Man, this sends a little chill down my spine.
Ekeler also coaches the Bulldogs’ kickoff coverage team, and he was less pleased with its performance against the Vols. Georgia did not have a touchback, Tennessee averaged 40.6 yards on the field-position swap, Georgia fell to eighth in the league in kickoff coverage (40.3 ypr).
Ekeler took the blame for that as well.
“Last game, we stunk it up,” he said. “I believe in this: As a coach, you don’t point a finger, you point a thumb.”
Vanderbilt features one of the best kickoff returners in the SEC. Sophomore defensive back Darrius Sims already has two returns for touchdowns, both of them coming in the same game against South Carolina.
Ekeler indicated the Bulldogs aren’t planning to pooch or directional kick to counteract Sims’ returns.
“We’ll kick it deep and we’ll challenge ourselves,” he said. “We’re not going to back away from anybody.”
What is it with special teams at Georgia and challenge? At least Ekeler isn’t going down Fabris’ directional kick road.