Dawgs beat Kentucky: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's win over Kentucky.

MUNSON HONORED: In what could be his final game working in Sanford Stadium, play-by-play announcer Larry Munson was recognized during the first quarter with an honorary athletic letter. Athletics director Damon Evans gave Munson a plague and a letterman's jacket during a break in the action.

Munson, who has been plagued by health problems in recent years, will work his first road game of the season next week when he calls the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in Atlanta.

Scott Howard has filled in for Munson on road games this year, but Howard will be in Wisconsin next Saturday working the men's basketball game against Wisconsin. Former Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier will provide color commentary for Munson in Atlanta.

No decision has been made on Munson's status for next season, said WSB's Neil Williamson. Munson has been the voice of Georgia football since 1966.

"It all depends on his health," Williamson said.

MORE LINEBACKER MOVEMENT: Georgia started its fifth different combination of linebackers in as many games when Akeem Dent (strong side), Marcus Washington (middle) and Rennie Curran (weak side) opened the game.

Notably absent from that rotation was junior Dannell Ellerbe, who led the Bulldogs with 73 tackles coming into the game. Georgia's next-most prolific tackler before Saturday was cornerback Asher Allen with 49 stops.

Washington started because Ellerbe missed several practices this week due to injury, linebackers coach John Jancek said. Ellerbe played and made four tackles. Washington had four as well, and Curran had a team-high 13.

"Marcus took all the reps, and I just felt like he's the guy that practiced and he's a good player too, so I'm going to go with the guy who practiced," Jancek said. "It's not that Dannell was in any trouble or anything like that."

The last time the Bulldogs started the same linebackers in back-to-back games was the Sept. 22 Alabama game and the Sept. 29 Ole Miss game.

HEBRON RETURNING SOON: Linebacker Akeem Hebron, who was suspended from the university for two violations of the school's alcohol policy, plans to return to Athens in January, Georgia Military coach Bert Williams confirmed this week.

Hebron, who was a Parade All-American while in high school in Maryland, has 20.5 tackles in nine games for GMC this season. If he enrolls in school for spring semester, he will be able to participate in spring practice.

THIS AND THAT: Sonny Seiler, owner of Georgia mascot Uga VI, said he hopes current mascot is healthy, and he expects him to return next year. "I hope so," Seiler said. "I hope I am." … Asher Allen returned the first kickoff of the game 82 yards. Allen finished with four returns for 126 yards. He is now second in school history in season kickoff return yardage with 582 yards. … Kelin Johnson's blocked punt that set up Georgia's go-ahead score was the first blocked kick of the season for the Bulldogs. The last punt block came in last year's UAB game. … Thomas Flowers had a career-high seven tackles.


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