Kentucky Week: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia held a 90-minute workout in helmets and shorts at Sanford Stadium on Thursday to finalize the game plan for their upcoming SEC contest with Kentucky.

Prior to Thursday's practice session, Georgia head coach Mark Richt met with the media an indicated that the team would follow normal Thursday procedure and that this week's practice has gone well.

"We are going to the stadium again," Richt said. "We are going to crank up the noise volume and operate just like any other Thursday on an away game. I do think we had a very good week of practice. Like I said on Tuesday, I actually thanked the guys for getting after it. It was very good medicine for us."

Richt also addressed injuries stating that the Bulldogs were pretty healthy. He stated that he expected senior defensive end Jeremy Lomax (shoulder) to be able to go this weekend, that a leg contusion would not be a factor by Saturday for junior quarterback Matthew Stafford, but junior linebacker Darius Dewberry (quadriceps) would not make the trip. Additionally, Richt indicated that redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Wood would travel with the team following his return from suspension.

The meeting between the Bulldog and the Wildcats will be 62nd game played in a rivalry that began in 1939. Last year in Athens, the Bulldogs posted a 24-13 win. That victory improved Georgia's series lead against Kentucky to 48-11-2. However, the Wildcats won the last matchup in Lexington, 24-20, and fans tore down one of the goalposts celebrating Kentucky's first win over Georgia since 1996. The Bulldogs all-time record in Lexington is 22-7 and this year's meeting will mark the third time in school history (2004 & 2006) in which Georgia will face Kentucky after playing Florida. In 2004, Georgia beat Florida and then defeated Kentucky in Lexington en route to finishing 10-2. In 2006, the Bulldogs lost to the Gators and were then upset by the Wildcats in Lexington and ended the year 9-4.

Under Richt, the Bulldogs are 16-4 after suffering a loss. After falling to Tennessee in 2007, Georgia reeled off an 11-game winning streak, including a 41-10 rout of No. 10 Hawai'i in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Richt is attempting to become only the sixth head coach who has won 80 or more NCAA Division I football games in his first eight seasons. His victories in that span include two SEC Championships and 26 wins over ranked teams. Georgia has attended a bowl game every season since Richt took over as head coach and the team's current streak of post-season appearances stands at 11, breaking the former school record set from 1980-89. Last year against Kentucky, Richt picked up his 70th win with the Bulldogs in seven seasons.


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