I doubt at the beginning of the year many Georgia fans would be hoping to spring the upset on Kentucky here in November, but here we are. Let’s
drink our sorrows away take a look at what’s going on around the program with the latest news and headlines.
Sophomore wide receiver Michael Chigbu spoke to the media yesterday. Like he has a been a handful of times this year, Chigbu was the voice of the reason during his session. The Dawgs have 21 seniors on their roster and, at this point, they have a bowl opportunity and pride to play for. Along the rest of the underclassmen, Chigbu hopes to send off this year’s class on a high note despite the struggles that have plagued the team this year. That would include playing spoiler on Saturday.
There was a return on offense and another absence on defense during practice yesterday. Wide receiver Riley Ridley was back at it, catching one of two passes thrown his way. Defensive lineman DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle was absent for the second straight day after injuring his knee against Florida.
Receiver Jayson Stanley also wasn’t present due to a “mild infection” per head coach Kirby Smart. Meanwhile safety Dominick Sanders was back at it for the second straight day and is expected to play against Kentucky.
Georgia is going through its options to redshirt offensive lineman Solomon Kindley, who has played a grand total of one snap all year - against Missouri in week three. Kindley has dealt with injuries and, as Smart put it, if he’s as good as the coaching staff hopes he’ll be then he won’t even play that extra year at Georgia.
Peeking ahead for a moment, the Georgia-Auburn game time is up in the air at this moment. We won’t know when the Dawgs and Tigers will play until after Saturday’s slate of SEC games. There are four other games, including LSU-Arkansas, South Carolina-Florida, Kentucky-Tennessee and Ole Miss-Texas A&M that are TBA in both time and broadcast (ESPN, CBS or SEC Network).
There are some parallels to be made between Smart and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops. Since 1992, the SEC has had 20 rookie head coaches. Of those, five are current including Smart, Stoops, Derek Mason (Vanderbilt), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) and Barry Odom (Missouri). Nine of the other 15 were fired within five years of being hired.