The Georgia Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3) will be shorthanded on
the offensive line for the fifth time this season as they head to Lexington
to face the Kentucky Wildcats (4-4, 2-3).
Junior guard Chester Adams is out for
the Kentucky after re-injuring his ankle earlier this week in practice. Head
coach Mark Richt announced before practice Thursday that Adams
will not make the trip to Lexington.
"I do not think Cheese will travel with us and I
do not think he is healthy enough to go and he would be better off staying at
home and getting some rehab," said Richt of Adams' status for Saturday.
Without Adams in the lineup, sophomore Seth Watts
will backup starting tight guard Michael Turner. If any of
the tackles are injured or need a break Watts will come in the game and Turner
will shift to either tackle position.
Georgia has had all eight of their offensive linemen rotation
players healthy for only three games this season, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and
Florida which also happen to be Georgia's three losses this year.
Georgia will start four seniors Nick Jones,
Turner, Daniel Inman,
Ken Shackleford, and
one junior Fernando Velasco against Kentucky.
Dawgs looking at JUCO OL
Coach Richt was asked Thursday about Georgia looking at
junior college offensive linemen to fill in the gaps in their offensive line
next season and he said there are looking, "a good bit and we are working
on that right now."
Richt has been reluctant in the past to bring in junior
college players because Georgia prefers to have their players mature in their
system and only play as upper classmen.
"Sometimes you have to do that (recruit junior college
players), but you do not want to build your program around that where every
year you have to rely on that. I would much rather get them in young and work
them through the program," said Richt.
Georgia will return only nine scholarship offensive linemen
next season and only one player with game experience at offensive tackle in
"There are times when you have depth issues and
you just have to find some mature people," said Richt.
Some players Georgia may be looking at did not play as
freshman in junior college and have three years of Division I-A eligibility.
"That would be the best you could hope for, but
that is not a deciding factor," said Richt of picking junior college players
with three years of eligibility left.
Ware to return kicks again
Junior running back Danny Ware will be
returning kicks for the Bulldogs again this week as they head to Kentucky.
"We are comfortable with him doing it or we would
not have him back there," said Richt of having Ware return kickoffs. "I
think he has got more work this week and is feeling better about it and we feel
good about him being out there."
Ware returned two kicks against Florida for 30 yards last
week in his first action at Georgia as a kick returner.
Working behind Ware at kick returner are freshmen
Asher Allen, Prince Miller, and Bryan Evans,
and sophomore Ramarcus Brown.
Special Teams star named Captain
Junior safety Drew Williams was named
a captain for the Kentucky game after a strong special teams performance against
Florida in Jacksonville. Williams recorded three total tackles on kickoff coverage
"I guess it was more of a shock than anything and
it was totally unexpected and something like that is such a honor and when you
achieve something like that you do not want to take it for granted and have
a let down game," said Williams. "Hopefully it will work out for
me and not jinx me."
Williams has ten total tackles this season all on kickoffs.
Ely-Kelso looking to get back on track
Senior punter Gordon Ely-Kelso has struggled
the last few games punting the football according to his own standards. After
having a blocked punt for the first time in his career, Ely-Kelso's production
dropped in the last several games.
"I am definitely not kicking right now like I feel
like I can," said Ely-Kelso. "I do not think it had anything to
do with the blocks, that kind of happened and then it started and I think it
is a coincidence."
Ely-Kelso does not think he has changed his approach to
the ball, but he thinks maybe his leg is fatigued at this point in the season.
"I do not think I am doing anything different I
just think I am in a slump I guess," said Ely-Kelso. "This is my
ten week in a row of kicking so my leg is tired so I am trying to conserve my
leg, but I am not kicking very well so I want to kick. I am trying to kick a
little more, but not over do it at the same time, but basically I have to kick
and it will happen."
Despite his recent struggles, Ely-Kelso is still leading
the SEC in punting.
Freshman linebacker Darius Dewberry (hamstring)
and junior guard Chester Adams (ankle) did not practice Thursday.
Practicing in green jerseys Thursday were
Mohammed Massaquoi (hamstring), Mikey Henderson (hamstring),
Sean Bailey (ACL),
Knowshon Moreno (hamstring),
and Reshad Jones (ankle).
Freshman receiver Tony Wilson's
shoulder has improved and he is now taking full contact in practice again.
Other Notes and Quotes
Georgia will face Kentucky for the 60th time since 1939
Saturday. Georgia has won the last nine straight meeting over Kentucky.
"I am not sure and it does not seem like anymore
than any other week, we have the same kind of stuff. Going in basically we have
the same plays and the same gameplan as a lot of teams we played already and
I do not see us running and shooting too much," said freshman quarterback
Matthew Stafford when asked if the Dawgs plan to throw the
ball a lot against Kentucky.
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