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NCAA Football: Georgia Spring Game Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes will be on the running game when Georgia meets Kentucky on Saturday. For the Bulldogs, they will be looking to reestablish Nick Chubb and Sony Michel after several weeks worth of struggles. The Wildcats are looking to continue their recent string of good performances on the ground with Stanley Williams and Benny Snell.

Despite their recent struggles, Chubb and Michel aren’t pointing fingers at their beleaguered offensive line. In fact, they are doing the opposite and encouraging them daily.

“They’re telling us to keep on doing what we do and go out there and work hard,” guard Dyshon Sims said. “They motivate us and keep us going at practice.”

The Bulldogs opened the season rushing for 289 yards against North Carolina and bottomed out last week against Florida with 21 yards on 19 carries. It has been a roller coaster ride for all involved but it is imperative that they correct their mistakes and get back on track if the Bulldogs hope to finish the season on a good note.

Jump starting a dormant running game isn’t the only task for the Bulldogs on Saturday. They must also slow down Kentucky’s talented duo if they hope to pull out a win. To accomplish that, Georgia will be leaning on their defensive backs to support their run defense after a solid performance against Florida.

More notes:

  • Freshman Marshall Long has started every game at punter this season but was replaced three times last week by Brice Ramsey. The Bulldogs are reportedly still undecided about who will start against Kentucky. Given their season results, this an area where a change might be needed.
  • Georgia’s men’s basketball team defeated Fort Valley State 94-38 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Yante Maten led the way for the Bulldogs with 19 points in just 20 minutes of action. Twelve of the fourteen players to appear in the game for Georgia scored. The Bulldogs will open the season at Clemson on November 11.
  • Georgia women’s basketball coach Joni Taylor gave birth to a daughter early Thursday morning. Both are doing well. Assistant coach Karen Lange will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis until Taylor is ready to return. The Lady Dogs open their season at home against South Carolina State also on November 11.