Originally created 11/05/06

Raley's good day ends early

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky defensive tackle Myron Pryor hit receiver Mario Raley from the front.

Linebacker Braxton Kelley hit Raley from the back.

Raley hit the turf - and didn't move.

"It was kind of scary," Georgia running back Danny Ware said. "You never want to see a guy go down like that, especially a teammate and friend."

Raley was injured on Georgia's sixth play of the fourth quarter during the Bulldogs' 24-20 loss Saturday when he was sandwiched by Pryor and Kelley on a tunnel screen from Matthew Stafford. It appeared that the crown of Kelley's helmet struck the rear of Raley's helmet as he was falling backward.

Play was halted for nearly 15 minutes while both teams' training staffs and emergency medical personnel worked to stabilize the senior. With the Commonwealth Stadium crowd silent, the senior was carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital, where Georgia coach Mark Richt expected him to stay overnight.

"From what I've been told by (director of sports medicine) Ron Courson, once he got to the hospital and settled down, that everything was moving, all his extremities were moving," Richt said.

"I think one leg was not responding real good out there on the field when he left. Once he got to the hospital, all the movements in his legs and arms came back."

Raley was having one of his better games before the injury.

He sealed Georgia's longest scoring drive of the year with a 10-yard catch from Stafford in the first quarter and had a 25-yard grab to start Georgia's final drive of the third quarter. They were his first catches since the South Carolina game.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Gordon Ely-Kelso hasn't attempted a field goal or an extra point since his senior year of high school.

That's likely to change this week.

After Andy Bailey's two misses and after his low PAT slammed into the back of an offensive lineman on Georgia's final touchdown, Ely-Kelso was on the sidelines warming up with holder Brian Mimbs.

Richt was not committed to making the switch from Bailey to Ely-Kelso, but he said it's a possibility.

"There's definitely a chance Gordon ends up being our field goal guy," Richt said.

A scholarship player, Bailey was Georgia's kicker until he missed an extra point in the 2004 Capital One Bowl. Brandon Coutu replaced him, but Coutu suffered a season-ending injury the week before this year's Tennessee game.

Bailey has missed his past three field goal attempts (38, 40, 47 yards) and missed two PATs in the past three games.

OLIVER'S TWIST: Paul Oliver is considered one of the Bulldogs' top cover cornerbacks in a much-maligned secondary.

Just because he might be the best doesn't mean the junior is not prone to a lapse here and there.

Kentucky's two passing touchdowns were the result of blown coverages by Oliver.

Quarterback Andre Woodson slipped a 5-yard strike past Oliver to Keenan Burton in the second quarter on a play when Oliver never saw the ball.

Burton exposed Oliver again in the fourth quarter when he slithered away from his coverage and caught a 15-yard score.


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