Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game: Georgia vs. Ole Miss 2023

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Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game: Georgia vs. Ole Miss 2023

Offensive Player

Kendall Milton -Against Ole Miss, Kendall Milton helped the Georgia offense take over the football game by having a tremendously successful, brutal running game. The offensive line imposed their will and determination on the Rebels throughout the game. Milton has always been a dangerous weapon and Saturday might have been his best explosion yet. Milton took over the rushing game and finished with nine carries for 127 yards with a long TD run of 51 yards. The Rebels like to score, but could not match the run game of Georgia because their defense could not stop Georgia. If Milton can have a 14.1 yard average, go ahead and buy your tickets to the national championship game. Great game Kendall.





Defensive Player

CJ Allen – With the absence of JDJ the Bulldogs turned to the next man up, CJ Allen, the freshman out of Barnesville, Georgia. He stepped in and performed like a seasoned veteran. CJ actually brought a little bit more speed to the middle of the field, and it was very evident by the pursuit laterally that the Bulldogs defense showed to stop a very productive Ole Miss offense. CJ performed much like every linebacker that has come out of Georgia recently with nine tackles, four solos and a sack in his debut as a starter for the Bulldogs. This is what separates the Bulldogs right now from most of their opponents, the development of players, and more importantly, having them ready to hit the field. CJ Allen was proof that the system is working.

Special Teams Player





William Mote – The senior snapper from Hoover, Alabama goes unnoticed and that means he’s doing an excellent job. At 6-0, 230-pound, William is certainly not a small figure. But his talent as a snapper goes beyond compliments because he has been flawless this year. Saturday was a perfect example. The conditions were a little bit challenging, but Mote did what he does best and that’s consistently snap the ball to the holder and Brett Thorson, our punter. As Payton Woodring goes on a streak 14 for 14, it starts with William and being able to work with a new holder and new kicker. William starts the foundation with a pure snap. We always take these guys for granted, but believe me never take your snapper for granted. Keep it up William … make your final march to another championship.


The unsung hero this week is really the overriding unsung hero for the whole year. Kirby Smart, his coaching staff and developmental staff once again highlighted the foundation of this great Georgia program. As easy as the fans think it is to replace a linebacker, a running back, a receiver, it just does not happen easily. It has to be developed. Georgia’s staff has done an unbelievable job of preparing this team to focus on the next thing, the next game, the next moment. It is unbelievable how influential these coaches and the developmental staff is at the University of Georgia are week in and week out. They are the foundation to championships, and we are reaping the benefits of one of the best coaching, staffs and developmental staffs in all of college football.





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