GEORGIA’S NEXT OPPONENT
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.
TV; radio: FSSO; 750, 95.5
Record: 1-6 (0-4 SEC)
Last time played: Georgia defeated Kentucky 19-10 in Athens on Nov. 19, 2011, to clinch a spot in the SEC Championship game.
On offense: Kentucky has been hard hit by injuries at quarterback, where sophomore starter Maxwell Smith is out with a torn ankle ligament and freshman backup Patrick Towles is doubtful because of a high ankle sprain. Freshman Jalen Whitlow is likely to start at QB for the third consecutive game; senior Morgan Newton is another option. Injuries also have hurt at tailback, where the Wildcats lost 2011 starter Josh Clemons (knee) and 2012 starter CoShik Williams (hip) for the season. Raymond Sanders, from Stone Mountain (Stephenson High), is the Cats’ leading rusher with 324 yards in six games played. Senior La’Rod King is the top receiver with 31 catches for 351 yards and four touchdowns.
On defense: Four true freshmen — including twin brothers Daron and Zack Blaylock, safeties from Marietta (Walton High) — played extensively last week in Kentucky’s injury-decimated secondary. Junior linebacker Avery Williamson is third in the SEC with 68 tackles.
What you should know: Kentucky had its worst game of the season last week, trailing Arkansas 42-0 at halftime and losing 49-7 in a game stopped in the third quarter because of lightning. The Wildcats’ three previous games were against ranked opponents (losses to Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi State); their only win came Sept. 8 over Kent State. The Cats have played 26 freshmen (including redshirt freshmen), fourth most in the nation. Kentucky has 23 players on its roster from Georgia.
Coach: Joker Phillips, in his third season as Kentucky’s head coach, has a 12-20 record (4-16 SEC).
– Tim Tucker