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Georgia vs. Kentucky: Kenarious Gates prepares to face Wildcats

Georgia lineman Kenarious Gates feels that he has transitioned well from left guard to left tackle this season.

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Kenarious Gates nearly went to the University of Kentucky. Just a few days before signing day, the 6'5, 318-pound Georgia native got a call from Stacy Searels, Georgia's offensive line coach at the time, offering him a full scholarship. He called Kentucky's Joker Phillips the next morning and never looked back.

Now, Gates is trying to bounce back from a rough game against South Carolina. The junior tackle had the unenviable task of blocking Jadeveon Clowney, who is perhaps the most dangerous defensive end in college football. Clowney got one sack and four tackles -- two for a loss -- and constantly applied pressure to quarterback Aaron Murray.

But Gates wasn't so discouraged, saying that he uses the game as a learning experience: "He taught me what I need to improve on. Hey, get him next year."

This week should be a little easier for Gates and the Georgia line, as Kentucky allows the most points per game in the SEC.

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