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UGA begins preparations for UK; Auburn's Newton named co-SEC Player of the Week; UGA's Murray, Jones also recognized

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday by the conference. 

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday by the conference. 

ATHENS — Riding a two-game winning streak, the Georgia football team began its preparations Monday for this week’s game at Kentucky with an hour-long workout.

The Bulldogs travel to Lexington to play Kentucky Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by CSS. The Bulldogs are 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, while Kentucky is 4-3 and 1-3. After last weekend’s upsets of South Carolina (by UK) and Florida (by Mississippi State), Georgia now finds itself still alive in the SEC East race.

“All we can do is focus on Kentucky,” tight end Aron White said. “That’s the team in front of us; that’s the task at hand. … We’ve been playing hungry the last couple of weeks. It hasn’t been like desperation; it’s been a hunger.”

That starts Saturday, said UGA coach Mark Richt.

“Kentucky is a very dangerous team,” Richt said. “They will not quit, no matter what. You know going in that you’re facing a team that will play 60 minutes.”

Monday’s practice included short-yardage, goal-line and special teams work.

Richt said the captains for Saturday’s game will be Ben Jones, Clint Boling, Demarcus Dobbs and Akeem Dent.

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SEC AWARDS:

UGA QB Aaron Murray and Jones were named as the SEC Freshman of the Week and the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, respectively. Murray went 15-of-24 for a career-high 287 yards with two touchdowns against Vanderbilt, while Jones anchored a line that accumulated 547 total yards as he graded out at 83 percent overall, including 100 percent on pass plays, and finished with a team-best 20 knockdown blocks and two pins.

Quarterbacks Cam Newton of Auburn and Mike Hartline of Kentucky were named the co-SEC offensive players of the week.

Newton ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 140 yards and a score against Arkansas. Hartline threw for 349 yards and four TDs against South Carolina