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Former opponent praises Kentucky Football

Former Georgia Bulldog starter respects the Cats.

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There is no question the Kentucky football program is improving.

After a rough stretch of missing bowl games from 2011-15, the team has won seven games in back to back years. They also found ways to take down Tennessee for only the second time in 33 years and beat a Louisville team with a Heisman-winning quarterback in that two year span. Despite the improvement, one team the Wildcats still can’t seem to figure out is the Georgia Bulldogs.

Kentucky has not taken down the Bulldogs since 2009. Kentucky came close in 2016 when they lost by just a field goal at home, but in 2017 the Cats held their own early trailing by only one after the first quarter and by two possessions after one half, but the game quickly got away as they fell by a final of 42-13 in Athens.

Georgia later went onto win the SEC East, SEC Championship, and won the Rose Bowl falling just one win away from the National Championship.

Despite taking down, the Cats handley one former Bulldog had strong praise.

Linebacker Lorenzo Carter recorded three total tackles in the Georgia win over Kentucky back in November of 2017.

Carter played for the Bulldogs for four seasons and took over a starting role in his freshman year never to let go. In his senior year, Carter got to the quarterback for four and a half sacks, 62 total tackles, and forced three fumbles.

As a result, Carter was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft by the New York Giants. Carter has gotten high praise from Giants reporters and has a chance to be a starter from day one.

Carter played in four games against Kentucky in his college career but, despite being a rival, the former Bulldog had strong words of praise for his former SEC East rival.

Lorenzo Carter (7) makes a tackle against Kentucky in a game during his 2014 Freshman season.
(Photo by John Kelley)

“They have a squad” Carter said when asked about competing and defeating the UK football team.

When asked about Kentucky star running back Benny Snell Jr who rushed for 94 yards and a Touchdown in the loss against Georgia Carter couldn’t disagree with the fact the Benny is indeed a “beast.”

Kentucky football has the respect of this former rival and now New York Giants professional.

Lorenzo Carter (59) with the Giants during Rookie Minicamp in may.
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