A bruised and battered Georgia football team left Kroger Field Saturday night with a win over a Kentucky squad that didn’t quite play as big as it talked.
As the game was winding down, I shook hands with Sonny Smart and mentioned quality depth as my assessment of the win. His reply was, “speed.” I think we were both right. Georgia’s speed kept UK bottled-up (Benny Snell) and the depth that Sonny’s son has recruited allowed the Dawgs to continue to perform at a high level as those bumps and bruises mounted during the contest. One can not teach speed, but one can recruit it – and Kirby has.
Georgia continues to develop young talent. The game experience that the young pups have picked up is going to pay dividends in the stretch run and into future seasons. Speaking of young pups, when have you seen a quarterback that runs as hard a Justin Fields? That run on third and nine in the fourth quarter put the final nail in Kentucky’s coffin. Of course, the Dawgs’ offensive line had already worn down the Wildcats’ front seven, but Fields’ fullback-like run sealed the deal.
Next, the plainseagletigers come to Athens for the South’s Oldest Rivalry renewal. A crippled Georgia squad will greet them, but everyone is banged up this time of year. Perhaps Ben Cleveland will be cleared to take some of the strain of the Dawgs’ offensive line in time for Saturday’s game. If Cleveland and a couple of others can heal a bit, maybe some of those walking-wounded can get some much needed R&R the next week when UMass comes to Sanford Stadium. A healthy team is going to be required for the run to the playoffs.