Kentucky Week: Thursday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

LEG WEARY: Punter Gordon Ely-Kelso still leads the SEC in punting (41.1 yards per kick), but the junior is in a slump. And he knows it. Ely-Kelso was averaging 43.1 yards per kick heading into the Oct. 7 Tennessee game and has averaged 38.2 since.

After the Florida game, in which Ely-Kelso averaged 38.9 yards per kick and had three bad punts, Coach Mark Richt theorized that the two blocked punts given up last month by the Bulldogs have rattled Ely-Kelso, but the kicker says that's not the case.

"It's coincidence I think," he said. "I'm not doing anything different. The technique is all the same."

Ely-Kelso's dilemma is he wants to kick more to get out of his slump, but his leg already is tired after nine straight weeks of practice and games.

"I'm kind of stuck right now," he said. "I'm trying to kick a little more and not overdo it at the same time."

First-year long-snapper Jeff Henson is not the problem, either, Ely-Kelso said. The Bulldogs time from snap to kick is faster this year than last year, he said.

PERSPECTIVE: Kentucky coach Rich Brooks would love for his defense to get the kind of criticism Georgia's has in the last month, he said this week. The Wildcats are ranked 118th out of 119 Division I-A teams in total defense (455.6 yards per game).

The only difference between this year's Georgia defense and ones of the past is this year's group has been on the field longer due to offensive struggles, Brooks said.

"Florida ran up and down the field on us like it was nothing, and they had a heck of a time moving the ball at all against Georgia," Brooks said. "Georgia probably did the best job against Chris Leak that I've seen anybody do against Chris Leak since he became a starter."

As for Bulldog defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, he claims not to have heard the griping that his group was subjected to before the Florida game.

"There are nine or 10 guys I listen to and those are the coaches on this staff," he said. "I used to (listen to it) earlier in my career, and I figured out that wasn't the way to prepare."

INJURY UPDATE: Guard Chester Adams (ankle) will not travel with the team to Lexington, Ky., due to his injury. Michael Turner will start at guard, and the Bulldogs will have just two scholarship reserves along the offensive line – guard Seth Watts and center Ian Smith.

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