Memorable Debut For Rumph

Wideout Jonathon Rumph made his 2014 debut at Kentucky memorable.

Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph was perhaps the most talked about player in the SEC—certainly from Georgia’s fan base--who had never taken a snap this season.

He was trending on Twitter after making his first catch of the season in the first quarter on a 10-yard grab and soon following up on the same drive with a one-handed catch for 19 yards.

“I was just in the moment, making plays, and I felt good,” Rumph said.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Rumph dealt with a hamstring injury again this season and had made enough strides that receivers coach Tony Ball turned to him Saturday.

“The receiving corps kept me up,” Rumph said. “Coach (Tony) Ball told me to stay loose and I was going to play a lot this game. He finished with a game-high 81 receiving yards on four catches.

“So happy for Rumph,” Richt said. “I really am. Not only was I happy for him, but his teammates were so happy for him just to see him get in there and play and play big.”

The junior college transfer had seven catches for 121 yards last season, but had not played before Saturday. The hamstring injury this time around was worse than last season, Rumph indicated, which had been frustrating.

“He made some big plays,” Richt said. “That crossing route he caught, kind of took the one-hand stab and the long ball. …He really made his presence known.”

Secondary deals with injuries

Georgia had only eight scholarship defensive backs available because cornerback Brendan Langley didn’t make the trip due to a pulled hamstring. Backup cornerback Malkom Parrish also did not make the trip after sustaining a concussion on Tuesday. Safeties Quincy Mauger and Corey Moore were shaken up after a 5-yard run for Mikel Horton with 8:59 to go, but Richt said afterwards they both should be fine.

The Bulldogs held quarterback Patrick Towles to 139 passing yards and sacked him three times.

This and that

Malcolm Mitchell’s 23-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his first touchdown since Nov. 17, 2012 against Georgia Southern. He had four catches for 55 yards and also had a key block on Michel’s 23-yard touchdown run. Mitchell was lost for the 2013 season after tearing an ACL in the opener and missed the first four games of this season. ….The two highest point totals in Richt’s 14 seasons have come this year. The only one higher was the 66-0 win over Troy earlier this season. …Chris Conley had two touchdown catches, giving him 17 for his career, tying him with teammate Michael Bennett for No. 6 on the program’s all-time list. …Center David Andrews made his team leading 36th straight start despite an ankle injury sustained last week …Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, a Lexington native, performed the Star-Spangled Banner. …Kentucky wrapped up its home schedule and Commonwealth Stadium will now go through the final stage of $120 million worth of renovations in time for the 2015 season.

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