You can never have enough walk-ons.

In light of current developments, you can read into this what you like.

It appears Georgia will have another option to kick, punt or just kick off this season.

Cameron Nizalek, who has kicked the past three years at Columbia in the Ivy League, said on his Twitter account that he will be a graduate transfer at Georgia this season. He will have a year of eligibility, and will be a walk-on.

Nizalek is expected to provide depth for the Bulldogs at all the kicking spots. A native of Chantilly, Va., he was mainly a punter at Columbia, though he also dabbled in field goals and kicking off. He was All-Ivy League honorable mention as a punter in 2015, his redshirt sophomore year.

Nizalek averaged 44.8 yards on 34 punts this past season, while another kicker punted 42 times, averaging 40.5 yards. Nizalek was not the primary kick-off man or field goal kicker for the Lions: He went 1-for-2 on field goals, and averaged 53.6 yards on five kickoffs.

I’ll simply say, welcome aboard, Cameron.

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23 responses to “You can never have enough walk-ons.

  1. DawgPhan

    I am looking forward to this guy missing a couple against App St in a losing effort as Kirby proves a point to the other walk-on’s dad.

    another bulldog point of pride.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    I am really pleased that a Columbia graduate sees UGA as a worthy university for grad school! What a nice endorsement of an UGA duration.

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    • Sherlock

      This is the most underrated comment of the month. There are so many “fans” that do not care about the University in any way except for the football team. I really home that Morehead is serious about increasing the endowment and moving up in academic rankings. He should be making getting an invitation to the AAU priority one after financial stability. The Columbia to Georgia route indicates he is probably going to be a Grady student.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        A client who calls himself a huge Georgia fan told me last summer, “I don’t give a f*** about education I want to win.” It is too common an attitude.

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  3. Nashville West

    If nothing else his B average, or better, in grad school should help the team gpa a little. He might also be a good mentor for our younger kickers.

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  4. CKS

    Checkmate,… current kicker’s dad

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  5. Bulldog Joe

    Big opportunity to improve the punting game.

    Welcome.

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  6. The Dawg abides

    I’m sure this has been in the works longer than the past couple of days. Looks more like a plan for depth at punter more than anything.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Gotta like this pick up. So Columbia has 2 punters who average over 40 yards? Can we interview their ST coach?

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  8. Interesting twist in the Process.

    Saban has historically left kickers alone and tried to not mess with their precious psyches (even to a fault).

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    • adam

      I am 99.99999% sure this kid is coming in to punt the ball. Marshall Long was 115th nationally in punting average. Brice Ramsey was 134th. This dude’s 44.8 yards per punt average in FCS would have been good enough for 8th in FBS.

      I don’t think this has anything to do with Blankenship, field goals, or kickoffs. I think this is about punting and punting only. Marshall Long may not be healthy again anytime soon and he wasn’t great when he was healthy. Brice is not a good punter. This dude should be a huge improvement.

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  9. Yea but what’s his family like?

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  10. AthensHomerDawg

    We’re going to try to get the best kickers we can to make that a competitive environment,” Smart said, “so we can improve the kicking game and essentially find a guy that can be the field goal kicker for us because it’s a little scary coming in for Shane, going `Wait a second. We don’t have a punter. We don’t have a returning snapper that started (after Nathan Theus finished at Georgia) and we don’t have a field goal kicker.’ That’s a little overwhelming but we didn’t want to commit a scholarship to a kicker as of now. We’ll see how that goes.”

    Cameron Nizialek has been a special teams weapon, scoring 38 points (including a touchdown on a fake field goal), including seven field goals, and ranks second in the Ancient Eight in punting to the Big Red’s Chris Fraser at 42.5 yards per punt.

    2016: Appeared in all 13 games…named to the SEC All-Freshman team, as selected by the league’s head coaches…14×18 on field goals…his 77.8 success pct. ranked 6th among SEC kickers…26×26 on PAT kicks this season…career-best performance came at Kentucky, when he converted all four FG attempts, including the game-winner as time expired…was 2×3 FGs and had touchbacks on 3 of 4 kickoffs vs. Auburn…booted three FGs vs. Vanderbilt, including a then-career-best 45-yarder…also contributed a tackle on kickoff coverage team vs. Vanderbilt…had 55 kickoffs with 21 touchbacks and an average starting yard line at the 28…made his first collegiate field goal in the Tennessee game, a 27-yarder…Finished spring drills as the Bulldogs’ top kicker …made two of three FG attempts (46 and 19 yards) and all three PATs for the victorious White team in G-Day spring game

    Ramsey has averaged 44.7 yards on his nine punts this season. His longest was 53 yards, his shortest has been 36, with every other attempt at least 40 yards. The one time he punted on the same drive he was at quarterback, against Kentucky, he booted a 42-yarder that was downed at the 11.

    As of right now he’s expected to undergo surgery next week and a full recovery is expected sometime in the next few months.The freshman from North Carolina has played in every game this season, punting 49 times for an average of 38.71. A U.S. All-American, Long flipped from Virginia Tech to Georgia late in the 2016 cycle.

    Our special teams suck…. Our special approach to special teams sucks.

    “That’s a little overwhelming but we didn’t want to commit a scholarship to a kicker as of now. We’ll see how that goes.”

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      “Ramsey has averaged 44.7 yards on his nine punts this season. His longest was 53 yards, his shortest has been 36, with every other attempt at least 40 yards. The one time he punted on the same drive he was at quarterback, against Kentucky, he booted a 42-yarder that was downed at the 11.”

      Homes, I was trained never to debate my intellectual betters, but, ah…I don’t know where that came from, but did you watch the Liberty Bowl, there?

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  11. Hogbody Spradlin

    I recall that Ivy League schools don’t provide athletic scholarships, so this player isn’t accustomed to having one. If he’s getting other financial aid, more power buddy, he’s a true student athlete.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      The Ivies do not give athletic scholarships. However, each has an endowment so large that they give tons of academic scholarships. I will bet you all the football players are getting scholarships. If a kid qualifies for admission to an Ivy she or he can get funding from the university.

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  12. PatinDC

    Hey I live in Chantilly and my kids go to Chantilly HS. Did this kid? They have not had good kicking that I have seen but you never know.

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