Isaiah McKenzie

Georgia scores 17 straight for second consecutive win vs. Auburn in Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry

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At the beginning of the season it was thought Saturday’s game between Auburn and Georgia could serve as a preview of the SEC Championship Game. That, obviously was not the case and we saw the latest exmaple of why in the afternoon’s early slate of games. Georgia (7-3, 5-3 SEC) scored 17 striaght second-half points to hand Auburn (5-5, 2-5 SEC) a 20-13 loss and drop the Tigers to .500.

Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt 53 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Moments earlier, on Georgia’s previous possession, the Bulldogs offense got caught going the wrong way with penalty after penalty setting up a 3rd and 41. It was the second touchdown of the half for McKenzie after rushing for a four-yard score in the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10. Georgia later added a field goal to pad the lead.

Auburn lost two fumbles in the second half, including one by Ricardo Louis on 3rd and 2 at the Georgia five-yard line. With the Tigers down 10 points, the Tigers had their most promising drive of the half until Louis pushed up the middle and lost the football as he reached for a touchdown. He may have already had the first down if he held on to the football.  There was a certain bit of irony in Louis being the one to lose the fumble, of course. It was Louis who caught the deflected pass from a pair of Georgia defenders two seasons ago that handed the Bulldogs a loss.

Neither offense did much to deserve a win. Auburn had three turnovers, but the Tigers outgained Georgia 275-243. Neither team eclipsed the century mark througfh the air. Greyson Lambert of Georgia completed 12 of 17 passes for 97 yards, and Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson completed 14 of 22 passes for 61 yards. Neither threw a touchdown pass.

This was Georgia’s final SEC game of the season, with Georgia Southern at home on the schedule next week and the regular season finale against rival Georgia Tech in Atlanta the following week. The Bulldogs won five games in SEC play in all but just three seasons since Mark Richt has been the head coach of the program.

Auburn was a popular preseason pick to make a run for the SEC, playoff and perhaps the national championship. The reality of this season is now that Auburn must beat Idaho next week to become bowl eligible, because a win against Alabama is probably not very likely in this year’s Iron Bowl the way Alabama has been playing.

Report: Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie allegedly threatened to kill a woman

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File this one under stories Georgia head coach Mark Richt would least like to have to worry about the week his Bulldogs host Alabama. Five Georgia football players have been named in an incident report filed by the Athens-Clarke County Police from Monday night. Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is accuised of making “terroristic threats or acts” to a female. Safety Dominick Sanders and Jarvis Wilson, linebacker D’Andre Walker and wide receiver Terry Godwin are also all named as witnesses to the incident in question. No charges have been filed at this time, and the investigation is still ongoing.

The reported incident, according to Georgia student newspaper The Red & Black‘s original report, took place Monday night in a Chilli’s restaurant. Per the police report, McKenzie allegedly made a death threat to the unidentified woman. The incident allegedly happened around 10:40 p.m. on Monday.

McKenzie is third on Georgia’s team in receiving with 89 yards on five receptions in four games this season. Godwin is fourth with 76 yards on seven receptions. Sanders is fourth on Georgia’s defense in tackles and Walker has half a sack this season. At this time no suspensions have been announced and Richt has not commente don the situation publicly. There is no indication at this time if any player besides McKenzie is connected to making any threats other than simply being a witness to the alleged incident.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette headlines 44 named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

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It’s early July, so you know what that means: Slow news days and everyone’s favorite, watch lists! Today’s list of players who could win an award in December is for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player

The list:

Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Budda Baker, Washington
V’Angelo Bentley, Illinois
Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana Monroe
Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
Trevor Davis, California
Matt Dayes, N.C. State
Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Tyler Ervin, San Jose State
Leonard Fournette, LSU
Autrey Golden, UTEP
Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech
Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Carlos Harris, North Texas
Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
Myles Jack, UCLA
Adoree’ Jackson, USC
Corey Jones, Toledo
Isaiah Jones, East Carolina
William Likely, Maryland
T.J. Logan, North Carolina
Byron Marshall, Oregon
Jalin Marshall, Ohio State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Ronnie Moore, Bowling Green
Teldrick Morgan, New Mexico State
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
Daz’Mond Patterson, Ohio
De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska
James Quick, Louisville
Alex Ross, Oklahoma
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss
Shane Williams- Rhodes, Boise State
Stanley Williams, Kentucky
Myles Willis, Boston College
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

Fournette should be the early favorite here — in the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame, he rushed for 143 yards on 11 carries (including an 89-yard TD run) and returned a kick 100 yards for a score.

Then again, Fournette could be considered a favorite to win just about any award he’s eligible for in 2015.

Georgia puts running game on spring shelf in favor of QB competition

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The Georgia Bulldogs gave rising star running back Nick Chubb just one carry before removing him from the game. The Bulldogs also held out Keith Marshall and Sony Michel for the game due to injuries. We all know Georgia is going to have a strong running game, so there was no real need to put anyone at risk in the spring game. That allowed for a good opportunity for the passing game to be put to the test.

Georgia has no Aaron Murray to count on this season, but that does not necessarily mean the Bulldogs have a problem at quarterback. Saturday afternoon’s spring game in Athens put all three options to work. Faton Bauta had a particularly solid afternoon with good timing with his receivers but did not show off much deep down field. Brice Ramsey showed off a solid arm but lacked consistency with his accuracy. Jacob Park was the third man in, which likely means he will be a backup in the fall, but he played well when given the opportunity.

So, where do things stand now?

“I think it’s still a race,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said after the game, according to Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report via Twitter. “There’s no question it’ll go through summer and fall before we settle on one.”

Not a bad way to go about it when dealing with a full-fledged quarterback situation. It is also not unexpected for Richt to see the passing game sit where it currently does. This will sort itself out over the summer leading up to the start of the 2015 season.

“Has any [QB] mastered their craft yet? No, but that’s not expected.”

Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie had some good highlights, but a hamstring injury brought an early end to his afternoon. The severity of the injury does not figure to have any long-term impact for the fall, but he should sit out the final two practices Georgia has scheduled in the coming week.

Watch out Auburn! No. 20 Georgia shows off balanced offense and now gets Gurley back

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Nick Chubb rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown as No. 20 Georgia (7-2, 5-2 SEC) ran away from Kentucky (5-5, 2-5 SEC) Saturday afternoon in Lexington. The Bulldogs put up 63 points in a victory as they prepare for a big crossover game against Auburn, and now they get ready to welcome back Todd Gurley to the offense.

Chubb carried the football 13 times for Georgia Saturday in his final game as the go-to player on the ground. If nothing else, Chubb proved capable fo carrying the offense if needed, but next week should see Georgia get Gurley back into the mix. Gurley had missed four games due to a violation of NCAA rules regarding signing memorabilia for compensation. His return will come at a great time for Georgia, as the Bulldogs still need to win some games to come out on top of the SEC East. Georgia trails Missouri in the SEC by one game in the loss column. Time is running out for Georgia though, with just one more SEC game to be played this season. Georgia owns a head-to-head victory tiebreaker over Missouri. Missouri still has three more SEC games to play after a bye week this weekend.

Even without Gurley, Georgia’s offense has played well with the exception of last weekend against Florida. The Bulldogs rushed for 305 yards as a team and passed for 254 yards. Georgia was a perfect eight-for-eight on third down conversions against Kentucky and the offense piled up 559 yards of total offense. Quarterback Hutson Mason tossed four touchdown passes and five different players entered the end zone for Georgia as the offense spread things around and even got some playing time for reserves. Isaiah McKenzie also had a huge impact on special teams for Georgia. McKenzie opened the game with a 90-yard touchdown return on the game’s opening kickoff. In the second half, McKenzie again struck gold with a 59-yard punt return to give Georgia a 49-24 lead at the time.

Kentucky remains one win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. Although the Wildcats had some good moments against Georgia, Kentucky was unable to come out of the half and make anything happen. Kentucky will have two more games to clinch eligibility. Next week Kentucky visits Tennessee for the final SEC game on the schedule for the Wildcats. Two weeks later Kentucky will visit in-state rival and ACC member Louisville. Getting to a bowl game will not come easy for Kentucky at this late stage, but it is not that far out of reach either.

Kentucky is heading in the right direction as a football program, but Georgia is still multiple stages beyond where the Wildcats are trying to go.