Woo, boy, check out a couple of tidbits from Seth Emerson regarding Georgia’s shaky placekicker situation.
Meanwhile, the kicking uncertainty will present another issue for Georgia coaches: The travel roster. The first game is a neutral non-conference game, so there shouldn’t be many limitations, and there will be even less the following week, at home against Nicholls State. But the next two games are road SEC games, which means a 70-man limit.
The likelihood is that both Brice Ramsey and Marshall Long will travel, unless Ramsey wins the punting job and Long is kept home. Otherwise, that’s two spots for punters, so does Georgia want to use up more than three valuable travel roster spots for kicking specialists? That makes it very unlikely that Blankenship, Ham and Wasson would all travel, and very possible only one does.
And here’s the other.
Blankenship was brought to campus last year with the idea that he’d be the guy in 2016. Those plans seemed awry late in the season, when then-head coach Mark Richt went up to walk-on Patrick Beless to ask if he had any eligibility remaining. Beless said he didn’t, which Richt said left him “a little disappointed.” That didn’t sound like a coach in love with his options.
Did I say, woo, boy? Yeah, I think I did.
And before you get too excited about option number three…
“On field goals it will come down to William and Roderigo as I don’t see the consistency in Wasson’s leg yet. He does have some power but that is usually a trait with all young kickers but the consistency in college is what counts. Wasson also does not have the college experience yet with getting the ball off quicker and higher. He will also need to show he can effectively kick through college /professional goal posts since they are five feet closer than high school. At least Rod and William have been doing this for awhile.” – Marc Nolan, a respected kicking coach in Atlanta who has worked with several of the candidates.
That’s comforting. What’s the opposite of Dawg porn?