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Final Pass: The Georgia Bulldogs

Kentucky vs. Georgia has been analyzed, dissected, and projected to death by this point in the week.

Here are a few points that may have been overlooked:

Tight End

— UGA lacks a big-name, dynamic receiver. Underneath routes have been favored by QB Jacob Eason as inside wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie leads the team with 30 catches. Tight ends will play a significant role against Kentucky.

— True freshman Isaac Bauta is the team’s third leading receiver with 17 receptions and 2 touchdowns.

— Veteran Jeb Blazevich has only 4 catches but remains a threat. His late-fourth quarter TD grab proved to be the game winner against Missouri.


Scrambling Quarterback

— Jacob Eason has been accurate and prolific while throwing on the run. He’s been forced to do so more frequently than Kirby Smart would prefer. The rookie has a huge arm and is highly competitive. OT’s have struggled against forceful pass rush.

— UK QB chasers will need to remain cognizant of Eason’s release point within the pocket. This also applies to edge containment on third down.

— OLB’s Josh Allen and Denzil Ware will have ample opportunity to pressure Eason on a regular basis.


— UGA leads the SEC in turnover margin; +6, Kentucky is last at -11.

— Dawgs have scored 30 points off 15 forced turnovers.

— Kentucky has fumbled the football 17 times; losing 12.

Pass Defense

— Georgia opponents are completing 61.1% of their passes. Only Ole Miss allows a higher number with 61.2%.

— Ranks seventh in the SEC by allowing 216.4 pass yards per game.

— Safety Dominick Sanders has 11 career interceptions. His 6 in 2015 ranked first in the SEC. 

— CB Deandre Baker totaled 10 tackles and 1 QB sack vs. Florida.

Desperation vs. Hunger

— Three home games remain on the Dawg’s schedule: Auburn, Louisiana Lafayette, and Georgia Tech.

— Kentucky is now a must win for Kirby Smart as his team is sitting at 4-4 going into Saturday.

— Kentucky is 5-3 with Austin Peay poised to travel to Commonwealth Stadium on 19 November. Mark Stoops’ team is hungry. Based on post-practice interviews and other observations his team has tasted victory and wants more.


— Junior RB’s Sony Michel and Nick Chubb met with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney following a combined 11 carry game against Florida. Michel and Chubb were also singled out by Kirby Smart for their leadership at practice this week as the Dawgs prepare for the Cats.

— Nick Chubb recently talked about the duo’s performance vs. the Gators in an interview found on Dawgs247

“Me and Sony, we live together. We’re close. Just me and him talking one-on-one, it was just kind of embarrassing,” Chubb said of the performance against Florida. “I think he had two yards. He came and told me, ‘that ain’t ever going to happen again, two yards.’ Same for me. We kind of agreed upon that. Me and him, personally, made a promise to get these guys going and get things rolling.”

— From, tight end Jeb Blazevich voiced concern following a loss to Vanderbilt: 

“Obviously we want to win that game, I don’t think there’s ever a perfect time (to lose) at the halfway point. But I will say this, and I think coach touched on it a little bit. This is going to sound terrible: It’s almost good in a way,” Blazevich said. “Because if we do win by a field goal, we still have the same problems, then we might not recognize it the same way we do now. But now it’s in our face, it’s pressing us, we’re almost forced to address all the issues that we were having.”

The Georgia players and coaches are saying all the right things. The Dawgs are extremely talented and will have the opportunity to Right the Ship on Saturday night. Momentum favors the Cats. Talent vs. new-found swagger; potential against actuality. Saturday can’t come fast enough.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

4 Comments for Final Pass: The Georgia Bulldogs

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    2:25 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

    Georgia is a team that is trying to turn things around, but they are fragile. I think if things don’t go their way at some point in the game, they might crack, like they did against Florida. It is IMPERATIVE that we take advantage of any Georgia errors, even more so than usual.

    • J-Dub421
      2:50 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed, I also think we need to get off to a fast start again and take an early lead.

  2. Mathlete
    2:47 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

    I keep hearing this quote from Kevin Durant lately – “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Our guys have been working hard all season and all last season, I think they’re going to be seeing the fruits of that labor Saturday night.

    Our pass rush has been solid, their offensive line has been struggling (evidenced by the 14 rushes for 21 yards against Florida). Our secondary has mostly been good, definitely better than Georgia’s deep game. No mental errors will be a key point there.

    If our offense can keep the chains moving, we have a great shot at the upset this week

  3. UK Big Bored Update
    7:07 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

    It is Isaac Nauta. The guy is unreal. He has been since he played for the Chattahoochee Jr. Cougars in Middle School. He was a man child then. He was awesome at Buford HS and then when he transferred to IMG, we lost track. We always knew he was going to be great. And he will be.