The good: There are plenty of kudos to go around after Saturday’s game. The first goes to the offensive line, which was pushed around by Arkansas, but didn’t allow a single sack against the Gators. “I think we pass protected better than we run blocked,” Coach Mark Richt said. “I was glad we were able to give David (Greene) the time and space to do what he did. I thought our runners at times made some great runs just to get a couple short yardage first downs. We need to block a little bit better in the run game.” Punter Gordon Ely-Kelso also had a whale of a game. He averaged 51.5 yards on four kicks.
The bad: Georgia’s defense hasn’t looked as bad as it did Saturday in a long time, maybe ever. The Gators had 458 yards of total offense, 110 more than Georgia had given up in any game this season. Richt has cut back on the team’s full contact during practice the last two weeks because it’s getting late in the year and he doesn’t want to beat his team up, but he will consider going back to it after seeing how many missed tackles Georgia had, he said. Overpursuit was also a problem as Florida players got too many yards cutting back against the grain. “That was a big part of it,” Richt said.
The ugly: Georgia’s kickoff return team still stinks. The Bulldogs’ average starting field position on drives in which they got the ball by kickoff was their own 14-yard line. (That doesn’t include the failed onside kick Florida attempted on the final series.) Georgia is now 115th in the country in kickoff returns. There are only 117 Division I-A teams. “We have to do something,” Richt said. “It’s not very good right now, and it hasn’t been all year. This was a step backward again. I’ve been hoping people just kick it out of the end zone or into the end zone so we can take a knee and get it at the 20.” Richt doesn’t expect to replace returners Tyson Browning and Bryan McClendon since they aren’t the biggest problem, he said. “We’re just not blocking very good right now,” he said.
The injuries: Safety Thomas Davis (sprained knee and ankle) is doubtful for the Kentucky game but isn’t thought to be seriously injured. Fullback Des Williams (shoulder) is questionable for this week’s game. Mary Persons graduate Tra Battle will replace Davis in the starting lineup against the Wildcats.
Notable: The three big Florida schools -- Florida, Florida State and Miami -- made headlines Saturday by losing on the same day. That’s the first time that has happened since 1978. Richt was a freshman quarterback sitting out his redshirt season at Miami that season. “So it was a long time ago,” he said. “I was probably at home twiddling my thumbs when that happened.”
Up next: Georgia plays unranked Kentucky on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Lexington. The game will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot.