ATHENS, Ga. — The Kentucky Wildcats have experienced little success this football season, with a rash of injuries leaving them low on talent and experience.
As for sympathy this week, the Wildcats have little of that, too.
"I don't feel sorry for anybody," Georgia inside linebacker and leading tackler Amarlo Herrera said Tuesday. "Nobody felt sorry for us when we lost or when we had people suspended. Teams went after us, so I don't feel sorry for anybody."
The No. 13 Bulldogs are four-touchdown favorites against a 1-6 team coming off a six-touchdown loss at Arkansas that was called with five minutes remaining in the third quarter due to lightning. Kentucky will be without its top two quarterbacks and top two tailbacks Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium, and six of its eight defensive backs on the two-deep depth chart will be true freshmen.
Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Arkansas already have thumped the Wildcats by a combined 114 points, but the Bulldogs believe that feeling sorry for another program has no place in football.
"I don't expect anybody to feel sorry for me," coach Mark Richt said. "I expect everybody to hook it up and play the very best that they can play. I expect everybody to watch film and get the best plan possible and try to exploit whatever can be exploited and play 60 minutes as hard and as fast as you can play against anybody you play.
"I'm sure that's how all of the coaches feel in the league."
The Wildcats have played 14 true freshmen this season and are expected to start four against Georgia: quarterback Jalen Whitlow, cornerback Cody Quinn and safeties Daron Blaylock and Zack Blaylock. That three freshmen are starting in Kentucky's secondary should provide a huge plus for Georgia's passing game.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson finished last week's abbreviated contest with 372 yards and five touchdowns, and his Razorbacks racked up 307 total yards in the first quarter alone.
"With the veterans we have out wide and with the veterans we have all over the field, we can really do some damage to those guys if we can handle our business," Georgia receiver Tavarres King said. "That's the plan, man."
Said quarterback Aaron Murray: "You can't feel sorry for anyone. You just have to go out there and play with whoever you have."
Murray had his worst game statistically in the 35-7 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 6, and he learned the next day that his father was having to undergo surgery for thyroid cancer. He was able to take two trips to Tampa last week ahead of Georgia's open date and said his father returned to work last Friday.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...