- QB Will Levis: Pronounced LEH-viss, not like the blue-jean company, Levis is the biggest reason the Wildcats have turned it around on offense this season. A graduate transfer from Penn State, this 6-foot-3, 232-pound junior is skilled and tough. He gives the Wildcats another rusher on the field, as his 4.1 yards per carry average and three touchdowns attest. But he’s also a proficient passer. He has completed 64% of his throws for 1,134 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.
- RB Chris Rodriguez: UGA fans should remember this 5-11, 224-pound back. He’s a native Georgian who played at Ola High School and was ignored by UGA in recruiting. Last year, he rushed for 108 yards to become one of only two players to go over 100 yards against the Bulldogs. He comes into Saturday’s game as the SEC’s leading rusher with 759 yards, seven touchdowns and a 6.33 per-carry average.
- OT Darian Kinnard: Smart called Kinnard the most physical offensive lineman in the SEC. The 6-5, 345-pound senior is a four-year starter at left tackle. Pro Football Focus grades him as college football’s top run-blocking tackle. A preseason All-SEC selection, he’s played in 39 games with 33 starts at left tackle in his career.
- WR Wan’Dale Robinson: This 5-11, 185-pound junior does it all for the Wildcats. He transferred to Kentucky from Nebraska, where he was a standout running back before switching to receiver. He’s now the Wildcats top pass-catching threat with 37 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns, also returns punts and has his team’s longest rush of the year (64 yards).
- DE Josh Paschal: This 6-3, 278-pound senior does it all for a Wildcats defense that is second to Georgia in most defensive categories. Paschal leads Kentucky with 7.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback hurries and sets the edge against the run with 25 total tackles.
- DB Yusuf Corker: Another McDonough product, this 6-0, 197-pound safety is the Wildcats’ defensive captain. A second-team preseason all-conference selection, Corker was second on the team with 77 tackles last year and comes into Saturday’s game with 36 stops, third for the Wildcats, and a team-best six pass breakups.
Georgia’s Smart again on Stoop’s Wildcats: “I say it all the time, to be a good football coach you have to have all of the phases: The recruiting phase, the organizational phase, the development phase. You have to be good in all phases – offense, defense, and special teams -- and they are really incredible at all three. They have a great system set up that they recruit to. They develop guys. It seems like every year you are talking about their defense, and they are doing a tremendous job offensively this year, as well. The quarterback and transfers they have gotten have really added juice to their offense, and they have a great special teams unit as well.”
In short, the Wildcats are for real.
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