Kevin Butler’s Players of the Week: Kentucky vs. Georgia

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Kevin Butler’s Players of the Week: Kentucky vs. Georgia

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Kevin Butler
Kevin Butler
[su_spacer size=”40″] 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’ 27-3 win over Kentucky Saturday.
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[su_spacer size=”40″] Sophomore tailback Sony Michel, who rushed for a career-high 165 yards on 24 carries, including a 45-yard run from scrimmage, and scored a touchdown to spark the Bulldogs’ offense in the romp over the Wildcats.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “The sophomore from Florida turned in his finest rushing performance as a Bulldog with 165 yards on 24 carries, and it could not have come at a better time than Saturday against Kentucky,” said Butler. “It had been 28 long days since the Dawgs got into the end zone and Sony’s efforts enabled the Bulldogs to get to paydirt. Though it was not Sony who crossed the goal line first, his score in the third quarter gave the Dawgs a 10-point lead that would only grow. Sony has been asked to do more on offense since the injury to Chubb and he showed his skills on Saturday. I hate to say this … but wait ’till next year when the Sony & Chubb Show will be running again in Athens!”
[su_spacer size=”40″] DEFENSE
[su_spacer size=”40″] Sophomore safety Dominick Sanders, who intercepted Kentucky’s ace quarterback Patrick Towles twice and returned the picks for a total of 62 yards to ignite a Georgia defense which held the Wildcats to no touchdowns and just 180 yards of total offense.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “As the defense continued to fight and remained on the field for much of October, Dominick Sanders’ play Saturday helped the defense get off the field with his two key interceptions against Kentucky,” said Butler. “Getting the defense headed in the right direction in November can only happen if the defense gets turnovers and Dominick was the catalyst the Dawgs have been looking for. Even though Dominick fumbled the first interception after a return, the second INT helped the Dawgs secure a much-needed win. Sanders is only a sophomore but we see his maturity starting to come to the forefront of his play. Keep up the great work, Dominick!”
[su_spacer size=”40″] SPECIAL TEAMS
[su_spacer size=”40″] Sophomore Brice Ramsey, who takes this honor for a second straight week after averaging 47.7 yards on three punts, including a 53-yard kick and one punt going inside the Kentucky 20. Playing behind starter Greyson Lambert at quarterback in the second quarter, Ramsey also connected on four of his six pass attempts.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “For the second week in a row Brice has stepped up his punting skills and averaged 47.7 which enabled the Dawgs to win the battle for field position,” said Butler. “The Wildcats’ average starting position was their own 23-yard line. When your punter can help control field position with consistent punting it will only help the team reach its goal of WINNING! Brice’s attitude is something that needs to be recognized because of his unselfish approach to helping the team however he can, and his punting is a great addition. You can measure a punter by the net … and Brice is a net win.”
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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.