Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game: Alabama vs. Georgia

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Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game: Alabama vs. Georgia

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Kevin Butler
Kevin Butler
[su_spacer size=”20″] Kevin Butler, former University of Georgia legendary kicker and a member of the Georgia radio broadcast team, will each week during the 2015 football season select his offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week for Bulldawg Illustrated. Here are Butler’s selections and reasons why for the Bulldogs’ 38-10 loss to Alabama Saturday.
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[su_spacer size=”40″] Junior right guard Greg Pyke, one of the Bulldogs’ offensive leaders up front who helped Georgia rush for 193 yards against the rugged Crimson Tide defensive front … the first time an opposing team has run for 100 yards against Alabama this season.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The redshirt junior is my player of the game on offense,” said Butler. “Greg’s attitude and pure determination is what needs to be a characteristic for every lineman on Georgia’s team. Greg played well against a much bigger defensive line in Alabama’s front seven and fought hard. In a game where it is hard to find positives, Greg’s effort on the offensive line proved to play out with Nick Chubb earning his 13th consecutive 100-yard game. The Bulldogs can bounce back in Tennessee if Pyke’s leadership and effort spreads to his fellow linemen this week.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] DEFENSE
[su_spacer size=”40″] Senior tackle Sterling Bailey who had nine total tackles for a Georgia defense that had its backs to the wall for much of Saturday’s game.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The senior defensive lineman had 9 total tackles in a battle of the big boys against Alabama,” said Butler. “Derrick Henry is a beast and Georgia did a pretty good job containing Henry in the first half and Sterling was a big factor in making Alabama work to get the victory. The special team mistakes helped Alabama play on a short field and when that happens it’s never a good thing for the defense. Sterling is in his final year at Georgia and has fought hard to be a starter and this is his time to step out in front and be a leader… and we need him to!”
[su_spacer size=”40″] SPECIAL TEAMS
[su_spacer size=”40″] With the Bulldogs getting a punt blocked for an Alabama touchdown, having inconsistent punting and also allowing the Tide to have 69 yards on six punt returns, no Georgia player earned the special team honor this week.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “None,” said Butler
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[su_spacer size=”40″] Make sure to check out Bulldawg Illustrated’s latest print edition: Don’t Jump Ship, digital issue available for free online click HERE.
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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.