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.