November 3, 2006

Dawgs and Cats

GEORGIA-KENTUCKY PREVIEW


What: Georgia (6-3, 3-3) at Kentucky (4-4, 2-3)
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky When: Saturday, November 4, 2006,
1:00 p.m. TV: No Live TV, CSS Replay (Matt Stewart, Buck Belue)


The Bulldogs travel north to Lexington hoping to put
a rough 1-3 October behind them. Georgia will look to get their offense on track
against the SEC's worst defense. The Kentucky Wildcats are hoping to win
two more games this season to become bowl eligible.


Here is how the two teams matchup on both sides of the
ball.


GEORGIA OFFENSE vs. KENTUCKY DEFENSE


The Georgia offense has been very inconsistent this season
and is ranked 90th in the nation in total offense averaging 307 yards per game.


Freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford (1000 yards passing
3 tds, 9 ints) will try to get the Georgia offense going against the 118th defense
in Division I-A.


Kentucky's pass defense gave up 411 passing yards
to Central Michigan and 384 to Mississippi State already this season. The are
115th in the nation in pass defense and give up an average of 269.7 yards per
game.


Georgia's two leading receivers Mohamed Massaquoi
(17 rec, 236 yards, 1 td) and Martrez Milner (17 rec 232 yards, 2 tds) have
both been benched for the Kentucky game after dropping several passing against
Florida last week. Both players have struggled with drops throughout the entire
2006 season.


Sophomores Demiko Goodman (12 rec, 158 yards) and Tripp
Chandler (2 rec, 37 yards, 1 td) will start in place of Massaquoi and Milner
respectively.


Starting flanker A.J. Bryant (11 rec, 167 yards) has been
hampered by a groin injury and Kenneth Harris (11 rec, 214 yards) and Mikey
Henderson (7 rec, 44 yards) may see more playing time this week.


The leader in the Kentucky secondary is free safety Marcus
McClinton who has three interceptions this season and 34 total tackles.


Junior tailback Kregg Lumpkin leads Georgia's rushing
attack with 518 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Bulldogs are 77th
in Division I-A is rushing this season averaging 123.9 yards per game. In their
last two games, Georgia has managed only 103 yards rushing against Mississippi
State and 64 yards rushing against Florida.


Junior tailback Danny Ware (210 rush yards, 139 rec yards)
will also see time in the backfield as well as handling the kick return duties
this week for Georgia.


Fullback Brannan Southerland has been the Bulldogs'
most consistent offensive weapon this season leading the team in touchdowns
with seven. Southerland is the third leading receiver (13 rec, 130 yards) and
fourth leading rusher (81 yards) for Georgia this year.


Kentucky's rush defense is 109th in Division I-A
giving up 185.9 yards per game and 14 touchdowns this season.


Leading the Wildcats' rush defense are linebackers
Wesley Woodyard (71 total tackles) and Braxton Kelley (49 total tackles) who
are first and second on the team in tackles.


Georgia will be short handed on the offensive line without
guard Chester Adams, but the Georgia offensive line is undefeated this season
when missing one of their top six linemen. OT/OG Michael Turner will start in
place of Adams. The Georgia offensive line has given up only 13 sacks this season.


The leading pass rusher for the Wildcats is defensive
tackle Myron Pryor who has four sacks. Starting defensive ends Durrell White
and Dominic Lewis each have two sacks this season.


GEORGIA DEFENSE vs. KENTUCKY OFFENSE


The Georgia defense rebounded after several tough games
to hold a potent Florida offense to only 14 points last week. The Bulldog defense
ranks 14th in the nation in total defense and they held opponents to only 17
points per game this season.


Leading the Georgia defensive is senior linebacker Tony
Taylor. Taylor leads the team in total tackles (63), solo tackles (42), interceptions
(4), and is tied for first with Charles Johnson in forced fumbles (2).


Kentucky's offense averages 331.8 yards per game
and they are led by junior quarterback Andre' Woodson. Woodson has 1921
yards passing, 18 touchdowns, and just 5 interceptions this season. The Wildcats
have only turned the ball over ten times this season compared to Georgia's
22 turnovers.


Wide receivers Keenan Burton (39 rec, 605 yards, 5 tds)
and Dicky Lyons (31 rec, 524 yards, 8 tds) are a solid receiving duo for Woodson
to throw to.


Georgia cornerbacks Paul Oliver and Ramarcus Brown will
aim to shut down the Wildcat passing attack following a strong performance in
Jacksonville last week.


The Wildcats lost their leading rusher Rafael Little (286
yards) and have turned to redshirt freshman Alfonso Smith (140 yards) who ran
for 91 yards on 17 carries last week against Mississippi State.


Looking to stop the rushing attack will be linebacker
Jarvis Jackson (47 total tackles) and safeties Tra Battle (45 total tackles)
and Kelin Johnson (49 total tackles). Georgia has held opponents to only 3 yards
per carry rushing this season and is 25th in the nation in rush defense.


Upfront the Wildcats have three solid senior offensive
linemen anchoring their line in center Matt McCutchan, guard Hayden Lane, and
tackle Michael Aitcheson.


Georgia has two highly regarded defensive ends in senior
Quentin Moses (3 sacks, 21 quarterback pressures) and junior Charles Johnson
(4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, 7 batted balls, 1 safety). Georgia will start
their third different defensive tackle this season opposite Jeff Owens (19 total
tackles) in senior Dale Dixson (9 total tackles).


SYNOPSIS: Georgia may have turned the
corner on their season when they almost beat a very good Florida team on the
road last week. Kentucky's defense is awful, but they have a good passing
game and Georgia will need a strong offensive performance to build confidence
before they play Auburn next week and Georgia Tech in three weeks.


PREDICTION: Georgia has the advantage
at almost every position on the field and Kentucky has not beat Georgia in nine
years. The Kentucky game will be Stafford's first big day as Georgia quarterback
and the Bulldogs will thump Kentucky on the road 38-10.



GEORGIA KENTUCKY
RECORD OverallSEC
6-3 3-3
SCORING Pts. ScoredPts. Allowed
224 154
NET YARDS PlaysRushPassTotAvg
Team 523 1,151 1,648 2,763
5.3
Avg. 123.9 183.1 307.0
RUSHING AttYdsAvgTD
Team 280 1,151 4.0 14
PASSING PC-PAPctYdsIntTDYds/A
Team 129-243 53.1 1,648 12 8 6.1
PUNTING NoYdsAvg
Team 38 1,479 41.1
KICKING XPFGPts
Team 24 12 60
OTHER Pen2-XPSafAvg TOP
Team 56-438 01 28:14
RECORD OverallSEC
4-4 2-3
SCORING Pts. ScoredPts. Allowed
203 246
NET YARDS PlaysRushPassTotAvg
Team 491 662 1,993 2,655
5.4
Avg. 82.8 249.1 331.9
RUSHING AttYdsAvgTD
Team 233 662 2.8 8
PASSING PC-PAPctYdsIntTDYds/A
Team 149-258 57.8 1,993 5 18 7.7
PUNTING NoYdsAvg
Team 43 1678 39.3
KICKING XPFGPts
Team 26 5 41
OTHER Pen2-XPSafAvg TOP
Team 55-447 0 0 29:57



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