You guys know me – I’m always interested in stories of how Georgia kickers go about self-correcting flaws in their games. Today, it’s Collin Barber’s turn.
Barber is just trying to win back his starting job entering his junior season.
That begins, he said, not with his leg, but with his drop.
“I don’t care how strong your leg is, if you have a bad drop the ball is not going to go how you want it to,” Barber said.
… Barber, from Cartersville, worked on drills this offseason with his personal kicking coach, Marc Nolan of Roswell, to make sure the ball was where it needed to be on the drop.
“Right over my right foot and nose a little bit down instead of just kind of tossing it up and swinging at it,” Barber said.
Barber said he’s taking a “jab step,” now before he catches the ball to punt it.
“It’s shortening my steps and my get-off time,” Barber said.
Okay, again it’s with the outside kicking help. But what’s interesting about Barber’s story is that Richt seems to be on top of what he’s been doing.
“The operation time is a big deal,” Richt said. “The snap to the catch to the kick. There’s a certain time that you’re looking for and if you’re too slow in your operation time, it doesn’t matter how good you block, you’re probably going to be vulnerable to having your punts blocked. I would say Collin and Adam have done a tremendous job of getting their times down to where they’re very quick, almost two step punting instead of three step punting.”
Now if they can just get the punt coverage team to focus on protection.