BBL: Georgia has been through this before

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Big Blue Links for Thursday:

Georgia has had its back to the wall before, writes Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. “Coming off a disappointing 6-7 season in 2010, the Bulldogs dropped their first two games in 2011 to Boise State and South Carolina. The temperature was high on Mark Richt’s seat, with Georgia’s head coach needing to find a way out of the situation he was in.”

Georgia’s quarterback is now a scout team safety, reports Chip Towers of the AJC. “Georgia’s Faton Bauta is working at safety in practice this week and that’s not a ruse, according to coach Mark Richt. In fact, Richt said the Bulldogs’ junior quarterback, coming off his first career start, actually volunteered to play safety on the scout team.”

Matthew Mitchell talks about the rash of departures in his program, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “The sky’s definitely not falling,” Matthew Mitchell told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday morning, a day after a third player parted ways with his women’s basketball program in as many weeks. “In fact, the sun’s coming up. There’s going to be some storms here and there, but I’m not concerned.”

John Calipari won’t give up, but Duke remains favorite for Harry Giles, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. “Calipari and UK assistant coach Kenny Payne were in Virginia on Tuesday night to watch Giles’ season opener, a little less than a week before he’s expected to announce a college decision that probably won’t go the Wildcats’ way.”

Mikel Horton back in form after concussion rattled his confidence, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “Mikel Horton was on the Kentucky bench and had no idea where he was. The running back had no idea how he got there. He didn’t remember his 8-yard touchdown run or the funky end zone celebration in front of the South Carolina students a few minutes before.”

Shannon Dawson could be a head coaching candidate, says Dan Wolken of USA Today. “Why he could be a head coach: Put up big numbers as West Virginia’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012-14 before making the transition to Kentucky. Where he fits: If Marshall’s Doc Holliday gets a Power Five job, Dawson could get in the mix there.”

Kentucky State’s coach will be making his first start against No. 2 UK, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “Darnell Williams makes his debut as a college head coach at No. 2 Kentucky Friday. It’s the same Kentucky that beat Ottawa by 59 points in its first exhibition game. In terms of getting your feet wet, it’s like jumping into the deep end of the pool.”

Penalties plague Kentucky’s offensive line, reports Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal. UK picked up several holding penalties in the loss to Tennessee last week.

Georgia could be going back to Greyson Lambert at quarterback, reports Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald. “If you’re talking between Brice (Ramsey) and Greyson, I don’t think there’s a big difference,” Richt said. “Quite frankly even with Faton (Bauta) it wasn’t like there was going to be a huge gameplan change and shift and all that kind of thing.”

Three guards means one good-looking offense, says Metz Camfield of CoachCal.com. “With so many point guards on the floor together, Kentucky got up and down the floor in a hurry, logging 84 possessions, which would have been a season-high one year ago. Despite the high number of possessions, UK committed just a dozen turnovers, and of its 48 made field goals, 32 were assisted (66.7 percent).”

Kentucky football addressing special teams miscues, reports Jeff Drummond of All Wildcats. UK assistant coach Andy Buh talked about getting things fixed after Tennessee returned two kicks for touchdowns last Saturday.

Photo of Georgia coach Mark Richt by Brandi Vorhees/McClatchy

Kentucky offense total yards this season

  • Louisiana-Lafayette 435
  • @South Carolina 399
  • Florida 241
  • Missouri 369
  • Eastern Kentucky 384
  • Auburn 497
  • @Miss State 423
  • Tennessee 349

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