It sounds like Mark Richt yearns for the quieter, simpler days of Logan Gray fielding punts.
“We’ve just had, overall, too many bad decisions,” Richt said. “We’ve caught the ball inside the 10 when we shouldn’t. We’ve let the ball bounce and not field it when we should’ve. These aren’t all Malcolm’s issues. This has been the last couple of years.
“It may end up being Rhett McGowan before it’s over if he can communicate the best, secure the ball the best and field the ball the best. We’re trying to find an answer there.”
In all seriousness, he’s got a point. There’s been some dicey play in Georgia’s punt return game so far. And in limited action, I’ve liked what I’ve seen from McGowan better than anyone else I’ve watched field punts this season. He gets north-south in a hurry with very little wasted motion; you can make up for not having elite speed with good vision and instincts. In that sense, McGowan kind of reminds me of Thomas Flowers.