Offensive Players to Watch vs. Kentucky

Kyle Funderburk

Georgia football is coming off their worst half of football since the opening half of the Arkansas game. The Bulldogs failed to score in the second half against Alabama and turned the ball over twice.

The team spent the off week self-scouting, ironing out mistakes and figuring out how to better tailor the offense around its best skill players. This week, the Bulldogs apply those changes to a matchup against Kentucky, which fields one of the SEC's best defensive lines. The result should hopefully include big games for these four players:

Kendall Milton, Running Back

Milton is averaging 6.4 yards per carry, but his 21 carries in four games seem like a criminally low amount. This week, Georgia should finally unleash Milton. Don't expect the freshman to surpass Zamir White in carries, but Milton's superior vision will prove valuable against Kentucky's fantastic defensive line.

Stetson Bennett, Quarterback

After by far his roughest performance of the young season against Alabama, expect offensive coordinator Todd Monken to get Bennett some easy completions early in the game and get him comfortable. Then, look for Monken to design some explosive shots downfield for Bennett. It's imperative to get Bennett's confidence level up before their matchup with the Florida Gators in Jacksonville.

George Pickens, Wide Receiver

Against Alabama, Monken moved Pickens around the formations to find better matchups for the Biletnikoff Award candidate. As a result, Pickens had season highs in catches (five) and yards (53). Expect those moves to become permanent additions to Georgia's offense. Pickens should have no problem getting open against Kentucky's less-than-stellar pass defense.

Head coach, Kirby Smart mentioned during Wednesday's media availability that Pickens was dinged up but is expected to play. Even in a limited role, Pickens remains a player to watch in this contest. 

Kearis Jackson, Wide Receiver

Pickens is expected to have a great game, as is Jackson. Georgia's leader in catches (21) and receiving yards (323) will get open any time Pickens is covered, and vice versa. The two have complemented each other well all season. There's no reason why they'll stop now.

Jackson is at his best on intermediate routes and has found open space over the middle and near the sidelines. Even though Pickens is a better deep threat, Jackson is a significant threat after the catch. Expect a good number of combo routes featuring Jackson and Pickens.

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Kyle Funderburk
Kyle Funderburk

One of these days I'll be right about Georgia finally feeding Milton an appropriate amount of carries.


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