Fast Five: Kentucky Press Conference Day

ATHENS - Dean Legge recaps Mark Richt's press conference for the week of the Kentucky game.

1. Georgia will, again this week, deal with a team that’s comfortable running the ball.

Kentucky is very impressive in the run game,” Richt said on Tuesday.

The Cats at ranked 10th in the SEC averaging 160 yards a game on the ground. Florida averaged just about the same amount before running up more than 400 yards last week.

Mark Stoops, on the other hand, has decided to jumble up his running backs going into this week’s game with the Bulldogs. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Stoops jumbled up the depth chart on Monday - sending former Georgia commit Stanley Williams to the starting spot and sending JoJo Kemp to fourth string.

According to the Courier-Journal:

“Stoops and his staff attempted to send a message Monday by shaking up the depth chart, moving freshman running back Stanley "Boom" Williams into the starting job, ahead of Braylon Heard, and sliding sophomore Jojo Kemp — star of that South Carolina game — to fourth. Several receivers were reshuffled, too.”

2. Questions linger from Jacksonville.

Richt spent much of the early part of his press conference on Tuesday talking about Georgia’s 38-20 loss to the Gators on saturday.

“Not the greatest performance last week,” Richt said. “We all know that. But the mindset was were it needed to be yesterday.”

Specifically, Richt said the Bulldogs were not containing or “setting the edge” at the line of scrimmage.”

“At times when we were supposed to set the edge and keep it from bouncing outside there were too many times when we got too far inside. It allowed it to bounce. We would have done a better job to stay wider,” Richt said. “It was an execution thing. It was more about what we did than what they did. We just didn’t have enough width. We didn’t do a good job of that.”

Richt went on to say that the Bulldogs then started to over adjust to what Florida was doing.

“We had some issues with guys staying in the correct gap. Disappointing,” Richt said. “I think some of the guys tried to make a play rather than doing their job. We saw nothing coming close to anyone loafing or giving out at all.”

3. No more scoreboard watching.

Georgia’s days of looking at the national landscape are over now. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 11 in the first College Football Playoff rankings last week, but are not expected to be anywhere close to that this week.

“We are really just trying to win the game this week. If we don’t win nothing else matters. Let’s just try to win this week,” Richt said.

Part of that will be defending better than last week.

“I don’t know what Kentucky’s game plan will be. The bottom line is that we have to defend what we see,” Richt said. “They have a balanced attack. We have to do a good job of winning first down.”

4. Gurley still waiting for his chance.

Todd Gurley will not be eligible to play for Georgia this week. It is the final game of his NCAA-mandated four-game suspension. Gurley is eligible to play against Auburn on Nov. 15. Richt said he was “hopeful” that Gurley would play against Florida.

Obviously, that didn’t happen.

“I don’t know if Todd was sitting there waiting to play,” Richt said. “We all had hopes he would play. I am sure it hurt him.”

In the meantime, Gurley has been practicing with the team.

“He can’t wait to play,” Richt said.

5. Limping in

This is the second season in a row Georgia and Kentucky have both come into their annual fight with a loss each the week before. Last year Georgia suffered a heartbreaking 43-38 loss at Auburn. The Cats lost 22-6 at Vanderbilt last season before their 59-17 loss to the Bulldogs in Athens.

Kentucky had significant momentum at the start of the season - narrowly losing to Florida in overtime on the way to jumping out to a 5-1 record to start the season. But the Cats have lost three consecutive games to knock them out of SEC contention.

Georgia, even without Todd Gurley, seemed to have gained momentum with five wins in a row, including three well-played wins over Vanderbilt, Missouri and Arkansas. But the Bulldogs came back to Earth with a bone-jarring 38-20 loss to unranked Florida.

Georgia is bowl eligible, but the Cats will have to win one of their final three games in order to get to a bowl game for the first time since 2010. Remaining on Kentucky’s slate: Georgia, at Tennessee and at Louisville.


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