Oct 22, 2011; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Jonathan George (25) runs the ball against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Jacksonville State 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview: #25 Jonathan George


#25 JONATHAN GEORGE – RB
SR 5’10 221
Lincoln, AL

 BEFORE UK

George capped off a great high school career with  3,300 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns as a senior at Lincoln (Ala.) High School, which was enough to earn him an honorable-mention for All-State by the Alabama Sportswriters Association.

Football wasn’t even his most successful sport. George on three state championships in tack, including the 200-meter dash (senior year), 400-meter run (junior year) and was a member of the 4×400-meter relay unit that won the state title in his junior season.

George was also a state champion in his weight class in wrestling as a junior and senior.

AS A WILDCAT

George found it very difficult to find any playing time in his first two seasons at UK, as he was often the third or fourth RB on the depth chart, Slowly but surely, his playing time increased over the last three seasons as he became the #1 back at times during last season.

He played in 12 games, starting seven in a row, and finished the season rushing 108 times for 504 yards (4.7 average) and four touchdowns. he also showed his abilities as a pass-catcher, hauling in 21 passes for 223 yards and a TD. That’s key in Neal Brown’s offense, as he like to have aback capable of being a threat in the passing game. His breakout game came against Western Kentucky as he ran for 51 yards and two touchdowns while catching six passes for 54 yards and a TD.

George capped-off his breakout season with a career-long 45-yard TD run at Tennessee, and he’ll enter the 2013 season with an oppurtunity to be the opening day starter, and should be squarely in the rotation this year.

 

 

 

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