 consecutive starts end.
MORE SACKS: Jarvis Jones continued his terrorizing of quarterbacks.
Jones notched two sacks in the first half on the Tigers’ freshman signal caller Jonathan Wallace. The two sacks gives Jones 10.5 sacks this season, four shy of David Pollack’s school record of 14 sacks in a single season. Jones improved his career sack total to 24.