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Natrez Patrick (6) and Maurice Smith (2) on the stop
Natrez Patrick (6) and Maurice Smith (2) on the stop



(4-4) Georgia is on the road for their seventh conference game of the season for a night time match-up against Kentucky, and they need a win something fierce. Murray Poole has some Bulldogs for you to watch that are key in order to get that win in Lexington this Saturday.



Patrick moved into the Bulldogs’ starting lineup toward the end of his freshman season in 2015 and has evolved into Georgia’s leading tackler this season, along with fellow sophomore linebacker Roquan Smith. Out of Mays High School in Atlanta, the 6-3, 238-pound Patrick has a real nose for the football and, young as he is, is being counted on to be a team leader as the Bulldogs enter their final four games of the regular season against Kentucky, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette and state rival Georgia Tech.



One of the Bulldogs’ fastest players, the 6-0, 170-pound senior out of Tallahassee, Fla. has seen starting action the past three seasons for Georgia, at both flanker and as a kick returner.

The biggest moment of his career came in 2013 when he had a school-record 98-yard touchdown catch from Aaron Murray against North Texas and 134 receiving yards in that same game. In 2014, Davis reeled off a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee. The Bulldogs could use more big plays from Davis going down the stretch of the 2016 season.



Sitting out Georgia’s first six games this season due to an alcohol-related suspension, Ledbetter returned to the field in the Bulldogs’ agonizing loss to Vanderbilt on Homecoming and proceeded to record four tackles and a half tackle-for-loss. The 6-4, 269-pound sophomore out of Tucker High School has both strength and quickness off the ball and adds good depth to Georgia’s defensive front. He is being counted on greatly going forward.



One of the states of Georgia’s greatest college football players of all time, Rocker was named defensive line coach at Georgia on Jan. 28, 2014 and added the title of Associate Head Coach in 2015. Rocker came to UGA after three years as defensive line coach with the NFLs Tennessee Titans. He is a former Auburn All-America defensive tackle, 1988 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Rocker helped Georgia’s 2015 defense rank among the top 10 in the country in three categories and is presently teaming with head coach Kirby Smart to build 2016’s young defense into a most formidable one.



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Murray Poole is a 1965 graduate of the University of Georgia Journalism School. He served as sports editor of The Brunswick News for 40 years and has written for Bulldawg Illustrated the past 16 years. He has covered the Georgia Bulldogs for 53 years.