101621 Athens: Georgia defenders stop Kentucky quarterback Will Levis short of the endzone during the finals minutes of the fourth quarter during a 30-13 victory in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Athens. “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

Georgia football winners and losers following Week 7 win over Kentucky

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Georgia football winners and losers following Week 7 win over Kentucky

Winner: Todd Hartley

The Georgia tight ends coach had a pretty great week for the Bulldogs. On Wednesday, he landed his top target for the 2022 recruiting cycle in 4-star tight end Oscar Delp.

Darnell Washington had 2 catches for 37 yards, both season-highs for the sophomore. John FitzPatrick snarred a 20-yard pass, giving him an explosive play as well.

“It’s mismatches,” quarterback Stetson Bennett said. “People with Fitz and Darnell’s size and Brock’s explosiveness, it creates matchup problems for whoever you put on them. They’re just so big, it’s like a safety blanket when you’re throwing to them. It’s hard to miss them.”

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Of Bennett’s 14 completions, 8 of them went to the tight ends. Bennett had another touchdown pass to Bowers that was called back due to a hold as well.

With all the injuries at wide receiver, the Bulldogs have had to lean on their tight ends this season.

It’s a major credit to Hartley that time and time again this group has been able to deliver for the Bulldogs.

“Our tight ends are weapons. They’re size guys, they make plays down the field,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “We’ve got a good, talented tight end room, and as long as they buy into the team-first concept, then we’ve got a chance to be successful.”

Loser: Georgia special teams

This is was clearly the worst game of the season for Georgia from a special teams standpoint. Jack Podlensy missed an extra point, snapping the longest streak in NCAA history of 363 straight made extra points. It was the first time since Smart became Georgia’s head coach that the Bulldogs missed an extra point.

Podlesny wasn’t alone though. Kearis Jackson bobbled two punts. Jake Camarda had a kickoff go out of bounds and shanked a punt as well.

“I did not think that we had the kind of special teams we needed to affect games,” Smart said.

If there was a positive, Georgia did block two kicks, with Jalen Carter and Devonte Wyatt keeping Kentucky from finishing with a total of 17 points.

Georgia’s defense and offense played well enough to where the special teams’ blunders didn’t impact the result. But in future games against elite foes, Georgia will need better play in this phase of the game.

Winner: Kendall Milton

Milton ripped off a 35-yard run, the longest rushing play of the season for the Bulldogs. But that is not why he makes this list.

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