Kentucky’s leading rusher out for Georgia game

Kentucky’s offense boasts the SEC’s second leading passer, third leading rusher and fourth and fifth leading receivers.

One of those –- the rusher –- will miss Saturday night’s game in Lexington against Georgia.

Tailback Derrick Locke won’t play against the Bulldogs because of a shoulder stinger, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced Thursday.

Locke, who also did not play in the Wildcats’ victory over South Carolina last week, is averaging 95.7 yards rushing per game. Add his receptions and kick returns, and he’s second in the SEC in all-purpose yards (174.7 per game).

Sophomore Donald Russell and freshman Raymond Sanders will play tailback against Georgia in Locke’s absence, Kentucky said. Russell had 41 yards on 18 carries vs. South Carolina.

Even with Locke sidelined, Kentucky has no shortage of playmakers. Randall Cobb, dangerous as a receiver, runner, returner and occasionally passer, is No. 3 in the SEC in all-purpose yards (165 per game). Quarterback Mike Hartline is No. 2 in the league in passing (255.9 yards per game). And wide receiver Chris Matthews is No. 4 in receiving (68.9 yards per game), just ahead of teammate Cobb (66.6).

Kentucky is the SEC’s second highest-scoring team, averaging 35.3 points per game.  Auburn leads the SEC in scoring offense at 40.7 points per game.

Georgia also will be without a front-line tailback Saturday night in Lexington, with Caleb King serving the second game of a two-game suspension.

44 comments Add your comment

Barry

October 22nd, 2010
5:12 am

Still a tough game. UK did pretty well against USCe without him.

Loganville Dawg

October 22nd, 2010
5:59 am

If our Dawgs bring their “A” game, we win! Our offense is plenty good enough to put the points up. We really for the defense to do what they’ve done over the past few games. Kentucky is good but not good enough. Go Dawgs!

Loganville Dawg

October 22nd, 2010
6:00 am

Left out ” really need for the defense”, left out “need”. Need some more coffee.

nub

October 22nd, 2010
6:09 am

Sic UM DAWGS… We don’t lose to UK two yrs in a row!!!!!! WOOf!

CPO Dawg

October 22nd, 2010
6:16 am

The Dawgs need to set the tempo from the beginning. Win the battle in the trenches, make Kentucky go 3 and out more often than not, control the clock and put the boot on their neck and not let off… send the gators a messsage that the momentum is just growing GATA!!!!!!!

German Shepherd Dawg

October 22nd, 2010
6:21 am

Billy Donovan said the following about Dawg basketball, but the quote could be applied to our football team just as appropriately. GO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM! WOOF WOOF WOOF!

““I think when you’ve got a new coach and a new style of play, what happens a lot of times is there’s a learning curve that goes on of how you try to win games inside your system and your style. I think the kids at Georgia probably were going through that, but they are clearly a team to me that I think is going to be terrific.”

nub

October 22nd, 2010
6:25 am

Who do we have on d that can match up with Cobb?

merbertmoover

October 22nd, 2010
6:34 am

maybe CTG can get a little crazy on the sidelines…you know what im sayin? doin the hula hoop, you know what im sayin?

TT

October 22nd, 2010
6:37 am

Who do we have on d that can match up with Cobb? TEAM DEFENSE wins baby.

CHDawg

October 22nd, 2010
7:22 am

What impressed me about UK was their character as a team. They were way down and out against both Aub and SC, and they fought back in both games, winning one of them, and coming close in the other. They don’t give up, so should we get ahead, the coaches better keep the heat on until it is completely out of reach. No sitting on a nice lead with UK! If they get ahead, it will be a real battle to win. Go Dawgs.

stephenson's finest

October 22nd, 2010
7:34 am

Freshman Raymond Sanders from stephenson high school will start at RB for Kentucky. Another stephenson product that UGA didnt go after.

Since Vince

October 22nd, 2010
7:54 am

The nail in the coffin for UGA’s season happens next weekend . It is OVA !

Dawgfan

October 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

Play 4 quarters against them.. UK has become a second half/ 4th quarter team.

reebok

October 22nd, 2010
8:00 am

big test for the new D. good luck, doggies…

Itstheshoes

October 22nd, 2010
8:09 am

I say no sweat. They’re still Kentucky. Let’s go collect a win and keep moving to the SEC CG.

gomdawg

October 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

GEORGIA 27 AND KENTUCKY 17 GO DAWGS

tuck fech

October 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

I’m not sure this team can win three games in a row.

DAWGMAN

October 22nd, 2010
8:21 am

Just stop with the “They’re still Kentucky” or “It’s only Kentucky” BS. They scared Auburn to death and beat South Caroline. Just put that to rest. If you don’t think UGA has an uphill battle tomorrow night, you are very short on smarts. Our D has to play aggressive and miss very few tackles. Get to Hartline as fast as humanly possible and jam the receivers at the line. We could put them away quickly or they could run roughshod on us if we continue to leave receivers wide open. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for a win in any way possible. GO DAWGS!

OneGameAtATime_Dawgs

October 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

Itstheshoes, you better be concerned with Kentucky…… AND PLEASE, LEAVE THE SEC CG OUT OF THE DISCUSSION. I am so sick of hearing about it on these blogs. I want it just as bad as all other Dawg fans, but we gotta take care of one game at a time. Way too many things HAVE to happen for that dream scenario though…………………

Just take care of business Saturday night Dawgs. GATA!!!!

Hankie Aron

October 22nd, 2010
8:25 am

It sounds crazy but I think UK game may be tougher than UF. I know I know about the 17 of 20 but that Florida team is a very very different team these days

Hankie Aron

October 22nd, 2010
8:25 am

They REALLY miss #15

Hankie Aron

October 22nd, 2010
8:26 am

and Superman is not coming out of the tunnel

SadDawg

October 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

“I say no sweat. They’re still Kentucky.”
****************************
You’re either joking or been in a coma for 4 or 5 years. UK beat UGA in our homecoming game last season and just beat SC, who manhandled us and Alabama.

I read where UT and Vandy are the 11th and 12th offenses in the SEC. Now we face the 2nd best. Keep things in perspective, Dawg fans. KY will score a good bit, probably. For sure more than 17 points.

The biggest questions about this game are: 1) Can our offense keep up with theirs? 2) Can our D make some stops late to pull out a win?

UGA has played miserably on the road this season (and last), scoring just 6 and 12 points in SEC-away games. It’s gonna take 30+ to get a win this time.

POPS

October 22nd, 2010
8:35 am

PUT SEC EAST TO REST OK WE WIN THE EAST WIN IN ATL I GUESS THE SEC WILL SEND A 4 LOSS DOG TEAM TO THE NAT CHAMP GAME GUYS I LOVE THE DOGS, BUT THE SEASON WAS OVER IN SC

OneGameAtATime_Dawgs

October 22nd, 2010
8:56 am

POPS,

I totally agree that we nix the SEC East crown talk. But I beg to differ on the season. There is MUCH to play for:

A quality bowl bid

Winning the current recruiting class battle with Bama among others (The Dawgs MUST finish strong for this to happen)

Set expectations for the coaching staff, players and Dawgnation for 2011.

MUCH to play for indeed….. Go Dawgs, GATA!!!

Tomie T W

October 22nd, 2010
9:03 am

Go dawgs! KY is no joke – they play hard and the coach has them believing they can win. GA has to show up and play hard the minute the ball is kicked off – they do not need to have a slow start.

I know they beat SC but I believe GA beat themselves against SC, AK and CO – MState just whooped the dawgs – SC defense was exposed against the pass – GA had a safe game plan – SC stacked the box and the coaches had no belief in A Murray – if they would have let A. Murray loose in the SC game – it would be a different year. Anyway, right now GA has not proven they can hang with a tough team – if they come out of this a winner then I believe they have turned the corner and learned the defense and have a shot at running the table – with the only tough game left at Auburn – strange that FL will be an afterthought for most teams this year – how a year can change things.

GaTruth

October 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

Last year, we were up by 14 at the half and received the second half kick-off – only to fumble inside our 20. It was down hill from there. This year, their top RB is out, Hartline had his game of a life-time last week, and we have momentum. I still get queezy… this isn’t an 80s, 90s UK team. Three keys – tighter coverage, wrap up, hold on to the freakin’ ball! GO DAWGS!!!

kyle

October 22nd, 2010
10:02 am

We have to successfully throw the ball downfield early, the offense did that in both of the last two games and it opens up the running game. The O-line still isn’t very good at run blocking. Murray has another big game, Georgia wins 35-24

RxDawg

October 22nd, 2010
10:35 am

Don’t worry Cats, so is ours. Although the reasons are different…

TheXman

October 22nd, 2010
11:02 am

miss st didnt whip uga. remember 14 points were taken from uga.( the BS holding call on T king that didnt even slow the guy down and the fumble by ealy on the goalline that the ground caused and the call on field was reversed by a ref in a booth. whole different ball game being up 17-7 at the half instead of being down 7-6 at the half. but stuff like that hasnt happen the last two weeks and uga blows teams out. which they can blow UK out aswell with the same ball control on offense and better tackling on defense. get to hartline asap and hold on to cobb when you get to him.

TheXman

October 22nd, 2010
11:05 am

really like what Bobo is doing on offense. spreading it around when teams key on AJ and when they dont murry hits aj in stride. ealy is ripping off about 7 yards a pop now that teams are having to make sure aj is covered first. look for ealy to have a big game again this week..130 plus

ARdawg

October 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

@DAWGMAN

Agree whole-heartedly. I see a battle to the finish and it may not go our way. It ain’t like we’ve had many things going our way this year. Kentucky is long on talent and decent coaching. For the last 20 SEC games WE have been the SEC doormat. We can beat them, just hope we do.

GO DAWGS

These bleachers have eyes ........

October 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

UGA’s AD, McGarity will be watching this game especially close. UGA has lost to KY twice in four years and ANOTHER LOSS to KY will not sit well with the AD, nor his boss Adams or the alumni.

Richt has frittered away his special place in UGA lore with his faith based activities consuming all of his waking hours. . He should go into that full time and allow UGA to get a new regime in here and get on with the job of big boy ball.

Even the UGA haters know that Richt is not recruiting big linemen, big running backs and he has not recruited a QB lately beyond Joe Cox ( TGAGH is Gone ) and Murray and the Hutson Mason kid. Who knows about that troubled NC QB kid. Who knows about him? Mettenberger was only a favor to his Mom who is on the UGA adm team in the UGA Athletic offices.

Richt had better win out ………..or the slumni will force McGarity’s hand I do believe. I are one.

UGA deserves better. World class university, world class fans and world class facilities and world class ………..MONEY. MONEY TALKS AND SMOKE WALKS.

Make it happen Richt.

UGA class of 71 & 73

Browndog

October 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

A win at Kentucky will be very difficult based on how UGA plays on the road. I expect UK to score early and often. They have gotten better each week and should continue this trend against UGA. UGA has also improved, but this will be their first test since the disaster in Colorado. I believe UK beating SC says a lot more about them than the UGA wins over UT and Vandy. Still don’t know if this UGA team is very good. A win against UK sets the stage for an interesting finish to the season.

Devil's Advocate

October 22nd, 2010
1:04 pm

I’m sending a special germ to Cobb today, should be taking effect in the morning. This virus should reduce Cobb’s effectiveness to throwing interceptions, fumbling the ball, and calling the wrong play at the right time. That done, the dawgs should have a 50-50 chance.

Saben

October 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Didn`t UGA VII croak before the Kentucky game last year? He knew the beatdowns were coming.

Kentucky 31 Dawgs 10. UGAVIII croaks

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

I still hurt from last years shocker. Hope the dawgs do too and transfers that pain back to Kentucky. GO DAWGS

SLICK RICHT

October 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

Kenturkey, no problem. Wait, I have to comb my hair.

dallasdawg

October 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Just Win Baby!!!

Saben

October 22nd, 2010
4:03 pm

I like dudes

yankeedawg

October 22nd, 2010
4:24 pm

I think South Carolina lost to Kentucky more then Kentucky beat them!

Bill

October 22nd, 2010
9:29 pm

I’m with Nub!

jacketbrave

October 22nd, 2010
9:55 pm

UGAY has a top ten recruiting class every year……. WHY ARE THEY NEVER WORTH A SH*T?

Dwayne

October 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

jacketbrave….and they still beat tech….hahahahahahaha