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Thursday October 21, 2010

Chip Cosby of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports today that Kentucky RB Derrick Locke will definitely miss the Georgia game this Saturday. Locke, dealing with a shoulder stinger, missed Kentucky’s game last weekend against South Carolina and had been doubtful all along for Georgia.

Locke burned Georgia for 160 yards of total offense last year – 80 on the ground, and 80 on just two receptions, both of which were short screens that ended up going for touchdowns. He was by far the leading rusher on the team with 574 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, and he also was the team’s 4th-best receiver with 225 yards out of the backfield. The Wildcats managed just 52 yards rushing last week in their win over South Carolina without Locke.

Donald Russell, with 41 yards on 18 carries, was Kentucky’s top rusher last week. Russell is just as dangerous as Locke as a receiving option; he caught 7 passes for 70 yards against the Gamecocks. Randall Cobb of course will be another option to run the ball for Kentucky whether out of the Wildcat formation or on handoffs.

Georgia will also be without their starting tailback Caleb King. King is serving the tail end of a two-game suspension. Washaun Ealey, Carlton Thomas, and Aaron Murray helped Georgia rack up 232 rushing yards in King’s absence last week against Vanderbilt.

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